The ancient city of Seville, together with Jerez, Granada and other locations, is one of the cradles of flamenco. The city is swarming with flamenco clubs (peñas), nightclubs (tablaos), dance schools, record labels, booking agencies, and performers. There is a fantastic flamenco biennale (Bienal de Flamenco) and an annual flamenco trade show, Feria Mundial del Flamenco. But there is more than traditional flamenco in the area. The Andalusian capital has produced numerous bands that create hybrid sounds, combining flamenco with pop, rock, Gypsy rumba, blues, hip-hop, world music, jazz, Medieval Andalusian and other elements.
Flamenco is a genre, with many variations and types, some subtle and some very different. "New flamenco", "flamenco-fusion", and "flamenco-rock" are just a few of the contemporary sub-genres, and show how world and pop music have blended their way into a traditional genre. The variations of the traditional styles are the result of regional influences and at times folk dance. The more contemporary sub-genres aside, there exist many types of traditional flamenco:
Tablaos in Seville
Tablaos are where you'll see the professional quality and choreographed shows. PICTURED HERE:
This is a dancer in the famous El Patio Sevalliano. This particular act has a traditional Carmen theme, complete with a cape for bullfights. El Patio Sevillano is located just next door to the Maestranza bullring.
Artists can range from the nationally to internationally known, and the dress and costumes are superb. Many shows offer dinner or just a drink, and the prices will be the most expensive for enjoying flamenco. While some people and guide books comment on these as tourist traps there is plenty to enjoy - for a price - and some of the best quality shows take place in tablaos.
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