Watch: YouTube Video Invites Global Dancers to Join Flamenco Flashmob

Courtesy of La Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla
Farruquito's choreography for the 2016 la Bienal's flamenco flash mob.

Flamenco star Farruquito demonstrates the moves for mass street event to open Spain’s Flamenco Biennial.

A flamenco flashmob set to open Seville’s Flamenco Biennial is recruiting international participants via YouTube.

The mass flamenco dance will take place in Seville on the evening of Sept. 8, in the Plaza de Triunfo, near the city’s signature Giralda tower and the Seville Cathedral, which houses Christopher Columbus’ tomb.

At the same time, dancers from over 50 countries, representing flamenco schools and other groups dedicated to the Spanish musical genre will participate, performing in their own local guerilla gatherings and then uploading their videos to YouTube, according to Cristobal Ortega, the director of the annual festival, which organizers describe as “the most important flamenco gathering in the world.”

The celebrated 34-year-old flamenco dancer Farruquito created the choreography for the flash dance. He demonstrates the steps for participants to learn via a video on the Bienal’s YouTube channel and Web site. Over 30,000 people have viewed the instructional clip.

The flashmob is a way for flamenco to reach the world,” festival director Ortega says. “And for us to let people know that Seville is the world capital of flamenco.” Ortega says an audience of about 100,000 is expected to attend Biennial events, which take place from Sept. 9-Oct. 2 at various venues around Seville.

About 100 performances programmed for the festival's main stages and parallel events include appearances by flamenco royalty like guitar players Tomatito and Pepe Habichuela, singer José Mercé and global diva Estrella Morente; as well as younger generation flamenco idols like singers David Palomar and José Enrique Morente, and guitarist Jesus Gererro. Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba will perform together with flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández; vocalist Gerardo Nuñez will appear with a flamenco big band. Farruquito will also dance in an anticipated show at Seville's Teatro de la Maestranza.


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