After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Noche Flamenca

I just got back from a night in Little Madrid, or that's what it would probably be called if the Avenida de Mayo were in L.A. instead of Buenos Aires. It's the "Gallego District" where wonderful Spanish restaurants can be found alongside of flamenco bars. There are also theaters where touring flamenco troupes from Spain perform for the enthusiastic Spanish Argentines who live nearby.

This week, direct from their tour in New York, Soledad Barrio and her Noche Flamenca from Madrid, appear in the lovely jewelbox, Teatro Avenida. Run, do not walk to get a ticket! It's an amazing night of anguish, despair, loneliness, passion. physical strength and prowess. It's a show mostly about sorrow, but what beautiful sorrow! And you think tango has emotion?

After the show, we walked across the street to the Plaza Asturias for a Spanish seafood dinner, but we made the mistake of not ordering the mariscos casserole, which all of the other diners in the know were slurping up from the impressive steaming presentation in a red clay bowl. Great flan as well.

Don't let this pass you by; Soledad performs with her troupe of dancers, musicians and singers at the Teatro Avenida through next weekend (September 2.)


n a n c y ;-) said...

What a treat. You danced flamenco in your earlier years, didn't you? Another resto you might try is Otoxo on Entre Rios @ Belgrano. It has a Gallego orientation and lots of seafood - from the northwestern part of Spain that more resembles Ireland. The owner might even play his bagpipe for you. Locals only.

tangocherie said...

Hi n a n c y,

Yes I studied flamenco for two years in Mexico, and two years here in Buenos Aires. I loved it, but it didn't love my ankles and feet.

Thanks for the resto recomendo!