Flamenco at its best needs no stage decoration, no razzle-dazzle. The emotional charge of the song and dance should be enough to transport you to another place. You can do all-singing-all-dancing shows with dinner thrown in elsewhere in Seville if that's your thing, but I prefer it as stripped-down and basic as possible. Casa de la Guitarra is a relatively new flamenco place right in the touristic center. It's a small, simple room with plastic chairs and rather harsh lighting. When I took my seat at the early performance, I was one of just six people watching the show. But that meant I was almost within touching distance of the three performers—just a guitar player, a singer, and a dancer. Each song was prefaced with a short explanation of the style of flamenco it demonstrated and the region it originated from. (Unfortunately this was only in Spanish.) And then they performed. The songs rose and fell, building in intensity;  the dancer swirled and stamped her feet, her face a picture of emotion. And all of this to a practically empty room. I was utterly enthralled. It must be incredible when the place is full. It's perhaps not surprising that Casa de la Guitarra has a pedigree—it's also the home of one of Spain's most legendary flamenco guitarists, José Luis Postigo. The walls are decorated with cases that feature his unique collection of flamenco guitars, some which date from as early as 1800.