Tablao Villa-Rosa Flamenco Show in Madrid

Last week I enjoyed a wonderful flamenco show in Madrid at the Tablao Villa Rosa. Anyone who knows “MadridMan” knows he loves flamenco and this tablao is definitely one of the best – if not the best – with regards to price, location, decoration, and quality of performers.

Madrid Flamenco Tablao Villa-Rosa Cast Stage 2013

I’ve watched flamenco performed in just about all of Madrid’s tablaos, and in most of those more than once, but this was my 3rd visit to this amazing flamenco tablao. (I also wrote about the Tablao Villa-Rosa last July) This historic tablao is perfectly located in the northwestern corner of Madrid’s Plaza Santa Ana. If you’ve been to Madrid before you’ve certainly noticed the façade’s beautifully hand-painted tiles portraying scenes in Madrid and Spain.

Tuesday night’s flamenco show started at 9:30pm, but we arrived at 9am and were seated right next to the stage. What luck! Great views from beginning to end. It should be mentioned that photos are permitted to be taken but not video. If they see you recording video, they’ll kindly ask you to stop. This is typical in most tablaos.

Madrid Flamenco Tablao Villa-Rosa Tamar Gonzalez 2013

The stage performers included one guitarist, one singer, and three dancers. Other flamenco tablaos will charge twice as much, but will give you twice the number of performers, too, and the shows last twice as long. So for those wanting an excellent taste of flamenco at half the price, the Tablao Villa Rosa is a great place to see it.

The two female flamenco dancers were Tamar González and Guadalupe Torres while the one male flamenco dancer was Marco Flores. The ladies were impressive, professional talents, to say the least. Their dances started slow and built to incredible velocity and ferocity.

Madrid Flamenco Tablao Villa-Rosa Marco Flores 2103

I must admit I didn’t know what to expect from Marco Flores, however. He is very tall and very thin – not your stereotypical macho male, pony-tail sporting male flamenco dancer. But, my-oh-my, was he incredible!! In fact, his performance inspired more than one person in the audience, including me, to rise to his feet to applaud.

Funny thing about flamenco and dance appreciation, those not familiar with it may watch with ambivalent curiosity. In fact, a lot of those at the tablao were virtually stone-faced towards the beginning fo the show. But by the end, however, most all were visibly moved, inspired, many smiling in utter amazement.

With time and experience, I’m creating quite a personal list of “Go-To Places” in Madrid. You know, the places you can count on to treat you well, feed you well, entertain you well, and have a good price-quality ratio, too. The Villa-Rosa is fast becoming my “Go-To” flamenco tablao in Madrid.

Video: Marco Torres dancing flamenco in Villa-Rosa:

 
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9 Responses to Tablao Villa-Rosa Flamenco Show in Madrid

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  2. Wendy (Puna) says:

    Ole! and WOW!

  3. Kaitlin says:

    Nice video! Just wish I could dance flamenco half as good:)

  4. Sarah C says:

    Assuming you’ve been to Corral de la Moreria, how does this place compare?

    • MadridMan says:

      I’ve been to the Corral de la Morería countless times. It’s my all-time favorite place for the venue, the show on the whole, and the quality of dancers employed there. In my opinion, they have THE BEST dancers and the best show. But they also charge twice as much for twice the show as the Tablao Villa-Rosa. The client can choose what’s most important to them; price or quantity.

  5. Susi says:

    Any good restaurants closeby or is the food at Villa Rosa good?

    • MadridMan says:

      Hi, Susi! I’ve just sent you an email regarding this. In that email, I mentioned that I, personally, have not had dinner at the tablao, but some friends of mine have and said it was good. Apart from having dinner at the tablao, there are a number of bars on the Plaza de Santa Ana where you can have tapas/raciones and wine/beer before or after the show. Many Madrid restaurants don’t open until 9pm so the tapas option might be the best one if you’re not having dinner at the Tablao Villa-Rosa. Enjoy the show!!

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