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Ballet Nacional de España

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Today, the Ballet Nacional de España (BNE) is facing a new creative period, with various projects under the direction of José Antonio, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture in 2004, being his second time as Director of the Ballet.
Founded by the Theatre and Entertainment General Direction of the Spanish Ministry of Culture in 1978, with the name of Ballet Nacional Español and with Antonio Gades as its first Artistic Director (1978-1980), the BNE has been directed by Antonio (Ruiz Soler) (1980-1983), María de Ávila (1983-1986), José Antonio (1986-1992), Aurora Pons, Nana Lorca y Victoria Eugenia (1993-1997), Aída Gómez (1998-2001) y Elvira Andrés (2001-2004).
The BNE is, among the projects of the National Institute for the Performing and Scenic Arts, one of the most known in the world, as ambassador of the Spanish culture. The Ballet has evolved in accordance with the new times and has known how to preserve its interest in all styles of Spanish dance, performing choreographies such as those of Escuela Bolera, flamenco and stylized Spanish dance. On the other hand, it has combined tradition and modernity, not forgetting main aspects as training and performing new projects.
During its 30 years, it has performed, in the most renowned theatres in the world, emblematic works as José Granero's Medea, Mariema's Danza y Tronío, Alberto Lorca's Ritmos, José Antonio's Fandango de Soler, Antonio's and José Antonio's versions of El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Pilar López's El Concierto de Aranjuez, and Antonio Gades's Bodas de Sangre and Fuenteovejuna. At this season, the BNE presents El Loco by Javier Latorre and choreographies by José Antonio in La Leyenda, Aires de Villa y Corte and El Café de Chinitas.
The Ballet Nacional de España has been internationally acclaimed by audience and critics, obtaining various awards, such as Critics´ Prize for the Best Foreign Show during the 1988 season at the New York Metropolitan, the Japanese Critics´ Prize in 1991, the Critics´ Prize for the Best Spectacle at the Bellas Artes Theatre in Mexico City in 1994, a prize awarded by the Spanish newspaper, El País, for Poeta, in 1999, and the Critics’ Prize as well as the Prize awarded by the audience at the VI Festival de Flamenco de Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), in 2002, for the choreography of Fuenteovejuna by Antonio Gades.

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