Bodas de Sangre/Suite Flamenca

Sunday, October 12
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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

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Choreography and lighting: Antonio Gades
Adaptation for ballet: Alfredo Mañas
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