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After our big day at Alhambra we decided to try to see a Flamenco show. The neighborhood of Sacromonte is the home of the Roma people and some of the best flamenco music and dancing in Andalusia. Sacromonte was originally carved right out of the side of the mountain, so the restaurants and many of the homes are literally large caves or cuevas. Historically, flamenco was performed in the cuevas, with lots of locals sitting around and joining in the clapping and enjoying the spirit of the performance. I really wanted this experience and even though Sacromonte is now much more touristy, I wanted to try it out and see if I could capture some of the original flavor.
We took the mini-bus up to the top of the hill and went to Museo Zambra de Maria La Granada, one of the most well-established, long-running flamenco cuevas in the area.
Flamenco is very passionate and emotional. The music lyrics tell the stories of heartbreak and war and loss and are sung with total abandon while the dancers seem to summon up their own emotions and then begin tapping out rhythms with intricate footwork while slowly moving hips and arms and hands around.
Our performance lasted about an hour and we got to see several different dance styles with the different dancers, while enjoying the singing and guitar playing which were excellent. I really enjoyed the performance and the entire experience of the cuevas!
We headed back to the hotel as we were exhausted after a long day!