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And by coincidence, the man who played a bit role in Carlos Saura's 1983 flamenco version of Carmen, featuring Paco and other prominent players, had opened a sevillanas and tapas bar down the street from where Antonio and I shared a tiny flat near Opera.
It augmented my starving student diet of arroz y garbanzo and nourished my soul, giving me the strength to keep riding the metro, singing in the park, and dancing sevillanas til dawn this was the Almodovar-infused, heady, late-80s era of la movida , after all.
Afterward, at the reception, Maria José; her mother, Loli; and her girlfriends had the crowd on its feet and cheering wildly when they broke into sevillanas, the fiery, flamenco-style folk dances that originated in the south of Spain.
But flamenco is still going strong, and truckers making the long haul north with vegetables grown in the vast greenhouses of Almeria listen to wailing, weirdly melodic sevillanas.
Around 10: 30pm we headed out to Le Latina for Tortilla Española, vino y sevillanas.
Irene danced _sevillanas_ with less grace than a bricklayer, as the landlady said; the Superman sang some _fados_ that he had learned in Portugal, and the Biscayan, not to be outdone, burst forth into some _malagueñas_ that might just as well have been a