But the great thing was her soleá ... she seemed to touch on every known facet of human experience. She swung; she scooped the rhythms out of the floor; she let us have a little fun, with the result that when, eventually, she took the plunge—straightened up, braced herself, and dove into flamenco's duende, or soul—we believed her and followed her. She made my life pass before my eyes, and she did it without any fuss about modernism. "You make it modern by revealing yourself," she told the Times, "not with embellishments. What's difficult is revealing yourself."
Joan Acocella on Eva Yerbabuena
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