La Concha Flamen

Corrida de toros, 19 March, last of Las Fallas. Valencia ( Spain )

The raIn, that had been threatening all afternoon, finally started to fall on the moment the clarine and the drum announced the last corrida of the Feria de las Fallas. Six bulls from Victoriano del Rio waited patiently in the holding pens of the bullring. For Antonio Ferrera, Ginés Marin and the recently promoted venezuelan matador Jesus Enrique Colombo, who got injured here in october last year but filled the place of Román who, earlier this week fell victim to a Jandilla bull and was unable to fulfill today’s engagement.

Antonio Ferrera wore purisima and gold, Ginés Marin was dressed in light grey and gold and Colombo had chosen a white suit with gold embroidery.

Weight off the bulls: 538, 532, 510, 535, 527 and 516 kilos.

Only a third of the seats were covered, making it the worst attendance ever of a corrida on the 19th of March, Day of Saint Joseph, patron saint of Valencia.

By the time the third bull came into the arena, the raIn was coming down so heavily that the floor was soaked and puddles started to appear on the sand everywhere. In general terms Victoriano del Rio’s bulls were good for the toreros, they all went for the muleta well although if one or two had been stronger it would have been a great spectacle all round. The best bull of the evening no doubt was Ferrera’s second bull called Jarretero, a negro mulato of 535 kilos. Had he not blindly charged as soon as he noticed the picador’s horse on the sand, had he been better handled, things would have been quite different. As it was, Jarretero became the best bull of the evening and was given a lap of honour after Ferrera toreared him in a magnificent faena. During which, one of the most beautiful scenes developed. On a bright yellow circle, in complete silence, a man and a bull created an image of mesmerising beauty while the rain poured down and the trumpet soloist of the band excelled in a rendition of the paso doble La Concha Flamenca. Some voices called for the bull’s life to be spared, but his uncontrolled charge on the horse had made that impossible. Ferrera – who has now stopped placing his banderilas and instead has hired Jose Manuel Montoliu to do it for him – came out on both occasions to take in the ovation of the public.

Gines Marins bulls took the capote well, charged the horse from a distance and were both well picked. His faenas were interesting and well constructed. With right hand passes as wel as naturales. As I mentioned earlier, the weather wasn’t with us and I look forward to see Gines Marin in better meteorological circumstances.

The young debutant from Venezuela, a torero who places his own banderillas, did so only on his first bull (#3!). The sand floor had become too dangerous, as he experienced when the horn of his bull narrowly missed his backside while placing banderillas al violin. His sword went in straight for which the public demanded an ear.

At seven o’clock the raIn finally stopped. Colombo dedicated the death of his last bull to the medical staff of the plaza but Distante did not cooperate to have the Main Gate opened. He retreated against the fence and went looking for the exit. Although the matador’s sword went in well it didn’t result in Colombo cutting his second ear.

For me Fallas 2018 ended with that exceptional image of Ferrera and his bull in the pouring rain on that bright yellow sand with the band playing La Concha Flamenca.

 Cronica de Pieter Hildering

Fotografias de Mateo . Tauroimagenplus