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Pastora Imperio

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    Pastora Imperio © EFE



Dance, Flamenco



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"Singer and dancer. She stood out as a dancer thanks to her style of moving her arms and hands and introducing the train dress into flamenco dancing."

Pastora Rojas Monje was born in Seville in 1889 and started her career at the age of ten. She performed in almost all of Madrid’s theatres between 1912 and 1926. Manuel de Falla composed El amor brujo inspired by her. The work premièred at the Lara Theatre in Madrid in April 1915. She ran the inn La Capitana, which was highly frequented by many artists and owned by her son-in-law the bullfighter Gitanillo de Triana. As a film actress, she performed in the films Dónde vas Alfonso XII (1957), María de la O (1936) and Duelo en la cañada (1959), amongst others. She became a muse for painters, poets and artists. She died in Madrid in 1979.

Essential works

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    El amor brujo

    Original version of 'El Amor Brujo' ('Love, the magician') which became a legendary work of Spanish dance.

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