What is Flamenco?
Flamenco is a cultural phenomenon over the centuries originating in the Andalusian region of Spain. It fuses song ''(cante),'' dance ''(baile)'' and musicianship ''(toque).' There are dozens of flamenco styles active even today, and when you go to Seville you should plan on watching a world class authentic performance. What’s more there are even free flamenco shows in Seville that will surprise you with their passion.
Where does the flamenco dance come from?
There is no definitive answer on the origins of flamenco. It is widely accepted that flamenco originated in Andalusia and flourished from the VIII to the XV centuries, when Spain was under Arab domination. It is believed that Roma tribes who were brought from India as slaves to the Andalusian region by the Moors bought their music and musical instruments. Thus, flamenco sprang from the lower levels and lacked the prestige of other art forms. However, later the art form was embraced by all.
Early flamenco was popular only in Seville’s working class district of Triana. Today you can still watch some of the most local shows in the lanes of Triana. Another early centre of flamenco origin was in the Sacromonte caves of Granada , before it became popular all across Andalusia.
During the so-called Golden Age of Flamenco, between 1869-1910, flamenco music developed rapidly in music cafés called cafés cantantes, a new type of venue with ticketed public performances. Flamenco entered main stream in Seville when it became an integral part of Seville’s April fair.Today, it is inscribed by the
UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity
As you plan your trip to Seville, you will need to decide amongst so much that the city has: from historic monuments, to ceramics tradition, to flamenco, tapas, bullfighting, and the daytrips. Decide how many days to spend in Seville based on your interests but whatever you do make sure that you do not miss a local Flamenco experience in Seville.