Find out all about our flamenco and opera shows in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases.
Find out all about our flamenco and opera shows in Barcelona at Palau Dalmases.
If you are going to visit or are visiting Barcelona at the moment, it is essential that you go to a “tablao flamenco” to see a flamenco show in Barcelona live. It is one of the most exciting experiences you can live in the city. To convince yourself, here are 13 reasons to visit Palau Dalmases and enjoy the best flamenco.
The ticket for Palau Dalmases, besides costing only 25€, includes a drink of your choice. You can enjoy the show at the same time you are tasting a good wine, or trying the typical drinks of Barcelona, such as Sangria or Cava.
One of the peculiarities of Palau Dalmases’ flamenco tablao is that it is located inside a 17th century baroque palace in one of the most emblematic and picturesque neighbourhoods of the city: the Born district, just a few steps from the Picasso Museum.
The area is ideal, and the palace has exquisite architecture and a long and interesting history that you can discover here.
As it is a small palace, the space is limited, so you will be sitting a few meters away from the artists. No matter what row you sit in, you’ll always have privileged views, allowing you to watch every dance move, and listen to every breath between every note in detail. It’s an experience that will give you goosebumps!
At Palau Dalmases you can enjoy the flamenco show at 3 different time schedules from Monday to Sunday: at 18h, 19:30 and 21:30. This way you can visit the city during the day and choose the best show for you, without worrying about running out of tickets. However, we recommend that you buy your ticket for Palau Dalmases in advance.
We don’t say it ourselves, but the hundreds of reviews on TripAdvisor and other prestigious travel websites. Palau Dalmases is currently in thirty-fourth position for things to do in Barcelona in Tripadvisor, in addition to having obtained its Certificate of Excellence. Palau Dalmases also won the 2018 Experts Choice Awards from the TripExpert portal for two consecutive years.
Flamenco has its origin in the 18th century in Andalusia as a result of the mixing of cultures from the area: Arab, Jewish and Gypsy. Since then it has spread throughout Spain, becoming one of the characteristic elements of Spanish culture. Visiting a “tablao flamenco” and getting to know the history of this art will make your visit to Barcelona a much fuller experience.
Do you like flamenco fashion? In a flamenco show you can see the original flamenco costumes of our dancers. You’ll see that sometimes they can be very different from what you see in shops – get ready to see pure and true flamenco!
Did you know that Barcelona is, along with Andalusia and Madrid, one of the most important flamenco regions? The Andalusian immigrants brought the flamenco culture to Barcelona and turned the city into one of the most important stages of this art. Some historians even consider the city of Barcelona as the origin of the guitar used in flamenco shows.
In 2010, flamenco was declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Just for this reason, it is worth visiting a tablao to enjoy a live flamenco show.
At Palau Dalmases we offer a quality show. This is why we have top-level dancers, musicians and singers who have performed in tablaos throughout Spain and abroad, and even in prestigious venues such as the Palau de la Música Catalana.
Flamenco is an art with feelings at the forefront. During the one-hour-long show, you will live a thousand sensations capable of reaching the deepest part of your heart; because it is a heartbreaking art that is born from the entrails of the artists. Love, passion, sadness, anger. A whirlpool of sensations accompanied by flamenco vocals, flamenco heels, and guitar chords… Impressive!
Not only is flamenco dancing a great exercise that helps improve your health, but also listening to and following the rhythm of the flamenco dance is a great way to improve your body coordination. Maybe when you come back from your trip you’ll be encouraged to learn flamenco!
We are proud to have a very active community of flamenco fans with a real passion for this art. Every month we receive photographs and videos of our flamenco show from visitors from all over the world and we love to share them with our fans! Each show is unique, so thanks to our community you can continue enjoying the best artists, and see spectacular photographs. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Flamenco is an art of Andalusian origin that integrates dance, singing and flamenco guitar, although nowadays you will also find the well-known “cajón flamenco” and also a flute. It is a musical genre known for its great emotional intensity and is distinguished by its graceful movements of arms, energetic tapping, intense laments and guitar strumming.
In Palau Dalmases, as you well know, we offer every night our flamenco show, with professional artists who have a successfull career and who have performed on a long list of tablaos in Spain and abroad.
One of the most famous flamenco facts is its origins. The origin of flamenco dancing and singing is still unclear today. Although it is confirmed that the flamenco as we know it dates from the 18th century, there are many different theories of how it was born, as it has earlier musical and dance characteristics.
The most widespread and accepted hypothesis is that flamenco originated in Andalusia as a result of the coexistence of Muslims, Gypsies, Castilians, immigrants, Jews and local people. African influences were also incorporated, coming from the black Africans who passed through Andalusia and also from the Caribbean who emigrated to Spain. Thus, flamenco is the union of different races and cultures; a harmonious mixture of different lifestyles.
There are several theories, and all of them are really funny!
These multicultural influences can be seen reflected in all their aspects, both in dance and in the vocals, where we can distinguish:
In flamenco dance, on the other hand, there are influences of traditional Spanish dances, Indian dances brought by gypsies, and African dances with more sensual movements.
If you have already seen a flamenco show, you will know that the performances are intense, full of emotion. Flamenco is an art that explores the deepest feelings, such as pain, loneliness, anguish, despair, love, lack of love, passion and joy and these are transmitted through voice and movement. There’s always an emotional element.
The first truthful information about the arrival of flamenco artists to the Catalan capital and of Barcelona’s artists who offered their performances, origins from the second half of the 19th century, although it is believed that there has already been flamenco activity in the past. So, although many may believe otherwise, the historical relationship between Barcelona and flamenco is a hundred years old, as well as fruitful. Between the 19th and 20th century Barcelona became one of the first flamenco spots in Spain.
Did you know all these facts about flamenco? Follow us on our Facebook page so you don’t miss anything about this art, and if you are in Barcelona and want to enjoy an intimate and exciting flamenco show, don’t hesitate to come and see us at Palau Dalmases!
If you know Palau Dalmases, you also know that besides being a baroque palace it is also a so called “tablao flamenco”. Every day you can enjoy our flamenco show in Barcelona with the best flamenco dancers, singers and guitar players. But what’s a tablao flamenco exactly? What is its history and evolution? We unravel all these curiosities about this magical place.
A tablao flamenco is a place where flamenco shows take place with a soecial atmosphere with references to this Andalusian art. It is heir to the old “Cafés Cantante” -Singer Cafés- famous places that proliferated in the nineteenth century. The most passionate flamenco fans usually refer to them as “flamenco temples” and it is not surprising.
The tablaos have contributed to the recovery and maintenance of flamenco, that, as we already mentioned in the article 5 Fascinating Facts abut Flamenco, was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010. Therefore, they are a very important part of the preservation of this art.
They are called ‘tablaos’, because the stage on which the artists perform is made of wood, a material that offers an ideal sound for ‘zapateado’ (dancing) and also helps to protect the joints of the dancers.
The tablaos are usually small with an intimate and concentrated atmosphere, so that the audience can enjoy each performance to the maximum. In the tablao, care is taken from the distribution of the seats to the lighting. Acoustics are also very important, even in the case of the floor, as this must transmit a quality sound, clean and powerful, to be able to hear the heel of the dancers against the wood clearly, because they are part of the interpretation and percussion of flamenco.
Nowadays, tablaos are still the best places to enjoy this art in its most natural essence.
Café Cantante (Seville, 1888) Photography: Emilio Beauchy
It seems that the tablao flamenco has always existed, but its origin is relatively recent, tdespite the long history of flamenco. The first tablaos began to emerge in the middle of the 20th century as substitutes for the old Cafés Cantante. These cafés were meeting places and were the first places to offer flamenco shows open to the public, as until then flamenco was restricted to family celebrations or improvised performances in taverns and bars of the time.
The Cafés Cantante were found mainly in Cadiz, Seville and Madrid, although they spread all over the country. These first tablaos served as a springboard for the most important artists in the flamenco star system. Therefore, the great performers of this art have danced at some of the best known tablaos in their time of learning.
From 1910, the Cafés Cantante began to disappear and turned into to other businesses, which were later replaced by the tablao flamenco we know nowadays. In the 60’s the tablao reached its peak, a time when flamenco also became a universal art with Andalusia as the main region of reference.
How did the tablao flamenco arrive in Barcelona? In the Catalan capital these café were also very popular, reaching seventy-four Cafés Cantante at the end of the 19th century. Even the famous Lice de Barcelona offered Spanish dance shows with the best dancers of the time due to its success.
The 1960s also coincided with a great migration of Andalusian inhabitants to Catalonia, bringing flamenco tradition with them. It is therefore not surprising that some of the city’s best-known tablaos were inaugurated during that decade. Therefore, the existence of flamenco in Barcelona is not a consequence of tourism, but a logical evolution of this art in the city.
As we have seen, tablaos are part of Barcelona’s history. So they are a key place in your Barcelobna visit. But there’s more!
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the most special and original tablaos in the city. Get your tickets for Palau Dalmases on the web and enjoy the show!
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