As a former dancer, I thoroughly enjoy dance performances. What better dance to see in Spain than Flamenco?
El Poble Espanyol is a fake town that was built in 1929 to showcase various regions of Spain for the Barcelona International Exhibition. The goal was to create a model Spanish village with the main characteristics of all the towns and villages in the peninsula. This design included 117 buildings, streets, and squares reproduced to scale. The facades were only meant to survive the six-month duration of the exhibition, but the area was so successful that it still stands today.
El Poble Espanyol is quite charming with large open squares, small alleys, and quaint storefronts. Some of the stores and studios have resident artisans painting, sculpting, creating stained glass, working with leather, and more.
One of the strangest physical features of El Poble Espanyol was the shards of colored glass on top of the high walls to act as artistic barbed wire. How creative!
The place has enough twists and turns to require a map. We circled through a few times enjoying the architecture before we found the small alley in the Andalusia region with the Flamenco show at El Tablao de Carmen.
The performance highlighted the various forms of flamenco — music (guitars and drums), song, and dance. The dancers performed with such emotion and absolutely commanding claps.
The tabalos have historically served as an artistic school and a springboard to fame for young artists. So in addition to the more seasoned performers, we also saw a girl who seemed like she was just a teenager, but she too, was an expert performer with seriousness beyond her years.
We thoroughly enjoyed the performance, so much so that Mr. HalfFull was striking poses in the street on the walk home. His ferocity was compellingly hilarious! He was also inspired to learn to play flamenco guitar. We’ll see when that happens…
- What types of dance do you enjoy doing and/or watching?
- When do you think Mr. HalfFull will take up the guitar?
- Has a performance inspired you to learn a new skill?