The Spanish National Ballet wants to give public recognition to Seville-born bailaor (flamenco dancer) Antonio Ruiz Soler on the 20th anniversary of his death. The dance ensemble will perform some of Ruiz Soler’s best-known choreographies.
Popularly known as Antonio el Bailarín, he knew, from a very young age, that he would be a dancer. Considered to be a child prodigy, he took dance lessons regularly with Realito (flamenco) and Ángel Pericet (ballet). He gained immediate success when he danced before King Alfonso XIII and Queen consort Victoria Eugenie at the Ibero-American Exposition, which took place in Seville in 1929.
At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Ruiz Soler travelled to South America and then to the US, where he performed in movies like Pan-Americana or Sing Another Song.
In 1949, he returned to Spain, determined to make a household name for himself. His many accolades included the Gold Medal of the Spanish Institute in New York (1979), the National Prize to Best Ballet Show (1972) and the UN Medal (1963).
Antonio Najarro is the director of this 150-minute performance with intermission that features the curtains and settings of emblematic numbers such as Eritaña, Sarasate’s Zapateado, Taranto (La Taberna del Toro), Fantasía galaica and El Sombrero de Tres Picos. A well-deserved homage to the great Andalusian artist.
Cast and Creative Team:
Venue: Teatros del Canal – Sala Roja
Director – Antonio Najarro
Assistant Director – Azucena Huidobro
Principal dancers – Esther Jurado, Francisco Velasco
First dancers – Aloña Alonso, Inmaculada Salomón, Sergio Bernal, Eduardo Martínez
Soloists – Débora Martínez, Miriam Mendoza, María Fernández
Corps de ballet – Cristina Aguilera, Estela Alonso, Sara Arévalo, Pilar Arteseros, Cristina Carnero, Alba Dusmet, Alba Expósito, Marina Fernández, Patricia Fernández, María Martín, Tania Martín, Sara Nieto, Carla Prado, Irene Tena, Vanesa Vento, Javier Caraballo, Antonio Correderas, Juan Pedro Delgado, Albert Hernández, Antonio Jiménez, Álvaro Madrid, Adrián Maqueda, Álvaro Marbán, Víctor Martín, Alfredo Mérida, Carlos Romero
Répétiteur coach – Maribel Gallardo
Répétiteur – Cristina Visús
Dance instructor – África Paniagua
Ballet teachers – Tino Morán, Raúl Tino
Cantaora (female singer) – Saray Muñoz
Cantaor (male singer) – Gabriel Georgio González
Guitarists – Diego Losada, Enrique Bermúdez, Jonathan Bermúdez
Percussionist – Roberto Vozmediano
Pianist – Juan Álvarez
Company – Spanish National Ballet