This institution is one of the main cultural ambassadors of Spain to the world, with an understanding of how to preserve the interest for all the styles of Spanish dance throughout its history.
The National Ballet was founded by the Ministry of Culture in 1978, under the direction of Antonio Gades. Throughout the years, it has evolved to meet the times, interpreting highly diverse choreographies for flamenco, stylised Spanish dance or the Bolera School, among others. The institutions works excel in the coexistence of traditional and modern styles. The Spanish National Ballet also maintains an active commitment to education.
Some of its directors have been Antonio Ruiz Soler, María de Ávila, José Antonio, Aída Gómez and Elvira Andrés. The success of its performances has brought the ballet to interpret in the most prestigious theatres worldwide, with emblematic works such as “Medea” by José Granero, “El Concierto de Aranjuez” by Pilar López or “Fuenteovejuna” by Antonio Gades. Furthermore, the Spanish National Ballet is widely acclaimed by both critics and the public, obtaining numerous awards.
Critics’ Award for Best Foreign Show (1988) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
Japanese Critics' Award (1991)
Critics’ Award for Best Show (1994) at the Fine Arts Theatre in Mexico
Madrid Region Culture Award (2006)
Extraordinary Prize for Performing Arts at the International Song Festival Cante de las Minas (2010)