THE MAGIC & THE DUENDE
Flamenco is a magical world that has been shaped over the centuries as a melting pot of cultures from all around the world. The Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca described the “duende” as the magical moment of inspiration that opens the doors of colorful perceptions “driving us to the sublime.” These emotions are the starting point for our passion for the culture of flamenco, theatre, and dance.
During this course students will explore the world of exotic creativity travelling culturally, in time and space, through the intricate relationship between the Spanish culture and the flamenco expression that gave birth to the iconic theme of “the magic and the duende”. Students will be introduced to the field of artistic expression as means of communication of personal ideas and emotions through the arts including music, dance, acting, voice, rhythm, image, and movement. We will work as a team learning the different sides of the theatrical process with the aim of developing a performance piece, which will be shown to the public at the end of the course.
The course will include different cultural activities that will illustrate how flamenco is (and has always been present) in the Spanish cultural life. Students also, attend a show of performance arts and flamenco and will have the opportunity to meet professionals who work in different areas of theatre from the artistic to the production and technical sides.
The structure of the class is defined in three different modules:
Online Sessions: It is a two-week program where students cover the content of the course online through synchronous daily class meeting with the professor and classmates in real time. Students will do individual as well as collaborative work on specific topics and projects.
Bridge Sessions: Students will come together twice a month to continue working in their collaborative projects. Classes will also include specific advising sessions, workshops, roundtables and activities with guest speakers and business professionals.
Onsite immersion session: As a conclusion of the program students will participate in a two-week immersion program in Madrid, Spain. This capstone experience will allow participants to enjoy a full direct learning, visiting all cultural and historical sites subject of study as well as meeting all partners, experts and guest that participated in the previous part of the program.
Teaching methodology combines classroom sessions on streaming and virtual site visits with the use of other of digital technologies, including filming, photography, virtual and augmented reality reproduction, or web and app, design among others so students can enjoy the best experience from home.
We use Zoom and Google Class for teaching support.
Length of the program: two weeks online program+ two weeks immersion experience in Spain.
Calendar and sessions:
Session I: June 15th- 26th (January immersion dates program will be announced)
Session II: July 6th -17th (January immersion dates program will be announced)
Cost of the program:
Online Module (25h): * 500€ *
Bridge Module + Immersion Experience: 1.800€
Full Program (Three modules): 2.200€
Optional college credit available for students registered for the full program. Check firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
* You are welcome to complete the online part only.
Language of instruction: English/Spanish
Site: Alcala de Henares / Madrid (Spain)
Full program includes:
Infinite Spur Certificate of Attendant
Personalized advising and onsite orientation
Accommodation (double rooms)
Cultural activities and excursions
24/7 local support