Cueva La Rocío
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Cueva La Rocío
Adresse:Camino del Sacromonte, 70
Telefon: 958 22 71 29
Mobiltelefon:659 11 5187
The Cueva de la Rocio is one of Sacromonte´s most prestigious sites and has a respected reputation both inside and outside of Spain. It was one of the first caves to be established, and belongs to one of the most important dynasties of the world of flamenco, the “Maya” family. The great dancer Juan Andrés Maya, nephew of the master Mario Maya, forms a part of this dynasty and this initiative.
The caves of Sacromonte are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of Granada. Born as a place of dwelling shortly after the fall of the Muslim reign of the kingdom of Granada, at the beginning of the 16th century, the caves gave shelter to the Muslim, Jewish, and Gypsy population of nomad customs, originally from India. This historical fact made these caves what they are today: recipients for the subsequent crystallization of flamenco art.
The Cueva de la Rocio was one of the first gypsy zambras in Sacromonte, founded in 1951, and since then it has remained faithful to its characteristic family style. The majority of the artists performing are members of the same clan and they make the visitor feel like family. If to this blend we add the “flamenco” tradition of its proprietors who count amongst them renowned artists in the world of flamenco guitar and dance, the result is a passionate and high quality performance.
The Cueva de la Rocio has a performance every night of traditional “Zambra Gitana”; a singular genre inspired by the ritual gypsy music of the Sacromonte gypsies that represents the different moments of a gypsy wedding. Here it is executed with dignity and rigor by the 10 artists of profound gypsy flamenco tradition (Juan Andrés Amaya, "La repompilla" o Raquel Heredia), and with the distinctive characteristic of being performed on a ground level stage in the center of the rectangular living room space. All the seats are arranged around this space and give the spectator the impression they are inside the performance. Being on the stage, so to speak, the spectator will have no visibility problems from any seating. The caves are well ventilated and prepared against the heat; the lighting is simple and elegantly chosen to highlight the ambience. There is technological and amplification back-up to bring out the best of the cave´s natural acoustics and to soften the dancer´s tap dancing.