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Review of Essential Flamenco

Essential Flamenco
Ranked #1 of 162 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 15 October 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed this performance very much . We came to Madrid for vacation and wanted to see an authentic flamenco show, not the ones specially prepared for tourists that look like a broadway show, this is the real flamenco , the venue is an old arched room , the dancers are so close to you that give you the intimate feeling of having them at own house.
Guitars and violins sound beautiful and the flamenco couple perform superb. No frills, no dinner or tapas, just serious music and dance along with a glass of sangria.
Totally recommended .

Thank Susy S
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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Hello Susy: You said: "the dancers are so close to you that give you the intimate feeling of having them at own house". You got totally the point. A hundred years ago , flamenco used to be hold only in gypsie´s family parties; and is there, at the short distance, when the art and the emotion appears. Thank you, for your very detailed and kind review.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Enjoyed show very much.Venue just few hundred meters from SOL station in center of Madrid. Atmosphere very pleasant.Performers very dedicated,loves and enjoys their job,very passionate show, so it was real pleasure to watch.One hour show just past like few seconds.Drink (Sangria,beer,cola) included in ticket price.It's not a restaurant, no food served, no tables, it's purely dedicated to Flamenco dance and music.There are about 50 seats, wouldn't recommend to sit close to stage(1st row), it's really too close.One of the MUST's in Madrid.

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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Hello Evcka: "It's not a restaurant, no food served, no tables, it's purely dedicated to Flamenco dance and music". You go right to the point. We want to "serve" only pure flamenco music. This art doesn´t need to go accompanied with paella or any other "typical meal". There are hundred of restaurants to eat around. We are dedicated to flamenco, pure flamenco, and nothing more (nothing less). Thank you for your kind review.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I enjoyed the show. You got to see a solo of each instrument player. The dancers were great. A drink is included with the ticket (Sangria or soda if you don't drink).

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Ramiro F, Gerente at Essential Flamenco, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Hello 6faithe: "The dancers were great". Yes, our artistic director, El Mistela, is winner of The Flamenco National Critics Prize, and he, and his habitual "bailaora", were the dancers you saw. Thank you for your kind comment.

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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.

Thank HJW_12
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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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