Flamenco - Spanish folk music and dance
Flamenco, Spain’s most famous style of dance and music, immediately conjures up passion, beauty, and soulful guitars. Flamenco includes:
- 'cante' (singing)
- 'toque' (guitar playing)
- 'baile' (dance)
- 'jaleo', vocalizations and rhythmic sounds of handclapping and finger snapping to accompany the dancer.
Madrid - Modern capital of Flamenco
Flamenco originated in Andalusia [Southern Spain], which is considered the spiritual home of Flamenco. Though today we can cite Madrid as the world capital of flamenco as the current revival of Flamenco began in Madrid in the eighties. Madrid offers more variety than even the big cities of Andalusia.
The place where flamenco is performed is called a "Tablao". Tablaos that we have listed offer authentic and extremely passionate performance by well-trained artists. Flamenco performances are of approximately one hour length and include eight artists - two guitarists, two singers and two dancers. Most tablaos run two shows, starting at 9 PM and 10 PM.
If you go to a flamenco tablao in Madrid, chances are that there will be tourists around you; this in itself does not mean that the show is not authentic!
Most tablaos offer two kinds of tickets
- Combined tickets [combining flamenco performance and dinner]
- Tickets only for the performance
To enjoy the show, you need to be closer to the stage. If you are away from the stage, you may not be able to observe the footwork of the dancers. In most tablaos, a combined ticket gets you the seat nearer the stage. Thus, most tourists end up buying a combined ticket; though the general consensus is that food served at tabloas is average at best.
The perfectly poised explosion of passion, soul, emotion, and authenticity of flamenco is called duende. The artistic and especially musical term was derived from the duende, an elf or goblin-like Magic creature in Spanish mythology. It is said that duende can only be experienced in mystical surroundings like an intimate flamenco session in which a singer will be possessed by the dark tones of the song and the spirit will enter the mind and soul of anyone who succumbs to it. “duende surges up inside, from the soles of the feet,” is how Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca described it. He also said that the only thing we know about it is that “it burns the blood”. Your best bet to experience duende is by watching a flamenco performance in one of the more authentic Madrid tablaos.
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