Blood and Sand

Posted on Monday, 28th November, 2011

Corrida de Toros at the Plaza México

Diego Ventura

I never thought I’d attend a Corrida de Toros (bullfight) as I’ve never had much of a stomach for violence and don’t by any means support animal cruelty but… a good friend, Emilio Mendez who founded Suerte Matador, talks so passionately about the toros, I decided that, for better or worse, it was something I wanted to experience first hand.

It feels deeply problematic to say that I enjoyed it, the bloodshed was so graphic it almost felt hyperreal, but I couldn’t help but be swept up in the details of the ritual, the balletic elegance of the Toreros and the incredible horsemanship of the Rejoneadores.  The horses were my highlight, they are truly stunning and reminded me of the wonderful Kamcia, Pedro Infante‘s horse in No Desearas La Mujer de tu Hijo, a classic from the Epoca de Oro de Cine Mexicano. (see the video clip below)

I can’t defend the inherent cruelty but the crowd’s very vocal dissaproval of the clumsy final killing of a bull by one of the Torero’s did at least persuade me that they weren’t there to watch this spectacle in a gratuitous, sadistic capacity.

If Catalunya is leading the way for the rest of the world, then there’s a good chance the Corrida de Toros may well soon be a thing of the past.

Corrida de Toros at the Plaza México

Joselito Adame

Corrida de Toros at the Plaza México

Corrida de Toros at the Plaza México

Corrida de Toros at the Plaza México

Corrida de Toros at the Plaza México
Photography credit:  Hardey Martínez

 

Kamcia struts her stuff in No Desearas La Mujer de tu Hijo (1950, México)

 

Topic: First time for everything

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