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Antonio Gades

  • Antonio Gades © Eugenia Eiriz. Archivo Fundación Antonio Gades

    Antonio Gades © Eugenia Eiriz. Archivo Fundación Antonio Gades



Dance, Flamenco



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"Dancer and choreographer. A creator with a charismatic personality and his own highly personal vision of dance and flamenco in Spain."

Antonio Esteve Ródenas was born in Elda (Alicante) in 1936. He learnt to dance with Pilar López, who then took him into her dance company, and encouraged him to adopt his stage name of Antonio Gades. In 1960 he toured Japan as the company's first dancer. He discovered the poetry of García Lorca and became convinced that the most legitimate means of expression for his work was flamenco. In 1962 he founded his own company, and achieved worldwide success with his staging of 'El Amor Brujo' (Love, the magician) in 1969. In 1974 he triumphed again with 'Blood Wedding'. He became the first director of the Spanish National Ballet in 1978, when he took charge of starting up the company. He died in Madrid on 20 July 2004.


National Dance Award (1988)
Madrid Region Culture Award (1999)
Castile-La-Mancha Performing Arts Award (2002)

Essential works

  • Los Tarantos © EFE

    Los Tarantos (interpretation)

    Impossible love and family rivalries, flamenco-style. Based on the stage play by Alfredo Mañas. 

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  • 'Blood Wedding'. Company of Antonio Gades © Javier del Real. Archivo Fundación Antonio Gades

    Bodas de Sangre

    Antonio Gades shows his mature vision of flamenco in this dance version of Lorca's classic.

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  • 'Fuenteovejuna'. © Javier del Real. Archivo Fundación Antonio Gades


    Última de las coreografías del artista español Antonio Gades para su gira internacional de despedida.

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  • 'Carmen'. Company of Antonio Gades © Luca di Bartolo. Archivo Fundación Antonio Gades


    Reinterpretation of the classic by Georges Bizet, and the definitive establishment of Antonio Gades on the international stage.

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