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What is the best flamenco show in Madrid? Where can you enjoy an evening in Madrid and be immersed in the art of flamenco?
“Could you please advise of a non-touristy flamenco show in Madrid?”, “I would like to experience authentic flamenco, not flamenco for tourists”, “Please, tell me where I can find the best flamenco show in Madrid” and it goes on and on. I get an incredibly high number of these requests from my readers. So I decided to answer to this question, based on my own experience.
OK, let’s get to it.
What is my favorite flamenco show in Madrid?
I have no doubt about it: Corral de la Morería has been at the top of my list for years.
There, you can see a traditional flamenco show that incorporates a balance of guitar, singing, and dancing, performed in a small and intimate environment. You can get your tickets online, and I always recommend booking in advance, as if fill up quickly (the place is tiny!).
What I love about Corral de la Morería is that it provides an incredible insight into flamenco, effortlessly combining singing, dancing, and guitar in one single performance. It’s one of the most authentic flamenco shows in Madrid. The show is possible thanks to talented students from local schools.
Blanca Rey, a wonderful flamenco choreographer and dancer, is the owner and artistic director. She makes an excellent selection of artists who will delight you in one of the with daily shows two nightly shows held at Corral de la Morería. You will definitely see the authenticity and purity of the flamenco feeling nearby.
Since you will seat in a small and cozy theater, you are going to be up close and personal with the performers.
Again, the intimate surroundings mean that seating is limited, so reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended.
Attending a flamenco show is something that you must experience. It’s the best way to feel closely the passion and the strength of this amazing art. The cante, the guitar music, the deep singing, the zapateao, the palmas and the beautiful dance create a magical atmosphere that you shouldn’t miss.
If you go to a flamenco tablao, there will be tourists around you. On the contrary, if you go to a flamenco recital, where you are more likely to be surrounded by local flamenco fans.
Nevertheless, flamenco shows that tourists attend are totally compatible with high-quality flamenco. That being said, you want your seat to be as close as possible to the performers, so you can see the expressions on their faces, which is truly amazing.
So there is nothing to worry about, go ahead, get your tickets at Corral de la Morería and enjoy!
Well, it’s represents second-rate and fake flamenco.
There are many signs that help you recognize a touristy flamenco show:
In other words, it’s a flamenco show that’s excessively theatrical and exaggerated. It only exists for commercial purposes, and the owners are focused on captivating tourists (their money and attention) to give them what they believe flamenco is rather than what it actually is.
On the bright side, the idea of touristy flamenco assumes that somewhere in the Madrid, around the corner, there is real flamenco going on, staged just for the locals and true flamenco insiders.
In general, the rule of thumb is that you should avoid flamenco shows that include a dinner. The food is almost never of good quality and almost always overpriced. So when in doubt, best see the show and then have dinner separately.
The good news is that you don’t need to do any research.