Sculptor: José Luis Santes, Release year 2018
Dimensions: 44 x 38 cm
Flamenco Dancers represents the famous dance of southern Spain, flamenco, in the variant called bata de cola. Flamenco has won fame beyond Spain, and became part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.
The flamenco dress with a train, or bata de cola, is rarely found these days, due to the technical demands of the dance, the high cost of the dress itself, and its incompatibility with some modern flamenco styles. It first appeared in the later 18th century in Granada as a white percale dress of a special length. In the early 20th century the bata de cola dance became fashionable in flamenco shows thanks to Pastora Imperio and Antonia Mercé. The trains now in use are lighter in weight, but the dancers who wear them are regarded as true professionals.
In this piece the movement of the long train of the woman’s spectacular dress is just as vital as the expressive gestures of the dancers’ arms and hands. In gloss finish porcelain, the woman’s hair is adorned with a red rose to match her earrings, and the flounces of the bata de cola.
Made in Spain.