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A Buen Puerto: Fast Forward in Spanish: Track 13

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This is an advanced-level course using a variety of authentic materials from Spain and Latin America to improve your language skills and knowledge of Spanish-speaking societies. The course has seven themes that give a broad introduction to different aspects of Spanish-speaking countries. These are: cultural diversity, art, society, languages in contact, science and technology, trade and employment and the environment. The course includes face-to-face or teleconference tutorials. This material is taken from The Open University course L314 A buen puerto: advanced Spanish.

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  • Duration 1 hour 30 mins
  • Updated Wednesday 3rd September 2008
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Spanish
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Track 13: Cuba: Religious dance

This video shows a dance whose origins are in the Yoruba religion, known as Santeria in Cuba. The symbolism of the various characters in the dance is explained.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Introduction    Introduction to the series of programmes Play now Introduction
2 Radio Programme 1: Astronomy in Colombia    A radio-style programme about astronomy from Cali in Colombia featuring experts and some phone-in callers Play now Radio Programme 1: Astronomy in Colombia
3 Radio programme 1: English borrowings in Spanish    A talk about the words which Spanish has borrowed from English with Eduardo de Benito. Play now Radio programme 1: English borrowings in Spanish
4 Radio programme 2: Water, a natural resource    A radio-style programme where presenter Juan Carlos Jaramillo travels round various Latin-American capitals to find out how people are using and abusing this vital resource. Play now Radio programme 2: Water, a natural resource
5 Radio programme 2: Spanish in the world    A short talk by Eduardo de Benito resuming the origins of Spanish, the adoption of words from Latin America and the influence of literature and the media on the Spanish language. He ends by looking to the future of Spanish. Play now Radio programme 2: Spanish in the world
6 Music and dance: Flamenco    Documentary on Flamenco: its origins, various people's definitions, its connection with the Romany and oral traditions. Play now Music and dance: Flamenco
7 Musical mixture    A description of the numerous influences on flamenco music. Play now Musical mixture
8 A flamenco club    Description of a flamenco club: both a place to meet and enjoy flamenco and an association which organises concerts, dance classes etc Play now A flamenco club
9 Social and political aspects of flamenco    An exploration of social, political and economic aspects of flamenco. Whereas artists used to have a lowly status, that's now changed. They no longer have to jump for the person who "pays the piper". Play now Social and political aspects of flamenco
10 New flamenco    New directions in flamenco: practioners talk about how it has assimilated elements from other cultures, from pop music and other musical styles. Includes the performance of a song which talks about world events, how the place of Romany is different now. Play now New flamenco
11 Cuba: Cuban music and dance    Rodolfo Fournier, a Cuban dance teacher in London, describes the central role of music and dance in Cuban life. Play now Cuba: Cuban music and dance
12 Cuba: Mixed roots    A description of the roots of both Cuban people and culture: a mixture of Spanish and African. Play now Cuba: Mixed roots
13 Cuba: Religious dance    This video shows a dance whose origins are in the Yoruba religion, known as Santeria in Cuba. The symbolism of the various characters in the dance is explained. Play now Cuba: Religious dance
14 Cuba: With rhythm in the body    Rodolfo says that rhythm is all-important in Cuban dance. Different parts of the body have to move independently of others! He also discusses mambo and the ever-changing nature of Cuban music and dance Play now Cuba: With rhythm in the body
15 Cuba: Salsa    A description of the Salsa, the origins of its name, how its a fusion of "son", cha cha, mambo and other dances. Cuban dancers are constantly creating new styles, which are taken up around the world. Play now Cuba: Salsa
16 Planning a Mural    A group of Argentinian artists plan the painting of a mural. Play now Planning a Mural
17 Creating a Mural    Argentinian artists Cristina Terzaghi and Edgar de Santo lead the painting of a mural in La Boca. Play now Creating a Mural
18 Artists in search of inspiration    Argentinian artists Cristina Terzaghi and Mariana Siedlarek talk about the creative process in their work. Play now Artists in search of inspiration
19 Creating Sculptures    Argentinian sculptor Beatriz Soto explains her work. Play now Creating Sculptures
20    Play now

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