These videos are shown by chronological order:
La Beti Introducing Lorca. In this video, my aim is to introduce Lorca. La Beti becomes the medium to convey Lorca´s worldview and his beliefs on the Duende.
La Beti performing Loca por Lorca. This video captures a live performance of la Beti for a pop-up dinner in Saint Clement's Church (London).
Poetry& Dance ritual accompanied by Flamenco Guitarist Pablo Dominguez.
La Beti performs within the flamenco expression, the tension between the emotional and the rational and using her body as “body in translation”.
Flamenco ye-ye at Saint Clement’s Church (London). In this performance, I mock and exaggerate Spanish cultural clichés with a hint of irreverent expression.
Dama Drama. A Baroque doll moved by music from Easter festivities drives the protagonist to awaken her inner spiritual forces and the power of the Dominatrix inside her. This was situated in a church.
The videos listed below illustrate La Beti’s shift into the art of undressing and Strip Tease years 2014-present
When Ava Gardner Went to Spain. The performance shows a film clips of Ava Gardner who is the inspiration of the performance are mixed with live footage of La Beti’s performances.
I have always been fascinated by Ava Gardner’s stories in Spain. Ava Gardner was a screen-grabbing femme fatale, a tempestuous man-eater and, to most who met her, the most beautiful woman in the world. One can only imagine what living under a dictatorship would do to a woman, where they were dismissed and religious beliefs could condemn a femme fatale’s way of being. If only I could turn back the clock and expose Spanish Women to Ava Gardner in the flesh, so they learn how to be seductive, how to be wild and become rampageous.
This playful act blends flamenco with jazz exploring the story of when Ava Gardner arrived in Spain broken hearted from her relationship with Frank Sinatra. Looking at how to possess and connect with the Spanish Duende and being the queen of the party.This playful act blends flamenco with jazz exploring the story of when Ava Gardner arrived in Spain broken hearted from her relationship with Frank Sinatra. Looking at how to possess and connect with the Spanish Duende and being the queen of the party.
Carmen Miranda: In this act I evoke Carmen Miranda's old world Latin glamour.
Lady of Spain: In this video, I present characteristics and kitsch inspirations to create the performance.
In this performance, I teach the audience to say OLE!. Under the pretext that I want to teach them a Spanish Lesson on how to say Ole I subtly trick them to shout Ole at me. The words origins are very rich and it is through that Ole itself being a Spanish expression derives from an Arabic invocation of Allah. Ole is also closely associated with the bullfighting of bygone eras and other sports from the 19th century, which are deeply entrenched, in a patriarchal system.
In the act, I demand in my sexy Spanish lesson that the audience shout Ole to me, thus swapping the male role for a female powerful being adulated with the Ole.
Mambo Bird: Through this act, my intention is to present the different faces and attitudes that a woman can have. Women can be many things; they can be furious and seductive then become an innocent being that is protective and scary or erotic all at once.