She was accompanied by three Japanese artists -- Junko Moriwake (dance), Ippei Ikeda (piano and accordion) and Bayan Fujisawa (percussion).
The hall was full and some gurests were even standing.
Here is the photo-report of this wonderful performance.
(photography by Yasutaka Onish)
When Carmen came to my house for rehearsal, she was pleasantly surprised.
"Wow, this house is very much like "El Museo de Lorca" in Granada!! I am sure Lorca's soul will join us here!!", cried Carmen.
Besides we have a pomegranate tree ("granada"in Spanish) in front of the house. Ponegranate is the symbol of Granada where Garcia Lorca lived.
We put a branch of "granada" by the stage.
At the beginning I passed the message of Carmen to the audience: "In this house which reminds me of Casa de Lorca in Granada, I feel that we all are the family of Lorca. I hope that you will feel his heart!"
And the show began!
The first number was a recitation of his poem "Romance de la luna, luna " form famous "Gypsy Ballads".
The reading was given in Spanish by Carmen and in Japanese by Ikeda (who is also an actor.)
"La luna vino a la fragua
con su polison de nardos...."
Junko, dressed in white like "la luna", began to dance....
Further 8 numbers from "13 old Spanish songs" were performed. These are the songs Lorca (who loved folk songs and flamenco very much ) collected and arranged himself.
Carmen is dancing "Anda Jaleo" with castanets.
Between the numbers Carmen tried to explain the meaning of the song in Japanese.
It was very nice of her and the audience liked it!
Bayan Fujisama with his "tablas" is a player of Indian music, but his rhythm added interesting nuance to flamenco dancing. Now he is explaining about his unique instrument "tablas".
While Bayan-san was talking, the dancers changed their costumes.
Here is the very tragic song "Nana de Sevilla"
A poor baby was abandoned by his gypsy mother....
Carmen's singing is heartbreaking!
Melancholic melody came down from the ceiling!
It was Ikeda playing the accordion on the top of the stairs.
After the sad song came very cheerful and energetic one -- "Sevillanas of 18 century".
Now "En cafe de Chinitas" -- the song about the bullfighter Paquiro who is "mas torero y mas gitano".
The sorrowful melody reminded me of the other bullfighter --- Ignacio Sanchez Mejias who was killed during the Corrida, to whom Garcia Lorca dedicated his poem "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias"
The last number was "La Tarara", the popular song among Spanish people.
Each artist showed exciting techniques and the show reached its climax.
At the end they invited the audience to sing together "La Tarara,si. la Tarara, no"
I had a feeling that Lorca was singing with us.too!!!