They’re Sacred Spaces for Spain’s Flamenco Scene. Many Won’t Survive Covid.

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...

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