Bodas de Sangre/Suite Flamenca

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The dances with which Gades began his solo career in about 1963 were gradually shaped into the numbers that would become the Suite Flamenca, which is comprised of eight pieces of traditional flamenco dance.

Bodas de Sangre

In 1974 Antonio Gades would take a huge step forward for Spanish dance with the creation of his ballet Blood Wedding, or Bodas de Sangre, based on the play by Federico García Lorca, who in turn was inspired by the news of an incident that took place in Nijar in 1928. It was adapted for ballet by Alfredo Mañas, who had already collaborated with Antonio ten years before in Don Juan.

Bodas de Sangre has been staged by a great variety of dance companies, including the National Ballet of Spain, the National Ballet of Cuba, the Ballet of Nancy, the Rome Opera and the Andalusian Dance Company. Now the Antonio Gades Company once again stages what is one of the greatest Spanish works of dramatic dance, at the forefront of the 20th century and a classic of contemporary dance.


Suite Flamenca

The dances with which Antonio Gades began his solo career in about 1963 were gradually shaped into the numbers that would become the Suite Flamenca five years later, eight pieces of traditional flamenco dance presented from Gades’ own angle. This Suite was performed by his company, including, among others, Cristina Hoyos, his dance partner for more than twenty years, who in turn had replaced Curra Jiménez, Antonio’s partner in the early years.


Teatro Real, Madrid

Recorded May 9, 2011

Running time:
43' Bodas de Sangre
68' Suite Flamenca

Bodas de Sangre

Creative

Choreography and lighting: Antonio Gades
Adaptation for ballet: Alfredo Mañas
Set design and costumes: Francisco Nieva
Music: Emilio De Diego, Perelló y Monreal, Felipe Campuzano
Premiere: Rome, Olympic Theatre, 1974

Cast

The mother: Vanesa Vento
The groom: Joaquín Mulero
The wife: Maite Chico
Leonardo: Ángel Gil
The bride: Cristina Carnero

Suite Flamenca

Creative

Choreography: Antonio Gades
Soleá Choreography for Bulerías and Tanguillos: Cristina Hoyos
Music: Antonio Solera, Antonio Gades

Cast

Soloists: Stella Arauzo and Miguel Lara