Duende like art itself has faces that are both appealing and dangerous. It can be dark and hard to pin down.
Coming from southern Spain, "Duende" has only recently migrated to English. Dictionaries give meanings sometimes at odds with each other.
The New Oxford English Dictionary gives:
The Random House Dictionary gives:
The Larousse Spanish-English Dictionary translates duende as Goblin, elf, imp/Magic. It gives the usages: los duendes del Flamenco, the Magic of Flamenco; tener duende, to have a certain magic.
We take our cue from the great Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca. He gave a famous lecture on La Teoria y Juego del Duende The Theory and Function of Duende. Lorca says:
So we have taken the name DUENDE in order to honor Lorcas dark creative force. Duende is there to challenge us to keep our ears open to the dark sounds, to keep our touch with the earth and with the ghosts of those who have come before, to never refuse the struggle which is needed to keep the spirits working on the side of truth.
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