Zodi’s Blog

The Fountain of Wine II

Sultry women and dancing horses.

 

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If you missed the first part of this post, you can read it here. After the old men miraculously got the three statues inside the second church, the fiesta kicked into high gear once again. The marching band went all stationary on our asses and played a long, kinda painful two hour concert at the second town square.

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I was a lot more sympathetic to their musical ineptitude until I found out that they each get paid 300 Euros, plus food and lodging to travel around southern Spain playing gigs. That’s more money than most of the adults make around here at their full time jobs. It’s at least enough money to keep the kids in weed and I-Phones, because every break they’d fire one up and play with their apps.

 

The town does then provide another late dinner for the party-goers; a fine selection of paella and sausage from earlier. As tempting as this was, I just couldn’t stay up until 5:00am when it was finally served. Apparently most of the elderly men can drink me under the plastic folding table, because they were still staggering home when I got up at 8:00am.

 

The highlight of the fiesta came for me on Sunday night. There was an almost palpable change in atmosphere and energy. The entire town seemed to take a deep breath, sober up, and focus on the last event of the season; the flamenco dancers and horse show.

 

I begrudgingly allowed my wife to drag me away from the NFL updates, to what I was sure was going to be an alcohol infused donkey party. What I saw blew my doors off! Arriving at the soccer field, I saw more people than I’ve ever seen in Cadiar. Many of the children in the crowd were dressed as performers, the boys’ costumes resembling bull-fighting suits, and the girls in beautiful flamenco dresses. This alone was worth the price of admission considering that this was a free show. The entire place looked like a Normanello Rockwelli painting.

 

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Then the action began with a flamenco dancer in the middle of the soccer field. If you’ve never seen this mainstay of Spanish culture, you are missing one of the most emotionally charged and powerful art forms in the world. For this occasion the woman was stunningly beautiful and sultry, with an aura of mystery and magic. The dance itself starts slow and methodically builds pace until she is moving in a frenetic blur of hands, feet, hair, and red dress. In the beginning of the first routine, four horses came barreling in from the four corners of the field. They were ridden by men with long fiery torches propped in front of them, as if on attack. The horses came to a screeching halt just as they reached the dancer.

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Unfortunately my camera batteries had died before the first act, so I had to run home at full speed myself to replace them. So I wasn’t able to catch any of the coolest part of the show. There were four other performances which I was able to get small clips from. This video was the best I could do with a camera recorder and a quick edit. It does not do the show justice. At all.

 

 
                                                                                                                                             

 

The skilled riders and horses performed moves and stunts that I never thought possible. There were times that you believed the horses were seducing the dancers and other times that the dancers seemed to be hypnotizing the horses. The show was an unparalleled display of the animals’ natural power and grace. It reminded me of an equine Cirque du Soleil. This show was the most amazing experience I’ve enjoyed since moving here. If you ever get the opportunity, this is something that you really do have to see for yourself!!

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October 14, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

34 Comments »

  1. Very cool! No fancy light shows, big stages, sound towers or other unnatural attractions. Just men, women, animals and fire. Primal entertainment. Loved it!

    Comment by Micky-T | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes this was primal at its best. So primal in fact that it made me feel a weird kind of way about horses. I mean, I’m not into animals in that kind of way (not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you) but you could see how things could get out of hand after a couple drinks and all.

      Thanks Micky!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 14, 2009 | Reply

      • I watched a few more videos of that type of show and I got to agree, there is a weird thing going on with the horse dancing up to the women. (not that’s there’s anything wrong with that) I think they like it! (the women I mean)

        Comment by Micky-T | October 14, 2009 | Reply

        • I’m sure that if you search YouTube you’ll be able to find much better videos than mine!

          Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. That was very cool! I would love to attend something like that in person. It beats the hell outta our little Cinco de Mayo celebration that we have in the parking lot of the True Value Hardware Store. 😉

    Comment by Jay | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • I admit that this was better than the Cinco de Mayo parking lot party. But the True Value scene has its advantages too. They usually have a bathroom that you can use if you ask nicely!

      Thanks Jay!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. Love the flamenco – so envious you got to see that show with the horses, it looks amazing

    Comment by nursemyra | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • It really was amazing; I was surprised at how much I loved it.

      Thanks Nursemyra!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. That was great!!! My daughter loved it!!

    Comment by Darby | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • I’m glad you both enjoyed it! You’ll have to bring her to Spain soon!

      Thanks Darby!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  5. That’s pretty impressive! Glad you had such a good time.

    Comment by Candice | October 14, 2009 | Reply

    • It was finally able to help me get over my concert envy with you! We are finally back on a level playing field!

      Thanks Candice!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  6. I love the dresses and anyone who can preform with a horse is impressive. Thanks for share this hon!

    Comment by suzettevaughn | October 15, 2009 | Reply

    • I can’t imagine the training that must go into that, both for the dancers and the horses. I found out that the show cost 30K to put on, so that gives us some clue.

      Thanks Suzzette!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. Quite the spectacle, indeed!

    The closest thing we get to a tradition or spectacle around here is some street meat vendor peddling and opportunistic people watching at the train station.

