Madrid has left its artistic mark on the form and world of flamenco, with the contribution of a large number of artists, with the largest stage display so that it could take on an image, and feed the professionalism, and consequently the creativity that was manifested in theatres, cafés and all types of venues and stages, in other words, revive and feed an art form.
Madrid was the birthplace of artistic movements that have conditioned the historical stages of flamenco, with the greatest known contribution to the industry and to flamenco culture. A whole panorama that starts in the 18th century with the “tonadillas” and “sainetes madrileños” of Don Ramón de la Cruz, where pre-flamenco styles are already evident, and moves on to “fandangos de candil” and Andalusian musical theatre, in parallel activity with the birth of the “cafés cantantes” (singing cafés).
After the flamenco opera came the folkloric shows and tablaos, giving way to festivals, competitions, peñas, dance academies…
Jose Blas Vega . Flamenco in Madrid