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La Argentinita

  •  La Argentinita © EFE

    La Argentinita © EFE



Dance, Flamenco



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" Spanish-Argentinean ballerina, flamenco dancer and choreographer. In her lifetime she was renowned for being the highest expression of flamenco."

Encarnación López Júlvez was born in Buenos Aires in 1895, the daughter of Spanish immigrants, and left with them for Spain in 1901. She was successful from being a young girl but would reach true heights when she associated herself with the Generation of 27. She was a triumph in Paris and Berlin with pieces adapted from popular tradition. She took part in artistic movements of the time, alongside Alberti, García Lorca, Neville and Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, her lover. In the 2nd Republic, she formed her ballet company and prepared her first choreographed pieces: Las calles de Cádiz, Sevillanas del siglo XVIII and El Café de Chinitas, with texts by Lorca and stage design by Dalí. When the Civil War broke out, she fled Spain. She died in exile in New York in 1945.


Alphonse X the Wise Medal (posthumous)
Order of Isabella the Catholic (posthumous)

Essential works

  • «Café de Chinitas». Ballet Nacional de España © J. Aznar. Ministerio de Cultura

    El Café de Chinitas

    Representative work by Encarnación López 'La Argentinita' in which she pays homage to the cafés of Malaga in the 19th century.

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Other highlighted works

  • Goyescas
  • Sevillanas del siglo XVIII
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