One of the most fascinating aspects of music and dance is how they often mirror the historical conditions from which they arose. The documentary film ‘Hola, Flamenco,’ demonstrates this point by focusing on how subtle differences between genres help tell Spain’s complicated story of migration and religious conquest. By watching, we learn that Flamenco’s exotic movements and rhythms – with their humble Arab, Jewish, Gitano (Romani) & Eastern roots – act as a looking glass, a living monument to cultural memories that might otherwise be lost.
This is an informational text that supplements material presented in 'Hola, Flamenco.' It can also be used standalone as part of a unit on Spanish/European History, the Reconquista, as a 'read and discuss' classroom activity, or as a take-home essay assignment. Help teach your students the historical significance of art. while encouraging them to think more deeply about their own favorite musical forms!
***The film is in Spanish, with English subtitles. Appropriate for all ages, though subject matter is best suited for Grades 6 and up. All academic materials are in English. Purchase bundle includes Flamenco and History-related informational texts and study materials for multiple grade levels. 'Hola, Flamenco' is an innovative and exciting way to teach the Common Core!***