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Dinner with Flamenco show

The Tablao de Carmen was opened in 1988 as a homage to the great dancer Carmen Amaya. The Tablao offers a top quality pure flamenco show, a direct descendant of the tradition. It dynamically presents several of the most important palos or styles of flamenco so that the spectator can get to know the richness and variety of this art form. It also highlights its different forms of expression: instrumental, vocal and dance.

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Carmen Amaya has been the most universal flamenco dancer. She was born in the shantytown of Somorrostro in Barcelona, probably in 1918. Her father, José Amaya Amaya, known as El Chino (the Chinese) was a professional guitarist and her mother, Micaela Amaya Moreno, was an occasional zambra dancer, although only at family gatherings.

In 1929 Carmen began her international career when she was commissioned together with her aunt Juana and her cousin María to perform in Paris. There the film director Benito Perojo discovered them, and asked them to take part in his film La Bodega. On her return to Barcelona, they continued to perform in every show they could. From 1934, she became more and more successful, appearing in several films. In 1936 she performed for the first time as the protagonist in the film María de la O. That same year she began a tour of South and Central America: Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and also, Mexico. In the 40s the magazine LIFE devoted an in-depth feature to her, when she performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and she was invited to dance at the birthday party of President Roosevelt. Her fame knew no bounds.

In 1947 she returned to Spain, after an eleven year absence, as an established world-famous artist, and premièred her show Embrujo Español [Spanish Magic] at the Teatro Madrid in Madrid. Her shows were performed in all of the best theatres in every city of every country. Probably influenced by the restless and wayfaring character of her husband and guitarist Juan Antonio Agüero, Carmen Amaya’s troupe displayed its artistry in all four corners of the world.

In 1963, the year in which her kidney disease began to be most apparent, she made what would be her last film: Los Tarantos by Francisco Rovira Beleta. Carmen did not live to see the première, but it remains her greatest film legacy. A performance full of emotion, drama and unforgettable dancing, such as the bulerías on the beach or the taranto in the Bar Las Guapas.

Tablao de Carmen combines the quality of top artists with an original venue, decorated in the style of an Andalusian amphitheatre which encourages a close connection to the artists and allows you to enjoy dinner, “tapas” or drinks during the show. The venue, the atmosphere and the show take customers back in time and space.

The story of The Tablao de Carmen

With almost 30 years of experience, the Tablao de Carmen has been recognized since its beginnings as the shrine of Flamenco in Barcelona. “Tablao”: Flamenco venue, is the generic word to describe a public place where one can see Flamenco. The essence of this type of venue is always the stage, in this case generally made of a set of wood planks (or “tablas”) which provides the right sound for the boots of the dancers.

“Carmen”: Carmen Amaya. The Tablao de Carmen was created as a tribute to the legendary gipsy dancer Carmen Amaya (Barcelona 1918 – Begur 1963), a close friend of the founder of the Tablao de Carmen.

At just 12 years of age she was already part of one of the most prestigious companies in Spain. In 1929 she performed for the King of Spain, Alphonse XIII, at the World Exposition during the inauguration of the Spanish Village in the same premises where the Tablao stands today. Her rise to fame was meteoric and she soon became a Flamenco legend whose reputation has lasted until today. Always proud to be from Barcelona, Carmen was acclaimed in the major theatres throughout Europe, the United States and South America. She was admired by relevant personalities of the XXth century such as Charles Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Picasso, Fred Astaire, Jean Cocteau, Orson Welles, the USA president Franklin Roosevelt

The Tablao Menus

Opportunity to design special menus - We also have:
VEGETARIAN MENU – A LA CARTE MENU – CHILDREN’S MENU - VERMUTITOS FROM TABLAO

THE SPANISH VILLAGE

Tablao de Carmen is located in the Andalusian quarter of Pueblo Español, on Montjuïc hill, one of the most important green belts in the city, close to the best attractions (several museums, the Olympic Ring, celebrated theatres, Fair and Convention Centre and the Open Camp).

Pueblo Español, built in 1929 for the World Fair in the city, is the best example of the wealth and variety of Spanish architecture and the history and culture of the country.

Close to the central Plaza de España, and a few minutes from the famous Magical Fountains of Montjuïc.

Combining the visit to the Spanish Village and staying to have dinner at the Tablao de Carmen is surely the most genuine Spanish experience that one can enjoy. From the prettiest street in Spanish Village, Arcos street, the Tablao invites you to enjoy the best architecture, live Flamenco show and traditional iberian food.

Buses:

13, 23, 150

Bus Turistic, Barcelona City Tour
Bus Stop: Poble Espanyol

Underground:

L1, L3

Metro Station:
Plaza de Espanya (20 minutes walk)

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