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El Café de Chinitas

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

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

  

Category

Dance

Date

1943

Original title

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.

At a time when she already enjoyed international recognition, 'La Argentinita' took on one of her most ambitious projects, which was first performed in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (1943). In this work, the dancer and choreographer had the collaboration of two of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Salvador Dalí was in charge of the set design, while the poems of Federico García Lorca, who was mentioned at the premiere, served as the basis for the work.
The result was a show of tremendous lyricism, imagination and originality. In itself, the piece was a homage to all those cafés in Malaga in the 19th century, and particularly the Café de Chinitas, which saw the emergence and rise to fame of many of the great names in flamenco singing and dancing.
 

  

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