Flamenco at 5:15

By Heather Stewart


Directed by Cynthia Scott, Flamenco at 5:15 is a documentary film that was first released in 1983. The film features final-year students from The National Ballet School of Canada as they learn traditional flamenco folk music and movement from two Spanish masters of the art form, Susana and Antonio Robledo. A throwback to ballet dancers in the 1980s, the film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for the National Film Board of Canada and remains an inspirational look into the lives of young artists as they expand their knowledge of dance. Susana and Antonio, who inspire them to execute the steps with their whole being, captivate the young students as they learn and perform choreography. Susana praises the students’ ability to pick up on the innate rhythm of flamenco: “They pick up immediately every movement and mostly musically. They are so fantastically trained so it’s easy because without big rhythmical talent you cannot be a flamenco dancer.”

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