From the first day I heard the song Blackbird by Nina Simone I felt very identified with it’s lyrics and all that it speaks about, I wanted to tell my story through this song using the language I know in dance, flamenco.
I have been living in Seville, Spain, for over ten years, I left my native country at the age of eighteen years old in search of my dreams as a flamenco dancer. In this artistic quest I came across a reality I was not expecting to encounter such as loneliness, struggle, heartbreak, rejection and all other things that come along with being an artist and a foreigner in a culture that is not you own. It came to a point that even when returning to my country of origin I felt as if I didn’t belong there either. I felt like a blackbird who wants to fly but cannot, a bird who feels trapped in a cage of loneliness and pain, no family and without a place to call home.
Blackbird relates the emotional journey of feeling encaged and unable to fly due to unchangeable circumstances of life.