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“Tiny cellar venue but impressive musicians and dancers”
Review of Essential Flamenco

Essential Flamenco
Ranked #1 of 161 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 29 September 2017

This was the only flamenco venue we visited in Madrid but it was as good as shows we have seen elsewhere in Spain. The club itself in the old town is atmospheric being below a small bar area, down in the cellar of the building. The stage is tiny but provides enough space for a singer, three very fine musicians - a drummer, superb violinist and a guitarist - and two dancers. The limited space itself allowed all the necessary passion of this incredible dance form to be communicated to a small, intimate audience. It was a pity that it was just an hour; a longer performance would have been a pleasure.

Thank Britannicus
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Hello Britannicus: Yes, the show last one hour, for many tourist is enough for a approaching to this art. Specially for them who brings kids. But let me tell you one thing: I´ve seen the show a hundred times, and always is different. The dancers have a lot of improvisation in their performances. So, if you want more, just come again :) You will see what I´m talking about. Thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Great one hour show. The performers were talented and looked like they were having a blast. Throughly enjoyed myself. And the sangria included was delicious.

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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017
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Hello HJW: Sin duda, cada noche los artistas disfrutan de lo que hacen "They were having a blast", que en España se diría que se lo estaban pasando pipa. Eso se nota, se transmite. El flamenco es su vida, no su trabajo. Suerte para ellos y para nosotros, que disfrutamos de su arte. Gracias por tu amable comentario.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Very traditional environment and the musicians were really excellent. Thanks to them for sharing their art with us.

Thank Ben E
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Hello Ben: I will communicate your thanks to the artists. That's the real deal of this art, to share with the audience the joy of the party, as if it were a family, private celebration. Thank you for your kind commment

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Fantastic! Very intimate environment with passionate performers who are committed to their craft. Environment and costumes are simple, but performers are very engaging. I highly recommend it!

Thank LaurelWild
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Hello LaurelWild: Your are right, the lack of accessories things, put the spot in where it has to be: In artist´s passion. You said "passionate performers" and "very engaging". That's exactly what we want you to remember, more than the environment or costumes.
Thanks for your kind review.

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Reviewed 9 September 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 11 September 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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