Lola Martin, acclaimed Spanish choreographer, is aware that people in Kerala are yet to become familiar with Flamenco, though they have come across it in some films.
“Mix it judiciously with your South Indian classical dance. You can see how it works to jazz up fusion shows,” Lola Martin, an acclaimed choreographer from Spain, tells dance aficionados.
Lola, who is in the city for a three-day exclusive training programme in Flamenco, the Spanish dance form known across the world for its percussive footwork and intricate hand and body movements, will initiate interested youth into this sophisticated dance on Wednesday.
This Spanish dancer finds Indian classical dances very expressive and says she has fallen in love with Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. “I am sure that I can at least experiment with the dances after my return home,” says Lola, who is also the national director of the prestigious ‘Miss India Spain.’
Lola is aware that people in Kerala are yet to become familiar with Flamenco, though they have come across it in some films.
She feels Indian cinema while incorporating the beauty of the dance form is yet to give it enough space so as to earn viewers’ appreciation. “For that, one will have to patiently learn the dance from experts. Fusion performances will be more meaningful if the performers are thorough with the art,” she says.
Being an admirer of Kathak, Lola knows how Indian dance forms can benefit from experiments with other international art forms.
Her rich experience as a belly dancer also benefits budding artistes. Since 2005, Lola has been teaching belly dance at Complutense University of Madrid. She has demonstrated her skills as a performer-cum-choreographer to learners in over 30 foreign countries.
Lola admits that Kerala is yet to open its heart fully to the marvel of belly dance for cultural reasons. “But, things are likely to change with the new generation of performers; we hope to get some learners from Kozhikode too.”
The Spanish choreographer, who gave a special Flamenco performance for presspersons at Malabar Palace on Monday, is in the city on an invitation from Arun Ratna, head of the Kozhikode-based Fashion Runway Model Management.
She will be presenting separate flamenco and belly dance sessions at the model management institute from Wednesday.