The intimate venues known as tablaos have mostly remained shuttered even as pandemic restrictions ease. That puts at risk a formative element of many flamenco performers’ careers.


Isabel Rodriguez, left, dancing this month at Las Tablas, a tablao in Madrid.Credit...Emilio Parra Doiztua for The New York Times


By Raphael Minder

April 9, 2021

MADRID — They’re often in darkened, cavelike spaces, with a stage nestled among patrons’ tables and chairs. These small clubs, called tablaos, have acted as a springboard for generations of flamenco artists in Spain to launch professional careers, much in the way that many jazz musicians first came to the public’s attention in the clubs of cities like New Orleans. But that intimate setup, designed to pack the audience close to the stage, has left most tablaos unable to reopen even after Spain lifted its most severe pandemic lockdown restrictions last summer. The situation has created an existential struggle for these cherished institutions at the heart of a national art form. Seguir leyendo...

El Tablao Las Tablas presenta una animada programación primaveral para hacer frente a la crisis del sector. De jueves a domingo, en horario de mañana y tarde...


Los gestores del Tablao Las Tablas (Madrid), Marisol Navarro y Antonia Moya, anuncian que «después de todo este tiempo, con mucha ilusión, estamos intentando remontar nuestra actividad y hemos vuelto a abrir el tablao». Por el momento, la programación será de jueves a domingo y esperan contar con el apoyo de público y medios para la difusión, pues lo necesitan más que nunca.

Las Tablas es un tablao flamenco joven y dinámico dirigido por artistas. Fue fundado en diciembre del 2003 por las bailaoras Antonia Moya y Marisol Navarro. Apuesta por un flamenco representativo, cuidado, de calidad y con figuras de primer nivel. Un buen lugar para disfrutar de una velada de flamenco, acompañada por el cante, la guitarra y el baile al tiempo que se saborean delicias de la gastronomía española. Seguir leyendo...

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Flamenco dancer Lisi Sfair performs at Cardamomo, one of few tablaos still open. Photograph: Denis Doyle/The Guardian


Alittle after 7.30pm on Wednesday night, a small crowd gathered in a dark, brick-lined bar in central Madrid to sit at candlelit, socially-distanced tables and lose themselves for an hour in the sweat, shouts and blurred hands, hems and heels of a flamenco show.

The 16 people in the audience at the Cardamomo tablao, or flamenco venue, were in luck – but then so were the eight performers on stage. Neither flamenco’s iconic place in Spanish culture nor its global status as part of Unesco’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity has spared it the pains and penalties of the Covid pandemic. Seguir leyendo...