“De lo flamenco” and ‘Réquiem,’ which premiered November 12, 1994 at the Maestranza Theatre in Seville, marked a before and after in the development of Spanish dance and flamenco in Andalucía. That historic premiere was the first step in founding the Compañía Andaluza de Danza, now known as the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, a special show has been prepared, selecting, under the artistic direction of Úrsula López, several of the most representative choreographies and creations that have defined the company’s history.
The program is comprised of pieces created by several Ballet generations. Choreographies by Mario Maya, Javier Latorre, José Antonio Ruiz, Cristina Hoyos, Rubén Olmo, Álvaro Paños and Úrsula López give life to a commemorative show that, thanks to its holistic vision, takes the audience on an engrossing journey through the company’s history.
The different directors who have contributed their talent to the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía are part of Spain’s dance history. They, along with many other artists and choreographers, have, in these 25 years, made the company a true flamenco reference. We invite you to take this journey with us to explore the 25 years of creativity that this commemorative show celebrates.
The Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía is one the foremost institutional representatives of flamenco, acting as the art form’s ambassador since the company’s founding in 1994. The Ballet has since performed on stages across the globe and at such important international events as the Aichi Exposition in Japan or the large-scale flamenco festivals in New York and London.
Throughout the Ballet’s history, it has received not only public and critical acclaim but also that of performing arts specialists. As such, it has been the recipient of the National Prize for Choreography awarded by ‘El perro andaluz,’ led by María Pagés, and several of choreographies by Cristina Hoyos, created during her directorship, have been nominated for Max Theatre Prizes. Among them is “Yerma,” for which Hoyos received the Max Prize for Best Female Dancer, and “Romancero gitano,” which was the most viewed show of 2006. “Imágenes: 20 años del Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía” was awarded the Giraldillo Prize for Best Show at the XVIII Seville Flamenco Biennial, and “Tierra-Lorca, cancionero popular” received the XIX edition’s Giraldillo for the work of the company’s corps de ballet.
The company has been an inexhaustible source of talent, that has produced such important dancers as Israel Galván, Isabel Bayón, Juan José Jaén ‘El Junco,’ Patricia Guerrero and Rafaela Carrasco, among others.
All of this has made the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía the company of reference for flamenco, triumphing with national and international audiences, fomenting a growing interest in flamenco across the world.