Its origins led on Andalucia, Spain, and it is the result of a cultural fusion: gypsy, Arabic, Christian and Jewish. In the ancient times flamenco times was not set to music: it was made only with singing and clapping of hands. Today is more common the use of guitars and other musical instruments even if some flamenco dancing still follows the original tradition. It is known for its emotional intensity. Traditional flamenco dancers learnt the art thanks to friends, relatives and neighbors but now courses and trainings are common. The purposes of Flamenco dancing are different: whatever the dance is intended to be entertaining, romantic or comforting, flamenco is very emotional style of dance. Flamenco dancers try to express their deepest emotions by using body movements and facial expressions. As the dancers perform, they may also clap their hands or kick their feet. Many dancers also snap small percussion handheld instruments called “castanets”.
Nowadays the Flamenco is appreciated and practiced allover the world. In 2010 Unesco declared Flamenco WorldIntangible Cultural Heritage.
5 PLACES TO SEE FLAMENCO IN SEVILLE
1-Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos (Plaza Santa Cruz, 11)
Here you can see a real Flamenco dance. The artist are professionals. The shows lasts around one hour and a half but it seems shorter. The only flaw is the price: 35€, a little bit expensive.
2- Museo del Baile Flamenco (C/ Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3)
This museum it is an idea of the dancer Cristina Hoyos. Here you can see all the classic posters of this events, the typical heels and the adornments of the flamenco dress. They usually organize shows of an hour and the most beautiful thing is that the audience it is usually limited so the experience becomes personal and special.
3- Casa de la Memoria (C/ Cuna, 6)
The singers, dancers and guitar players here are the best and always put their heart and soul into. The exhibition last one hour and the space, even though is small, is superb. there are a lot of tourists but the price is honest: 18€.
4- Casa de la Guitarra (Calle Mesón del Moro, 12)
The acoustics sound is so good to enjoy the flamenco and the exposition of the guitars is interesting. If you see it in the first line, it will be even better. It lasts an hour and they explain you every modality.
5- CasaLa Teatro (Plaza del Altozano. Mercado de Triana, puesto 11 y 12)
It is unusual, but one of the best place to see flamenco is in the small Market of Triana. Surely it is intimate: the capacity of the room is 30 people. It is perfect for people who don’t want to go in places full of tourists.