    Comment by Candy | October 15, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks Candy, I’m not sure about ‘street meat,’ but I love people watching, especially in a train station. It’s like an episode of Cops, without cops actually present.

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  8. So…What you are saying is…That you really get off watching women engaging in sex with horses in full display of people who are drunk and have sun spoiled paella on their breath. You rock. Cheers Scott!!

    Comment by Matt-Man | October 15, 2009 | Reply

    • You have a unique talent for cutting through all the bullshit and getting right to the heart of the matter don’t you? Another fine intuition!

      Thanks Matt-Man!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  9. Scott!

    Forgive my tardy/somewhat redundant comment, it seems as though my “update notifier” up and quit on me, rendering me somewhat updateless(?)

    First of all, I have to say that I love the pics, especially the one of the Flamenco’s-in-training. Unfortunately my video-watcher is also non-functioning at the moment (damn firewall), so I will have to watch your blood, sweat and tears when I get home. However I trust your judgement, and if you say I have to see it to believe it, then obviously that’s what I plan to do…

    Tell those elderly drunkards to watch out, I pride myself on my “drinking under the plastic folding table” skills…

    Comment by bschooled | October 15, 2009 | Reply

    • I don’t think I have an update notifier, I’m not even kidding. How do you get something like that? I have to click on everyone’s blogs just to see if they’ve updated. This could save me a ton of disappointment!

      Although I’m not sure what a ‘video watcher’ is either, I can assure you that you’re not missing much. I’m going to buy a new camera and video recording device thingy ASAP. The quality of my pics and video really does suck. This is something you really gotta see in person anyway though. I did get one pic just for you that I put on the FB though. And only you will appreciate it!

      I hope you’re as good as you say at drinking, because I just bet 3 eighty year olds a hundred euro, two mules, and a leftover paella, that you’ll drink them under the San Miguel table!

      Thanks B!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 15, 2009 | Reply

      • I won’t let you down, Scott…

        Pinky-swear.

        Comment by bschooled | October 15, 2009 | Reply

        • Thanks B, I know I can count on you!

          Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  10. I saw and believed, Scott. I take back most of what I said about your adopted countrymen and their heathen drinking habits.

    That is some amazing stuff. Around these parts (where I live) excitement is relegated to something called the “threshing floor” and some people with 1/64th German heritage start doing their native (and presumably, drunken) dance.

    I feel a little out of place with my high school education and full set of teeth. Perhaps I need to hit up Europe for a large travel loan.

    Or maybe I’ll just take a daytrip to Canada (it’s closer) and pretend to be French and British at the same time.

    Thanks for sharing this experience with us, Scott.

    Comment by Capitalist Lion Tamer | October 16, 2009 | Reply

    • I told my adopted countrymen, and they said that it’s all cool, as long as you buy them a barrel of vino. And some weed.

      I don’t know what threshing is, but if it’s done on a floor in front of onlookers, I think I’d be into that. If they’re 1/64 German (which they probably flaunt), I’ll bet the beer is at least 1/8 good.

      If you need anything…money, food, housing, health care, drugs, etc…just come here and they’ll give it to you no questions asked. It’s the beautiful evil of socialism.

      If you can pretend to be French and speak the language, I’d go to Brazil. All of the upper classes know and emulate French culture. They have a long running, torrid love affair with the country which guarantees that you will be treated as a God!

      Thanks CLT!! And sorry, and you’re welcome!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  11. All of that beauty and passion from the animals and dancers wasted on a crowd of drunks. So sad. At least you were sober. I could tell because the camera didn’t shake much at all!

    Comment by Claire Collins | October 18, 2009 | Reply

    • No, like I said the crowd sobered up (mostly) for them. If I were sober the camera would’ve been shaking like a cold, frightened dachshund. I’m just kidding.

      Thanks Claire!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 18, 2009 | Reply

  12. Under the “Festival of Wine” in the first picture… is that Charlie Brown layin’ the pipe to a giant oyster?

    “Normanello Rockwelli painting” = gem!

    Comment by Ramblin' Rooster | October 19, 2009 | Reply

    • See, that’s what I love about you, you’re always able to discern the smallest details. Now that you mention it, I think that you are correct. Mr. Shultz will not be pleased. I’m also happy that you picked out the Rockwelli. Where did you receive your Master’s of Fine Art?

      Thanks again Rooster!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 19, 2009 | Reply

  13. I lost my Master’s degree in a devastating fire a couple of years back. All I can say is ether was a major component.

    Comment by Ramblin' Rooster | October 26, 2009 | Reply

    • I hate when they use ether to mix……anything. You get such a damn headache, and lose so many initials.

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | October 26, 2009 | Reply

  14. Greetings from Sevilla!

    Saw you over at my friend Sled’s blog, as “Americano gato hombre”.

    And now I’m going to have a look around your place…

    Comment by azahar | November 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Hola! Thanks for coming by, we Spaniards have to stick together!

      Thanks Azahar!!

      Comment by Scott Oglesby | November 3, 2009 | Reply


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