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“Excellent experience”
Review of Essential Flamenco

Essential Flamenco
Ranked #2 of 164 Concerts & Shows in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: From 6 artist on stage: Two dancers with a singer, a guitarrist, percussion and a violin or flute. Since its beginnings, Flamenco has evolved in hidden places. It is danced and sung in private, in the presence of a select group of friends, without any amplification. Often, a brick cellar would be chosen, due to its wonderful acoustics. This is the authentic, unvarnished performance that we seek to recreate: a man and a woman dancing, a singer, a guitarist, a violin and percussion, sounds and shadows on ancient brick-lined cellar walls, all in a show lasting one hour. Welcome to Essential Flamenco.
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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

I was a little bit sceptical but I have to admit it was a great experience. The whole show was great. Nice music and lovely dancing by the dancers an musicians. I recommend this

Thank Henrik S
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2017

Hello Henrik: You are right. Sometimes, been tourist, you have to be a little bit sceptical. But this time you founded real artist loving what they do, which is the key for emotion, the key of art. Thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out what was so good about this performance. I've been to world-renowned performances in NYC and London, and this was on par with (if not better than) those shows. I finally figured out what it was - the camaraderie and intimacy of the show. I honestly felt like I was watching a group of friends together for the evening, dancing, singing, and playing music. To me, that's what the performing arts are all about - seeing people do what they love with those they care about. I can't say enough about this show. Just go. You will absolutely love it.

As an aside, we ordered our tickets about 2 months ago online. They never made it to my inbox but the nice man at the box office saw the screen shot I'd taken of the transaction and asked no more questions. Also, the sangria can be wine or beer, but the sangria is delicious! Enjoy!

Thank TNsnowflake
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2017

Hello TNsnowflakes: You get right to the point! Old flamenco,100 years ago (before the tourist "discover" Spain), used to be a semi clandestine performance, sung and danced in brick caves like ours. A small audience of "señoritos" (The sons of wealthy families, whom pays the artists), and selected guess. no more than 40 people, enjoying this beautiful art in privacy.
No Paellas along; no microphones, neither amplifiers, in a 300 seats place. That´s the "interpretation of flamenco" made up for tourist.
"I honestly felt like I was watching a group of friends together for the evening, dancing, singing, and playing music". You can´t imagine how happy made us, that some sensitive people understand what we are doing.
Thank you for your wise criticism.

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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

Excellent show, a true taste of Oriental dance culture in Spain. All the performers are very passionate with their art and sitting up close to the show really gets you in a mood that you shall never forget. I strongly recommend visiting this show, small place but loads of fun.

Thank tripindoc
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2017

Hello Tripindoc: Yes, flamenco has a lot of Arab Culture in it, but also Gypsy. The Gypsies leave from India and arrive to the south of Spain in year 1400 (the Arabs arrive 700 years before). Then, in that "melting pot" that was Andalusia, appears flamenco art, mixing five cultures: Gypsies, Arabs, Andalusian, Castillean (habitants from the midlle of Spain) and Jews. It was the New York of that time!
Thanks for your kind review.

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

Visited the show in July, liked it a lot! The performance was really great, the performers very talented! The place is not big but allowes to enjoy the show. Definitelly recommended for visiting.

Thank Ksepa
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2017

Hello Ksepa: Yes, you are right. We decided to recover old flamenco, that used to be sung 100 years ago in small places, as our brick cave. Flamenco art needs this almost clandestine environment. A big place, 300 people, microphones an amplifiers, plus the mandatory paella added, has done a big hurt to this beautiful art. Thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

We were hoping to see a more authentic and less touristy flamenco show and we definitely got that! The show exceeded our expectations, with talented musicians and brilliant dancers. The female dancer was outstanding and we couldn't stop watching her. There was so much passion and love from all of the performers that you were totally drawn in to the show. An hour has never passed so quickly!

Also, the front of house staff were lovely and helpful, and the sangria was very tasty. Totally worth the money.

Thank catemm
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2017

Hello Catemm: It´s a very good new for us to see how, each time more, tourist that visit our country look for "the real thing". Flamenco is a major art (as you could experience), but generally badly treated in many tourist places, giving "Andalusian folk music" instead of Flamenco, and adding an absolutely unnecessary dinner along, to increase the price.
Sorry about " An hour has never passed so quickly! ". We have to speak with Einstein to fix that :)
Thank you for your warm review.

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