ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Institute of Flamenco (nifnm.org) in partnership with Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (http://www.hhandr.com) announces the opening of Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque (http://www.tablaoflamenco.org), an intimate performance space at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town (http://www.hotelabq.com).
The tablao is a model that emerged in Spain in the early 20th century as a platform to cultivate the essence of the art of flamenco highlighting the improvisation between the baile (dance), cante (song), and toque (guitar). Tickets start at $10 and hotel packages are available.
Sixty percent of the proceeds from the Tablao go to support the non-profit National Institute of Flamenco. Their founder and Executive Director Eva Encinias notes, "The tablao is key in any flamenco community, and adds an important element to the thriving community in Albuquerque. Through this venture, we will create jobs for artists, present the best artists from Spain and the US, and create a sustainable source of revenue for our non-profit organization."
The Tablao features authentic Sevillian tapas created by the world-renowned Chef Mark Miller of Santa Fe's Coyote Cafe and Hotel Albuquerque's Chef Gilbert Aragon with ingredients sourced from Spain like iberico ham and nora chiles. There are also multiple kinds of house-made Spanish sangrias as well as craft cocktails.
"Outside of Spain, the greatest flamenco in the world occurs in New Mexico and has been an important art form in New Mexico for over half a century. We hope that guests to the tablao come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art and culture of Flamenco and Spain that has such an extensive and rich history in New Mexico. Performances are now held weekly on a year round basis," says Jim Long, CEO and founder of Heritage Hotels & Resorts. "Tablao Flamenco continues the work of Heritage Hotels to provide its guests an opportunity to experience our cultural heritage in the most authentic way possible."
"We wanted the space to reflect not only the rich and raw Gypsy influences of flamenco but also a contemporary take on Spanish Colonial design elements blended with modern design aesthetic," said Adriana Long, interior designer of Heritage Hotels & Resorts. "The entire space was intentionally designed to highlight the performance stage space and there are views from the entire room of the stage."
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SOURCE Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc.