NOT FLAMENCO


contemporary dance classes / workshops



ll corpo: ecco una terra non ancora colonizzata dal potere.
— Pier Paolo Pasolini


Yalda Younes is in love with flamenco. She is as much in love with the way it builds, retains, and distributes energy (master of dynamics!), as she is with its humbling and empowering way of inhabiting this world. Simultaneously visceral and spiritual, social and solitary, organised and rebellious, flamenco has at its core the qualities of wildness that sustain the living and defeat authoritarianism. Reclaiming dignity through cathartic (self and collective) empowerment, self-derision and pleasure in simplicity, flamenco celebrates diversity, finds strength in vulnerability and joy in cooperation, embraces and even seeks unpredictability,  

These philosophical fundamentals of flamenco are rooted in Yalda’s practice and teaching, even though she approaches choreographic creation with a personal take that may seemingly not resemble flamenco. In lack of a better definition, she therefore calls her practice “not flamenco”, with the intention of paying respect to the spanish culture which is not her own, while also acknowledging her flamenco teachers who have influenced her movements, ears and thoughts, contributing to who she is today.

On a personal level, Yalda’s flamenco-immersed practice experiences the sonic body as an archaic mountain, a still movement with no beginning and no end, an organized chaos of sharp, dynamic micro-activities, an energetic discharge culminating in silence.
Her pedagogical skills are informed by her experience with traumatic injuries (when she used to hit the floor too hard, too angry), by the anatomical knowledge provided by her training as a yoga therapist, and by the generosity, humility and creative freedom conveyed by her beloved teacher, Israel Galvan.

Her classes are energetic, precise and safely guided, with equal emphasis on the emotional, physical and spiritual layers. They are filled with playful and poetic imagery, as she encourages singularity and creativity among her students, seeking the emergence of plural, shifting identities, outside geographic limitations and stigmatizations.

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