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José de Udaeta

  • José de Udaeta © EFE

    José de Udaeta © EFE






Date of birth

May 27, 1919

Date of death


"Dancer, choreographer and expert castanet player. He succeeded in highlighting the fusion between castanets, music, mime and dance."

José Luis de Udaeta was born in Barcelona in 1919 and trained as a classical dancer with Joan Magriñá. He learned Spanish dance in Madrid with Francisca González, 'La Quica', and Regla Ortega; and flamenco technique with Juan Sánchez, 'El Estampío'. He began his career in 1948, when he formed a professional partnership with the Swiss dancer Susana Audéoud, with whom he obtained international recognition. After his retirement from dancing he composed choreographies for various different companies. He was chosen to be the Spanish dance consultant by Margot Fonteyn in the film 'The Magic of Dance' (1980), produced by the BBC in London. He took part in the first production of 'Don Juan' (1989) by José Antonio with the Spanish National Ballet. He wrote the books 'Flamenco' (1965) and 'La castañuela española' (1985). He died in Barcelona in September 2009.


Silver Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1989)

Essential works

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    Capricho español. Un sueño de la razón

    One of the last and most renowned choreographies created by the company of choreographer and dancer José de Udaeta.

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    Don Juan

    The style, the sobriety and the delicacy of the dancer and choreographer José de Udaeta combine to celebrate the ultimate myth of the romantic leading man.

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    La Celestina

    The love story and disenchantment of Calixto and Melibea, and their procuress Celestina, transformed into a ballet.

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    Orfeo Gitano

    One of the first choreographies composed by the dancer José de Udaeta for himself and his artistic partner Susana Audeoud.

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