It has been 6 days since I have arrived in Spain and I already feel like I am where I belong. I am here with Dr. Tricia Young and Dr. Sally Sommer doing research into Flamenco, Spanish dance and everyday life as a performance.
Every aspect of the city has its own personality and character. I have explored the city and the beaches, Cathedrals and Basilicas, amazing gardens and sat front row of an authentic and gritty Flamenco show in a dark club where the dancers perform on a stage of tables pushed together!
During my time here I have begun working on a photographic essay of my exploits of the city using Polaroids as my main means of documentation, started doing drawings inspired by the multitude of graffiti that you can find, started working on choreography for a composition influenced by Valencia. I have even managed to make friends with locals who are friends with Valencian choreographers and dance companies. After the Flamenco show I snuck backstage so that I could talk to the performers about setting up dance lessons from the Gitano dancers.
I am excited about what the next six weeks will yield and know that no matter what it may be it will be completely amazing!!! Stay tuned!!!!
Hans Rasch – MFA in Studio Art Class of 2013
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://news.art.fsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2012/05/Hans-Rasch1.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Hans Rasch (MFA ’13) is spending the summer semester of 2012 doing research into Flamenco, Spanish dance, and everyday life as a performance in Valencia under renowned School of Dance Professors Tricia Young and Sally Sommer.