Zambra dances show Granada Reviews
Zambra Gypsy dance May 07, 2012
The bus ride that took us up thru a narrow and winding street of Camino Del Sacromonte from Madrid to a small village called Sacromonte to see Granada’s most famous zambra dance was quite a journey. You can see the beautiful sun that set on top of houses and it was quite a view. Some people thought that most gypsies were poor and some of them were thieves but once I saw it with my own eyes all of those images were gone. Before I arrived in Spain, I thought that the gypsy dance was performed inside a real cave and did not realized that it definitely is not. Gypsies do still live in caves and you can see several caves perch on the wall of the hills along Cuesta de Chapiz. Most of them do have jobs but prefer to live in cave instead.
The cost to watch the show is 33 Euro which includes one drink.
Once we arrived, we went up several stairs into a white establishment that didn’t look like a cave at all from the outside but it did in the inside. We were greeted by several ushers and were seated in a very small and narrow area and were served drink right away. They sure wanted us to feel the intimate atmosphere between the viewers and the dancers. But to me it was just not enough space to take a nice picture or video of the dance.
Their Flamenco dance moves were more vibrant and showed more passion compare to the one that I watched in Seville. The flamenco vocalist sang pieces that usually described the pain and suffering and surely you can see that they reflected thru the look on his face. The guitar players did a fantastic jobs strumming the strings and beating the wood frame as it acted as percussion. Other back up performers who contributed to the show also clapped their hands, stomped their feet and clicked their fingers in synchronize with the rhythm of the music. The dance, the most attractive aspect of the show, was captivating. Their face expressions and body movements, accessorized with their elaborate dresses/clothing and accessories, were so intense that often time I had chilled down of my spine.
There was show where a man and a woman performed together in one of the take. In that captivated moment, you can feel the zeal, ecstasy and the intense emotion when they looked into each other’s eyes. Their solo performance showed passionate, beautiful and elegant movements of their hands, feet and bodies as well. Every part of the dance that each gypsy performed had meaning/story behind it. The tour guide usually told you what the story behind each dance.
This show is a must if you happen to visit Madrid.
Part of the Spain 2012 travel blog
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