Scene from ‘Duende’, a documentary by director Ramon Gieling.
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DUENDE is a superb musical documentary dwelling into the mysticism of song, dance and…bullfighting. In all Andalusia, from the rock of Jaen to the shell of Cádiz, people constantly speak of the Duende and find it in everything that springs out of energetic instinct. In Spanish culture Duende is a power and not a behavior, it is a struggle and not a concept, it is what makes a song or dance really come to life. It is said: ‘Duende is not in the throat; duende surges up from the soles of the feet.’ Which means it is not a matter of ability, but of real live form; of blood; of ancient culture; of creative action.”