Tablao Museo del Baile Flamenco
About Museo del Baile Flamenco
The Museo del Baile Flamenco is raised upon the remains of an ancient Roman temple and also takes advantage of the structure of an old 18th century building close to the popular Plaza de la Alfalfa in the Santa Cruz district. The building now houses a magnificent cultural center dedicated to teaching, to creativity and to the understanding between cultures through flamenco art and all its manifestations.
The center’s director, Cristina Hoyos, is a reference in flamenco dance who has been awarded the highest recognition in Spain and the world over during her extensive career. This emblematic figure has committed everything she is into this center. Her knowledge and her art, her love of this profession and all the sacrifices that come with erecting the first and only museum dedicated to flamenco dance.
The building is divided into 4 stories, all perfectly equipped for the activities that are carried out on each floor. There is an arched basement where the workshops, photograph exhibitions, lectures and group dinners take place. The main floor has an indoor courtyard reminiscent of the Ecijano style, unique in Seville, and decorated with modern art. The flamenco performances take place in this courtyard; a space completely equipped with well balanced sound and lighting technology and decorated with elegance and ease. There is also a small lecture room perfectly accommodated for teaching, introductory dance workshops, or workshops for professionals. There is also a gift shop coordinated by attentive and amiable exchange students where the visitor can purchase flamenco articles.
The last two floors are dedicated to museum activities and have elevator access for the general public. On the first floor we find the museum, with hallways that lead the visitor towards a very interesting and delightful immersion into flamenco origins, roots, stories and anecdotes. The last floor is designed for travelling exhibitions of flamenco artists. In these halls we also find, among beautiful paintings, halls where “compas”, “cajon, guitar playing or singing is taught. The offices where the museum activities are coordinated are also located on this floor; large glass doors that offer a sense of accessibility and closeness to the public that visits here.
If the guests were to visit the museum before attending a flamenco event, they would see the performance with different eyes. They would experience deeper sensations, aside from understanding better the intrinsic details of this difficult art. The experience in the Flamenco Dance Museum will leave a lasting impression in the visitor, not just because of the authenticity of the performances, but also because of its dedication to the process of teaching and instructing on the art of flamenco. Teaching and instructing are the cornerstones of this “young” art form.
It is difficult to highlight just one of the many distinctive characteristics of the center more so than we have previously. If we were to highlight just one, perhaps the one that most called our attention is in the groundwork of the center: beneath its floors there lies at rest an urn with the Talmud, the Bible, the Koran and a few Hindu scriptures. This is a clear sample of the philosophy of understanding this center proposes.
There are nightly traditional flamenco performances in the Flamenco Dance Museum. Perforamnces with a unique personality and different artists, all of whom are acknowledged artists in their own right in the Seville flamenco scene like Cristina Hoyos and Cheito.
Seating is stage front and side, the stage is elevated. Seating is NOT numbered, seating by order of arrival. We recommend you arrive 20 minutes before performance commences.
Exquisitely designed lighting, well combined with the courtyard scenography. Acoustics are delicately supported with technical back up and amplification facing towards the audience.
Teaching and training activities are programmed for groups, with special focus on introductory dance and “compas” workshops. There are also singing and guitar workshops. Class prices for dance, rhythm, and percussion is 230€ (groups máximum 20 people)
Customarily there are painting and photography exhibitions, and there is a permanent exhibition in the center.