Jaléo (hah-LAY-oh) is a Spanish noun that means "uproar." In Flamenco, jaléo is an important part of the relationship between the performers and between the performers and audience.
In this country, most audiences sit quietly through a performance (Flamenco or otherwise) and then clap and shout "bravo" at the conclusion of the performance. In a Flamenco performance, it is customary to shout your bravos during the performance, clapping and becoming part of the show while it is going on. When the performance is over, it's just over. No clapping, no bravos. Why? Because Flamenco (as opposed to theatrical Flamenco) is really not a performance, it's a communal activity connecting performers and audience. Everyone in the room is a participant, an unusual concept for many audiences.
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