COMPAÑÍA ANTONIO GADES
Just months before he passed away, Antonio Gades created a Foundation in charge of looking after his artistic heritage and helping to disseminate his work, promoting a greater knowledge of Spanish dance all over the world. Back on the stage at the request of this Foundation, the Antonio Gades Company is now solely responsible for staging the ballets of the choreographer from Alicante, keeping the original spirit and guidelines his works were devised with intact.
Under the artistic direction of Stella Arauzo (who danced with Gades for many years, taking over from Cristina Hoyos in the performance of Carmen), and technical direction of Dominique You (so many years the illuminator and right arm of the Maestro), the new formation has several members from the old company who, together with new faces, ensure the transmission of the lines which characterize the work of Gades, expressing the most profound human concerns, within a aesthetically refined language rooted in the traditions and culture of the Spanish people.
After performing Carmen in the Roman Theatre, and touring almost constantly since them, the Antonio Gades Company has recovered for the stage Carmen, Bodas de Sangre, Suite Flamenca and more recently Fuenteovejuna. His work has not only been endorsed by the large number of spectators who have gone to the shows but also the awards received such as the Giraldillo de Oro of the Flamenco Biennial from Seville, the Demófilo award from the Fundación Machado and the award of the Teatro Rojas in Toledo which fills the company with special pride since it is awarded by the public.
The Antonio Gades Company has been resident in Getafe since 2006.