On a quiet evening in Madrid, on the Calle de los Cañizares, an intimate crowd of about fifty people waits in anticipation. The room is dim except for the lights that illuminate a small stage in the corner. Suddenly, a man lets out a long wail, the beginnings of a song about his youth growing up in the countryside of Spain. A lone guitar accompanies him. A young woman appears, clad in a black lace ruffled dress and scarlet fringed vest, her high-heeled feet stomping rapidly across the stage, arms flailing and hands clapping sporadically as she moves rhythmically to the music. The audience is captivated by the moment, as the singer, guitar player and dancer feed off each other’s energy until a soulful climax is reached. Then the room is silent. And minutes later, it starts again.
This is a typical night at Casa Patas, a restaurant located in Madrid, Spain that features some of the best flamenco performances in the city. Guests have the option of sampling a wide variety of Spanish meats and cheeses offered in the dining section before taking in a tablao, or flamenco show.
An ancient artform that originated in the south of Spain, flamenco is a combination of dance, song and music, and Casa Patas features some of the most well-known and respected flamenco dancers in the world. A trip to the city is not complete without catching a live show, and this was a truly mesmerizing and unforgettable experience.