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Carmen Amaya

  • Carmen Amaya © EFE

    Carmen Amaya © EFE



Dance, Flamenco



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" Spanish flamenco dancer. Her trademark style revolutionised flamenco, and she danced with a panache and élan which had never been seen before. She toured the world to great acclaim."

She was born in Barcelona in 1913. Of gypsy blood, she made her debut accompanied by her father, the flamenco guitarist José Amaya 'el Chino' in the Teatro Español Theatre in Barcelona when she was only four years old. From that time on she began to earn a living dancing in bars and taverns. In 1929, together with her aunt Juana 'la Faraona' and her cousin María, she set up the Trío Amaya, with which she performed in Paris. From 1935 she embarked on several tours of all the main American and European venues. She performed in various theatres in Madrid, including the Coliseum and La Zarzuela theatre, in shows by other artists such as Concha Piquer. Her skill was also immortalised in films such as 'Los Tarantos' (Alfredo Mañas, 1962). She died in Bagur (Girona) in 1963.

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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