"Take Me to Spain": Australian Imaginings of Spain through Music and Dance

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Australians have been transported to an imaginary Spain from at least the 1830s, when cachuchas were first danced on the Sydney stage. In Take Me to Spain John Whiteoak explores the rich tapestry of Australians’ fascination with all things Spanish, from the voluptuous sensuality of Lola Montez to operas featuring señoritas, toreadors and Gypsies, and from evocative silent and later Spain-themed Hollywood movies to the dazzlingly creative artistry of the flamenco dancers and guitarists who toured Australia in the 1960s and ’70s. Examining the diverse ways that Spanish music and dance have been mediated or hybridised to cater for Australian popular taste, this landmark study of cross-fertilisation and ethnic fusion reveals how Hispanic traditions have become integral to the cultural history of the nation ( abstract by publisher).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne Australia
PublisherLyrebird Press
Number of pages258
ISBN (Electronic)9780734037930
ISBN (Print)9780734037923
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameAustralasian Music Research
PublisherLyrebird Press
ISSN (Print)1325-5266

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