¡Olé! The hand clapping, skirt twirling, foot stomping passion of Madrid province’s sixth annual flamenco festival, called Suma Flamenca, is coming. From June 9 to July 2 you can enjoy flamenco dance, singing, music and multidisciplinary performances from both emerging and veteran flamenco artists.
What is flamenco?
Flamenco is a unique Spanish art form consisting of dance, singing and music (originally danced by Spanish gypsies in social gatherings at their homes but now danced in theaters and conservatories around the world), which UNESCO has declared ‘heritage of humanity’. Flamenco developed in, and is strongly associated with, the province of Andalucía, but it has many adherents and fans in Madrid and artists come from all over Spain to perform here. In fact, Madrid is the best place to see flamenco in Spain outside of Sevilla.
The performances of the Suma Flamenca festival will take place at venues in the Spanish capital like the Royal Theater (Teatro Real), Casa Patas (a restaurant and flamenco theater), Corral de la Morería (another restaurant and flamenco theater), Abbey Theater (Teatro de la Abadía), Colectivo La Latina and Centro Cultural Paco Rabal-Palomeras Bajas (located in the Vallecas neighborhood and hosting the ‘Off’ festival selection), as well as at venues in some of the small towns of Madrid province like Buitrago de Lozoya, La Cabrera, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Rivas Vaciamadrid and Leganés.
For more information (in English) and a complete schedule of performances, go to http://www.madrid.org/sumaflamenca/2011/ing_index.html. You can buy advance tickets directly from the venues.
[Photo of Lola Pérez courtesy of Suma Flamenca]