Flamenco, a traditional Andalusian arka form, is one of the most popular attractions for tourists in Spain. Small businesses that offer live Flamenco shows operate all over the country, far beyond its native region in the south.
Torres Bermejas, a flamenco show venue in Madrid which was founded half a century ago, is one of the most celebrated in Spain. Some very famous names in the flamenco world have performed there in the past. This year hasn’t been easy for business. Due to the pandemic, it had to keep its doors shut for 7 months.
But it has now reopened, welcoming tourists, but hoping to see more locals among the guests too.
The venue is allowed to welcome up to 50 guests for a show. Their body temperatures are measured before they can enter. Powerful air filters were installed to keep the air in the venue well ventilated.
The usual interior of Torres Bermejas with a hollow wooden stage in the centre, multi-colored tiles on the walls and ceiling in a typical Andalusian style, is now complemented by large see-through screens that are suspended from the ceiling and raised about 1 meter from the floor.
Performers dance behind these screens without masks and keep their distance from the audience. The guests can only take the masks off when seated. Most tables are set for two guests at a time.
Like Torres Bermejas, many venues had to close because of the pandemic. With the tourism sector and economy hit by restrictions, the regional Madrid government has promised to help these businesses live through unstable times.