Enjoy a taste of Spanish food, wine and dance with Mandarin Oriental, Miami and the city's Flamenco Festival
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As part of a fiery flamenco series at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, you can catch riveting performances by the best international performance artists (until 13 March).
The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami
Accented by incisive stamps and brushes of the feet, prevailing vocals and enchanting melodies, flamenco is simply spellbinding. The traditional Spanish art form comprises four pieces: voice (cante), dance (baile), guitar (toque), and the jaleo, which allows the audience to contribute to the show. This interactive component erupts in rumbles of encouragement with claps, stomps and shouts (think ¡olé!). What's more, the synchronous communication between the performers reveals their virtuosity.
A vintage picture of flamenco dancers
This mystical and passionate style of performance hails from southern Spain – at the point where two continents (Europe and Africa) collide. The region is called Andalusia and is known as the 'cradle of flamenco'.
Andalusia's storied past triggered a multicultural dance movement in the 15th century, when the Gypsies who came from India escaped religious persecution alongside the Moors and Jews. These cultures found harmony in the art of flamenco, a fusion of their music and dance as a response to the despair of the era.
Flamenco singer Esperanza Fernández
Today, flamenco is enjoyed worldwide with a blend of traditional and modern flair. In the world premiere of Oh Vida! this March, Cuban-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Spanish vocalist Esperanza Fernández paid tribute to Cuban big bandleader Benny Moré and Manolo Caracol from Seville. Their zesty twist on more than a dozen classic songs comes with soulfulness and authenticity, amplified by electric bass, percussion, guitar and, of course, dancers.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Guests of Mandarin Oriental, Miami can book a Flamenco Festival Miami performance with an exclusive pre-show dinner at the hotel's La Mar by Gaston Acurio, including post-show cocktails at MO Bar + Lounge. Available until 13 March