Flamenco dance

Seville is regarded as the world capital of flamenco dance. So I made a point of watching a flamenco dance when I and my wife visited Seville last September.

We had only one day’s time in the city and we knew there are quite a number of places, most of which are restaurants, that have regular flamenco dance shows. We chose the Flamenco Dance Museum, as its dancers are serious students of the art and the ticket price is much more reasonable (15 euro, and we had a 3 euro discount coupon found in a local tourism magazine).

The venue, which is the courtyard of the museum, with a seating capacity of less than 100, was packed to the brim. I managed to get a seat in the front. No flash or video recording was allowed. The light was dim and I had to set my camera with a very high ISO setting.

The performance was preceded by a briefing on the art of flamenco, its history, features, popularity etc. which was really enlightening. We now know why flamenco dancers always show sadness in their faces; authentic flamenco dance and music are always sad in tune.

It was a really enjoyable performance and I want to share with the world some of the photos I took that evening. (click the thumbnail to see larger photos)


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