Madrid’s unique charm makes us want to walk its streets again and again. Surely, the city has something special, linked to a past full of art and passion for life; it’s the same duende (mysterious charm) that haunts us in flamenco. Following this tradition, on December 1, the Concha Jareno flamenco company explores the art of music through the spectacular show El Baúl de Los Flamencos, which blends flamenco and fashion at La Abadía theater (calle Fernández de Los Ríos, 42). The dancing and music will entice you as much as the tour around the trends and styles that have made this traditional lifestyle universal. Seldom will you see the clothes and the art as related and so close to your home, your classic Flat Sweet Home Alonso Martinez.
A day later, on December 2, you’ll have another appointment at the Teatros del Canal (Cea Bermudez, 1) with the most genuine flamenco at Israel Galvan‘s latest show, La Edad de Oro. This revolutionary performer has bared his show leaving the dancer alone with the unique sound of flamenco singing, which is simultaneously transgressive and traditional. It’s a unique opportunity to see a show that has captivated several countries during this great choreographer’s tour.
The Asturian singer Tino Casal is another Spanish music talent. He’s transformed the movida madrileña into a golden age of glamor through his music, influenced by David Bowie and his impossibly glam outfits. Until February 19, over 200 collector items show the artist’s trajectory and style at the Museo del Traje (Avenida Juan of Herrera, 2). Also, works by McManamara and Costus will spice up this nostalgic exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of Casal’s death.
Another forward-thinking artist like Tino Casal is the irresistible Canadian artist Peaches, our undisputed music proposal this week. Since the late nineties, she has been showing her aesthetic and rhythms with a crazy mix of rock, punk, and electronic music. Her music is an adrenaline shot with gender awareness that will flood the Barceló theater (calle Barcelo, 11), only a few meters from your cozy Flat Sweet Home Malasaña Apartment.
As visually striking as Peaches is the play Tartuffe, The Impostor, a classic by Moliere with a captivating avant-garde aesthetic. Its stanzas about ambition and human hypocrisy go along with a mise-en-scene that’ll make you fall in you with Madrid from your seat at theater Fernan Gomez, at Plaza of Colon.
To finish our weekly tour of this city full of dreams fulfilled, we recommend an immersion in the art of Jose of Ribera. Known as The Spagnoletto, he was always in the shadow of Velazquez or Rafael, but his talent remains and marks him as one of the most talented painters in art history. The Museo del Prado (Paseo of the Prado s/n) pays an honest tribute to him in an exhibition about the man behind the painter. It’s an opportunity to stroll through the jewels of the Prado, the best art gallery in the world, and let Ribera‘s work seduce you. You won’t be nostalgic when you arrive in your Flat Sweet Home Serrano Apartment, with and elaborate decoration that’ll help you enjoy the rest of your day.
Find out more about the Flat Sweet Home schedule of shows and events
El baúl de los flamencos – December 1 – 19.30h – La Abadía theatre– calle Fernández de los Ríos, 42 – 20€
La edad de oro – December 2-4 – 20h – Teatros del Canal – Cea Bermúdez, 1 – 10-24€
Tino Casal, el arte por exceso – until February 19 – Tuesday to Saturday: 9.30 – 19 h / Sunday and public holidays: 10-15 h – Museo del traje – Avenida Juan de Herrera, 2 – €3
Peaches – December 2 -21.00 h – Barceló Theatre – Calle Barceló 11 – 28€
Tartufo, el impostor – until December 11 – Tuesday-Saturday: 20.30 h / Sunday: 19.30 h – Fernán Gómez Theatre – Plaza de Colón, 4 – from 12€
Ribera, maestro del dibujo – until February 19 – Monday to Saturday: 10-20 h / Sunday: 10-19 h – Museo del Prado – Paseo del Prado s/n – €16