Disclosure: Dance Dispatches received complimentary admission to write an open and honest dance show review of the tablao performance at La Casa de la Memoria in Seville, Spain.
La Casa de la Memoria is a popular place to view a flamenco show in Seville. During the daytime, the building also functions as a flamenco cultural center. When attending a flamenco tablao at La Casa de la Memoria, visitors are encouraged to arrive early to select their seats. The lower level has two rows: the lower comprised of chairs and the upper comprised of stools. There are also limited balcony seats upstairs. Read about our experience at this cozy flamenco venue in Seville.
“The artists don’t use any microphones or sound amplification, so our audience can enjoy the real and authentic sound, creating an atmosphere that surrounds the public.”– La Casa de la Memoria
La Casa de la Memoria: Flamenco Shows in Sevilla, Espana
The hosts introduce the hour-long tablao at La Casa de le Memoria as a traditional flamenco show. The pre-show announcement is short. The musicians and dancers are introduced and the staff member explains that taking photographs and videos is prohibited to allow everyone to enjoy the show (without cameras and smartphone screens blocking their line off sight). However, guests are invited to take a few snapshots during the last five minutes of the performance.
On the evening we attended, one singer and one guitarist each (both male) took place on the long, shallow stage. After their first song, which set the scene, they were joined by one male and one female flamenco dancer who parade out, arms waving in the air.
We aren’t told which styles of flamenco we will see in advance, so each number is a surprise; and the tablaos at La Casa de la Memoria are always unique because different professional flamenco dancers (bailaores and bailaoras) perform every evening.
La Casa de la Memoria Tablao Review
Watching the flamenco number unfold on stage is fascinating. When the pair dances together, a soft awareness sings throughout their bodies. However, at one point, the female dancer takes a seat next to the musicians, contributing to the song with strong claps and stomps. She and the other the musicians carefully watch the male dancer’s movement, responding to and encouraging him.
During his solo, he uses the entire stage and his presence projects far beyond. His paces are slow like rumba walks, but his hips remain forward, as if dancing paso doble. The energy is electric as he jumps and crisp cracks echo throughout the small performance space, his shoulders tensely shrugging up towards his ears. And the drama continues with fast paddle turns and the unbuttoning of his waistcoat.
La Casa de la Memoria’s flamenco performance also highlights the music in addition to the dancing. This not only gives the dancers more time to rest between their grueling dances — it also helps the audience to better appreciate the musicians’ skill.
Without the impressive crack of flamenco shoes battering the floor, we are able to listen to the complex melodies from the singer (canante) and the intriguing rhythms of the guitar. We can even see qualities of the dance and music, mirrored in the hand gestures of the singer, as he intuitively reaches and grasps in gesture.
The evening closes with what seems like a more modern flamenco set. The pair park in deep lunges, arms stretching overhead, and they throw their bodies into lightning fast turns. Then, the atmosphere turns jubilant whilst the couple shows off furious footwork that rivals Riverdance (Irish dancing).
We’re let go when they hour is up, but we would have loved to carry on.
The dancers were physically impressive and remained pretty well in sync during wickedly fast sections – but audiences ask a lot of flamenco dancers, especially in the heart of Seville. We not only want the dancers to touch our souls, we want them to completely move us.
If You Go to La Casa de la Memoria
Show Times: Nightly shows take place at 7:00pm and 8:30pm.
Depending on the time of year, there may also be shows at 6:00pm and/or 10:30pm.
Address: Calle Ximénez de Enciso, 28 / 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Nearest Bus Stops: Menéndez Pelayo (Diputación), Menéndez Pelayo (Jardines de Murillo), Menéndez Pelayo (Puerta de La Carne) and Menéndez Pelayo (Puerta de La Carne) are all within a five-minute walk of the venue.
Extra Tip: You can also visit the cultural centre and art and exhibition gallery during the daytime.
All information accurate and up-to-date at time of posting.
Have you seen a flamenco performance in Spain? Where did you go, and how did you select which show to see? Tell us about your flamenco experience in the comments section below!