What is the best flamenco show in Seville? Where can you enjoy an evening in Seville and be immersed in the art of flamenco?
“Could you please advise of a non-touristy flamenco show in Seville?”, “I would like to experience authentic flamenco, not flamenco for tourists”, “Please, tell me where I can find the best flamenco show in Seville” and it goes on and on. I get an incredibly high number of these requests from my readers. So I decided to answer to this question, based on my own experience.
OK, let’s get to it.
What is my favorite flamenco show in Seville?
I have no doubt about it: Casa de la Memoria has been at the top of my list for years.
There, you can see a traditional flamenco show that incorporates a balance of guitar, singing, and dancing, performed in a small and intimate environment. You can get your tickets online, and I always recommend booking in advance, as if fill up quickly (the place is tiny!).
Casa de la Memoria is a cultural center dedicated to preserving the Andalusian arts. Your ticket into the show also allows you access to the museum for free. There, you can learn more about the fascinating origins of flamenco for a more complete cultural experience.
What I love about Casa de la Memoria is that it provides an incredible insight into flamenco, effortlessly combining singing, dancing, and guitar in one single performance. It’s one of the most authentic flamenco shows in Seville. The show is possible thanks to talented students from local schools.
Casa de la Memoria has two nightly shows (at 19:30 and 21:00) held in a small, intimate venue. They take place in the patio of a the old stables that were part of the beautiful 16th century Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija that you can visit next door.
Since you will seat in a small and cozy theater, you are going to be up close and personal with the performers.
Again, the intimate surroundings mean that seating is limited, so reserving tickets in advance is highly recommended.
Attending a flamenco show is something that you must experience. It’s the best way to feel closely the passion and the strength of this amazing art. The cante, the guitar music, the deep singing, the zapateao, the palmas and the beautiful dance create a magical atmosphere that you shouldn’t miss.
If you go to a flamenco tablao, there will be tourists around you. On the contrary, if you go to a flamenco recital, where you are more likely to be surrounded by local flamenco fans.
Nevertheless, flamenco shows that tourists attend are totally compatible with high-quality flamenco. That being said, you want your seat to be as close as possible to the performers, so you can see the expressions on their faces, which is truly amazing.
So there is nothing to worry about, go ahead, get your tickets at Casa de la Memoria and enjoy!
Well, it’s represents second-rate and fake flamenco.
There are many signs that help you recognize a touristy flamenco show:
In other words, it’s a flamenco show that’s excessively theatrical and exaggerated. It only exists for commercial purposes, and the owners are focused on captivating tourists (their money and attention) to give them what they believe flamenco is rather than what it actually is.
On the bright side, the idea of touristy flamenco assumes that somewhere in the Seville, around the corner, there is real flamenco going on, staged just for the locals and true flamenco insiders.
In general, the rule of thumb is that you should avoid flamenco shows that include a dinner. The food is almost never of good quality and almost always overpriced. So when in doubt, best see the show and then have dinner separately.
The good news is that you don’t need to do any research.
This article is part of a complete tutorial about flamenco in Seville where you can read all the information you need to enjoy this typical Andalusian folklore.
Here is a complete summary of all the guide:
1. What is flamenco?
2. Where to see flamenco in Seville?
3. The best flamenco show in Seville
4. How to enjoy flamenco dancing in Seville
5. Where to take flamenco lessons in Seville
6. Flamenco history and origins
7. Understanding flamenco singing (cante)
8. Understanding flamenco dance (baile)
9. Understanding flamenco guitar (toque)
10. The different flamenco styles
11. A flamenco glossary