Flamenco en Granada

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Deciding how to take in a flamenco show in Granada is complicated by an abundance of choice. The atmospheric Sacremento caves? An authentic one-am bar show? Or even one of the many, seemingly impromptu street performances?

The Albaycin based bar Le Chien Andalou came recommended, but after finding every performance full my friend and I found ourselves in the somewhat nondescript (and off-puttingly tour-group filled) La AlboreA.

We needn't have worried. The next hour disappeared as we drank in the speed, the sound and the sheer force of the dance - feeling each crack as the dancers' feet flew to the floor.

The relationship between the performers was palpable. Like an opera, the Spanish-language story transcended language; communicable through the faces, the eyes and the bodies of the group on stage.

Our female lead (one Christina Aguilera...) was in particular transformed by dance; slipping from a quiet, almost distracted accompanist into a fiercely focussed dancer.

The unabating energy and what felt like genuine passion made my first experience of watching flamenco completely captivating - touristic venue or not...

April 2015, 3 days Granada
Olympus E-PL5 + M.Zuiko 45mm 

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