Antonia Mercé, "laargentina": Flamenco and the Spanish Avant Garde

by Ninotchka Bennahum

University Press of New England | March 1, 2000 | Hardcover

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Antonia Merce, stage-named La Argentina, was the most celebrated Spanish dancer of the early 20th century. Her intensive musical and theatrical collaborations with members of the Spanish vanguard -- Manuel de Falla, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Enrique Granados, Nestor de la Torre, Joaquin Nin, and with renowned Andalusian Gypsy dancers -- reflect her importance as an artistic symbol for contemporary Spain and its cultural history. When she died in 1936, newspapers around the world mourned the passing of the "Flamenco Pavlova."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 282 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 in

Published: March 1, 2000

Publisher: University Press of New England

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0819563838

ISBN - 13: 9780819563835

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Antonia Mercé, "laargentina": Flamenco and the Spanish Avant Garde

by Ninotchka Bennahum

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 282 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 in

Published: March 1, 2000

Publisher: University Press of New England

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0819563838

ISBN - 13: 9780819563835

About the Book

The first major study of the Spanish choreographer who invented the modernist Flamenco ballet form.

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Antonia Merce, stage-named La Argentina, was the most celebrated Spanish dancer of the early 20th century. Her intensive musical and theatrical collaborations with members of the Spanish vanguard -- Manuel de Falla, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Enrique Granados, Nestor de la Torre, Joaquin Nin, and with renowned Andalusian Gypsy dancers -- reflect her importance as an artistic symbol for contemporary Spain and its cultural history. When she died in 1936, newspapers around the world mourned the passing of the "Flamenco Pavlova."

From Our Editors

This interesting biography is of Antonia Merce, considered to be the most celebrated Spanish dance artist of this or any age. Antonia Merce, "La Argentina Flamenco "and the Spanish Avant Garde re-examines the performer's musical and theatrical collaborations with such notable members of the early 20th-century avant-garde as Manuel de Falla, Frederico Garcia Lorca and Joaquin Nin. This book about the "Flamenco Pavlova" has 52 black-and-white illustrations and 16 colour photographs. Ninotchka Devorah Bennahum is a dance critic and professor of theatre and speech.

Editorial Reviews

"A richly illuminating work . . . Bennahum has done a noble service by rescuing the great artist Antonia Merce, known as La Argentina, from the obscurity threatening to overtake her . . . a fascinating, informative, important addition to the library of dance history resources . . . For those of us who love Spanish dance, who have heard vaguely of a great artist named La Argentina, or who thought that the modern ballet had somehow missed Spain until the last decade, this work contains many a revelation." --Dance Chronicle
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