The term “Tablao” comes from the word tablao. At the beginning of 1900, flamenco was a music that only heard select ears in private parties. The performances were improvised: the wealthy gentlemen (many aristocrats), made a common bag and hired artists, such as Antonio Chacón, Ramón Montoya, Manuel Torres; They danced The girl of the Peines, Pastora Imperio … for those parties passed all the great ones of flamenco. The performances were usually performed in vaulted brick basements that many taverns, like ours, had downstairs. The brick vault is extraordinary for music, it does not reverberate and naturally amplifies the sound. Attendees (like those in the picture on the right, taken in the legendary “Gabrieles” tavern) sat in a circle, and the artists sang and danced in the center.
For the bailaor, for the tapping to sound, he would put a table on the floor. There was born the name “Tablao”, which was then popularized in public places that were opened by Madrid. In the 60’s, with the massive arrival of tourists to Spain, dinner was added. The first packs appeared “cena + flamenco show”, and so, for a purely commercial reason, in the foreign imagination has been installed the idea that flamenco must be seen dining. A nonsense, which in addition to disrupting the artists’ emotions with the fuss of a restaurant, undermines the greatness of this art. The flamenco jondo needs silence, attention and the respect of the audience, so that the deep emotion, which the gypsies call “elf” appears.
In the photo to the left, our Tablao, Essential Flamenco. As you can see in the image, we are guided by a purpose: We want to recover the intimacy, which was the essence of authentic flamenco. The audience literally stuck to the stage, surrounded by three rows of chairs. No tables, no meals, no distractions. Flamenco is an art that stands on its own. It does not need additions, paella, or folkloric adornments. It does not come to mind a decoration made with Andalusian lanterns and Manila shawls (for more inri, made in China). Flamenco takes elements of Andalusian folklore, but it stylizes it, sublimates it, and turns it into art. It expresses better Federico García Lorca: “The Andalusian folklore is local color, flamenco jondo, universal color”.
The flamenco jondo (jondo comes from deep, deep) combines, in a crucible never seen before, five musical cultures: the local Andalusian folklore, the music that brought the gypsies (that emigrated from India arrived to the south of Spain in the year 1400 ), Arabic music (the Arabs were from the year 700), and also musical features of the Jews and Castilians. It is a music that touches the universal soul. To understand it, you just need to feel it; to feel it, privacy is fundamental. </ p>
Before arriving at the public stages, he played with family, at private parties, in closed cellars, which gave him an air of semi clandestinity. Flamenco is not made for multitudinous events (What does a tocaor look like sitting on his chair, only with his guitar, in a stage of 15 X 20 mt2). The flamenco there languishes, misses its essence: intimacy.
The good relationship between the artists of our tablao is obvious, it is obvious how they enjoy themselves, as they enjoy the company of their colleagues on stage (pictured right). A comment on Trip Advisor, from Snowflakes, USA (242 reviews), was titled: “Never Give a” 5 “, But This Gets It” – “I never give a” 5 “, but this succeeds. The review, translated, says: “I’ve been brainwashing, trying to figure out what I liked so much about this performance. I have witnessed concerts by world-famous artists in New York and London, and the level of it was the same (if not better) than those shows.
Finally I discovered that it was: the companionship between the artists and the intimacy of the show. I honestly felt like I was looking at a group of friends who come together at night, to dance, sing and play instruments. For me, it is basically what it is about, when it comes to witnessing an artistic show: seeing people who love what they do, along with those who are interested in the subject.
Everything I can say about this show is not enough. Just go and see it. You will be totally delighted. “The merit of having formed such a cohesive group, is the artistic director and bailaor, the National Award of Flamenco Dance, Juan” El Mistela “. The Mistela has managed to gather around them a cast of artists of the highest order. The quality unites them. Playing or dancing surrounded by musicians of a great level, in a stable group that lasts two years, makes you feel like family; You have fun acting, and that shows.