“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.” – Isadora Duncant
Flamenco dancing is a thunderous, soulful, sometimes melancholy dance that originated in Andalusia, Southern Spain. Watching these dancers expose their emotion and passion through their strong and precise motions is not only beautiful, but extremely moving. Flamenco combines pride, strength, pain, and passion through aggressive but purposeful movements with the dancers’ feet.
Modern Flamenco dance is a fusion of Moorish, Andalusian, Egyptian, Roman, Indian and Spanish folk style dance that the gypsies brought with them while fleeing their homelands in the fifteenth century and developed over hundreds of years. The art of Flamenco has developed over time, but it has never lost its core Gitano “Gypsy” foundation. Gitano was the term for the gypsies that entered Andalusia from Egypt and loosely applied to the fellow travelers that included beggars, criminals and runaway slaves, among others. These groups chose to disappear by being absorbed by the Gypsy communities. The common thread that bound these misfits together was persecution, and the emotion of this can be seen in the song, dance and music of Flamenco. During the early nineteenth century, Flamenco dance became more accessible to the public through festivals and shows performed at performance theaters called cafe castanets, the first of which was opened in Seville in 1842.
Café Sevilla is home to the longest running Flamenco Dinner show in Southern California. Every Saturday night, we offer a three-course dinner menu combined with a two-part Flamenco Dance performance. Under the artistic direction of Yvette Garcia of “La Sole” Flamenco from Andalucia, Spain, master musicians and dancers who have studied extensively in Spain bring fire, passion and gypsy flare each week to the Sevilla stage. These shows are a sensory indulgence of sight, sound, and taste, leaving our guests with a piece of truly Spanish culture. Marvel at the passion, beauty and athleticism of this traditional art form as you enjoy an included dinner featuring a salad, the famous Spanish dish Paella Valenciana or short rib/salmon duet, and for dessert, Crema Catalana, the restaurant’s award-winning chocolate espresso creme brulee. A tapas menu, full bar, eclectic wine list and other menu upgrades are also available for à la carte purchase.
$59 per person (price does not include tax + 18% tip which will be added to check at end of show). Call 951-778-0611 to reserve. This is a prepaid show. Shows include a three course dinner. Doors at at 6:30PM, Show starts promptly at 7PM.
Yvette is an award-winning dancer, instructor, and choreographer from Anadlucia, Spain. She opened her own studio, La Sole’s International Performing Arts Academy in March, 2009, and she currently performs wherever Flamenco takes her.
Tickets are non-refundable. However, tickets can be cancelled up to 8 days prior to the show but will be subject to a $15 cancellation fee. Tickets can also be transferred to another date up to 8 days prior to the show. Tickets can also be transferred to another party at any time before the show. Please call the reservations office at 951-778-0611 for ticket cancellations, date transfers or party transfers.