Cuna del Flamenco: journey through the origins of this art
Flamenco in Seville finds its origin, its purest form, like the old cantes of the corralas of neighbors. It is the cradle of great dancers, singers and guitarists. It is a way of life, another part of the Andalusian idiosyncrasy. It is the place where thousands of tourists come to see up close a piece of magic on the tablao, the duende.
That is why our tablao could not be found anywhere other than Seville. Cuna del Flamenco is born with a pretension: to move away from the concept of the typical flamenco tablao, looking for intimacy, recollection, as the most purists would say.
When looking for a location for this new way of seeing a live flamenco show, there was no doubt: what better place than a theatre with more than 100 years old, located in one of the streets “symbol” of the city and with a history that is already part of the life of the Sevillians: the Teatro Quintero in Calle Cuna 15.
The route of this theatre begins in the 1930s, as a projection room, that is to say, as a cinema. Numerous emblematic films have been screened there, making it the living legend of Seville.
However, many years would have to pass before a “Loco” could instantly see the potential of this site: we are talking about Jesús Quintero, better known as the “Loco de la Colina”. It was in this place, in its more than 2,500 square meters, that the second stage of the program Ratones Coloraos began, broadcast by Canal Sur and with a great success in terms of audience.
Quintero gave his name to the theatre and turned it into a school: he created a set, a multipurpose room, and a recording studio, from which his programmes would be broadcast. after a period dedicated to the world of television, the theatre of Cuna 15 closed its doors until May 2019 when it returned to the Sevillian artistic scene as a flamenco theatre.
From theatre to flamenco tablao
Cuna del Flamenco gathers the essence of the old singing cafés of the 19th century, in which flamenco left the intimacy of the houses to open up to the world. It was these places that welcomed on their boards the great flamenco artists of the time and gave the general public the opportunity to delve into this characteristic art.
Although it is now a place where you can enjoy live flamenco shows on a daily basis, it has not lost that touch of theatre, as it preserves inside, the stalls, the stage and the grandeur of its canvas curtains that present the show “Seducción Flamenca” (Flamenco Seduction) every evening.
In its anterooms, we have collected small samples of flamenco, recreating the interior of a stand of the Feria de Sevilla, filling our walls with flamenco instruments such as the guitar and castanets, as well as colorful shawls that reflect the joy of this party.
With a brief tour you will be able to see the collection of posters of the April Fair that we have on display: look where you can see small corners of Sevillian culture, art and passion.
As a colophon, a unique show that will not leave you indifferent: “Seducción Flamenca”. Our intention was always to create, within this historical space, an intimate show, with which the spectator can feel the genius and improvisation of 6 artists.
Everything under a common thread, love, seduction, a story full of life and duende. Marisa Risu, Antonio Corral, Lucas Ortega, Farina…are just some of the flamenco artists who every afternoon climb the tablao and leave their skin for an hour. The key lies in what Lucas told us during an interview: “You can come and see the show on a Tuesday, come back on Saturday and find yourself another totally different one”.
If you are visiting Seville as if you are from here, come and see “Seducción Flamenca” and soak up the most traditional styles of flamenco. Book your ticket online.