Disclosure: Dance Dispatches received complimentary admission to write an open and honest dance show review of the Flamenco Dance Museum show in Seville, Spain.
Make the most out of your visit to Seville’s Flamenco Dance Museum by staying for a live flamenco performance in their indoor courtyard or intimate VIP salon. The exuberant Museo del Baile Flamenco show was our favorite tablao of three during our DIY flamenco holiday in Seville. It began with an announcement that detailed the different types of flamenco in the showcase (guajira, taranto, fandango, alegria, solera and bulería); and the cast of one guitarist, two singers and three dancers provided a veritable flamenco feast for the next hour.
Museo del Baile Flamenco Show Review
An indomitable dark-haired woman in a white dress sweeps her arm up to snap open a fan. Her performance intoxicates, and her disposition wavers between fiery and very, very cool. The dancer’s torso undulates, and she gently lifts and lowers her hip (much like a belly dancer would), mirroring the rising and falling motion with her fan.
The dancer sharply raps out rhythms on her body, the percussion a parade of precise self-inflected blows. Shortly after, two more dancers join her on stage. The couple, both tall and slender, are perhaps two decades older than the first performer. And their performance proves the flamenco museum volunteer’s assertion that ‘Flamenco dance is for everyone [and every body type].’
After a warm musical interlude on the Spanish guitar, whose fast arpeggios ripple like a Moorish version of Claude Debussy’s Arabesque No 1, the young, raven-haired woman returns, dressed in black with a large shawl draped over her shoulders. This time, the movement is lightning-fast, and she sends her energy out in all different directions before demonstrating a flamenco style with Cuban origins. Her hips roll and she shimmies, before shooting a coy look to the audience. Her coquettish glance asks, “Who, me?”
The other two dancers come back, armed with castanets. As tradition dictates, the dashing duo do not have much physical contact, except for the odd hand placed on a shoulder; but the power couple remains completely united in their showy dance. They circle each other, both proud and admiring; and their bold gazes never waver.
When the blonde woman reappears for her solo, she wears the iconic bata de cola dress with an immensely long, ruffled train. The flamenco dancer expertly swings the heavy skirt around the stage, demonstrating both strength and grace. She manoeuvres the garment by flicking her leg into a back attitude before standing in place, gesturing only with her arms.
Then the male dancer takes center stage. He securely holds his azure jacket at chest-level, while his shoes batter the floor, sending splintered dust-like wood particles flying upward. When he lets go of his jacket, his hands articulately gesture; and he spins with incredible speed. This breathtaking act feels like the real finale of the show.
However, the show tacks on a jovial bulerías piece to finish, since these acts are often associated with the ‘fin de fiesta’ (aka: ‘end of the party’). During this time, the three flamenco dancers give a curtain call with the musicians; and the camera-happy audience is invited to take photos. If that’s your thing, super. If not, you’ll still leave satisfied with the caliber of music and dance during the other flamenco numbers.
The hour-long Flamenco Dance Museum performance displays a good range of styles, delivered by mature artists. The venue’s raised courtyard stage provides a clear view of the dancers’ footwork, and although the microphones to capture sound on the floor are not traditional, the enhanced acoustics add to the performance.
The show in and of itself isn’t particularly touristy, but you will be surrounded by international flamenco newbies. And although no two shows are the same, we imagine the flamenco show at Museo del Baile Flamenco in Seville regularly hosts exemplary dancers and musicians.
If You See the Flamenco Museum Show in Seville:
Show Times: Nightly shows take place at 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 8:45pm and 10:15pm.
Address: Calle Manuel Rojas Marcos, 3 / 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Nearest Bus Stops: Menéndez Pelayo (Puerta de La Carne), Menéndez Pelayo (Puerta Carmona), Plaze Ponce de León, Plaza del Duque (La Campana), Imagen (Plaza Encarnación) and Laraña (Plaza Encarnación) are all within a ten-minute walk of the venue.
This article was published in 2020, while Covid-19 continued to affect public gatherings. For this reason, we have included show information from before lockdown and quarantine began.
So, please check the website above for accurate and up-to-date information.
Were you able to experience flamenco in Seville? And, if so, did you see the flamenco museum show – or peek at the Museo del Baile Flamenco exhibits? Tell us about your Sevillan flamenco experiences in the comments section below!