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Topic: Play and theory of the Duende
Posted by: jonathan
Date/Time: 10/02/2004 23:56:18

Duende is one of those most impossible to translate cultural distinctions. I will quote some from Garcia Lorca's book In Search Of Duende here. I believe that it is reasonable to say that without *duende*, this strange hidden spirit, NLP practice is weak, unsatisfying:

"The great artists in the south of Spain, whether Gitano or flamenco, whether they sing, dance, or play, know that no emotion is possible unless duende comes. They may be able to fool people into thinking they have duende-authors and painters and literary fashionmongers do so everyday-but we have only to pay a little attention and not surrender to indifference in order to discover fraud and chase away their clumsy artifice.
  The Andalusian singer Pastora Pavon, La Nina de los Peines, dark Hispanic genius whose powers of fantasy equal to those of Goya or Rafeal el Gallo, was once singing in a little tavern in Cadiz. For a while she played with her voice of shadow, of beaten tin, her moss covered voice, braiding it into her hair or soaking it in wine or letting it wander away to the farthest, darkest bramble patches. No use. Nothing. The audience was silent...
  When Pastora Pavon finished singing there was total silence, until a tiny man, one of those dancing mannekins that rise suddenly out of brandy bottles, sarcastically murmured, 'Long Live Paris!'. As if to say, 'Here we care nothing about ability, technique, skill. Here we are after something else.'
  As though crazy, torn like a medieval mourner, La Nina de los Peines leaped to her feet, tossed off a big glass of burning liquor, and began to sing with a scorched throat: withoutout voice, without breath or color, but with duende. She was able to kill all the scaffolding of the song and leave way for a furious, enslaving duende, friend of sand winds, who made the listeners rip their clothes with the same rythh as do the blacks of the Antilles when, in the lucumi rite, they huddle in heaps before the statue of Santa Barbara."

Duende mis amigos, look there, don't get too lost in your logical notations or your philosophical struggles. No duende, your NLP isn't worth a damn.

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Play and theory of the Duende10/02/2004 23:56:18jonathan
     Re:Play and theory of the Duende11/02/2004 17:34:50John Schertzer
          Re:Re:Play and theory of the Duende11/02/2004 19:27:45jonathan
               self styled ceiling11/02/2004 19:34:28jonathan
               Re:Re:Re:Play and theory of the Duende11/02/2004 19:37:39John Grinder
                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Play and theory of the Duende11/02/2004 19:56:19John Schertzer
                         more like 11/02/2004 20:34:32jonathan
                              Re:more like 12/02/2004 15:52:20John Schertzer
                                   Re:Re:more like 12/02/2004 16:33:19jonathan
                                        Re:Re:Re:more like 12/02/2004 20:19:31John Schertzer
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 13/02/2004 14:59:16johathan
                                                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 13/02/2004 15:55:57John Schertzer
                                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 13/02/2004 20:44:16jonathan
                                                            Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 13/02/2004 21:43:22John Schertzer
                                                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 14/02/2004 13:04:17jonathan
                                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 17/02/2004 01:26:55John Schertzer
                                                                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 17/02/2004 11:06:23jonathan
                                                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:more like 17/02/2004 13:49:57John Schertzer
                         more like 11/02/2004 20:34:59jonathan

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