Today, the Ballet Nacional de España (BNE) is facing a new creative period, with various projects under the direction of Antonio Najarro, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of Spain in April 2011.

The BNE is, among the projects of the National Institute for the Stage Arts and Music, one of the most known in the world, as ambassador of the Spanish culture. 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 firt 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), Elvira Andrés (2001-2004) and José Antonio (his second time 2004-2011).

The Ballet has evolved in accordance with the new times and has known how to preserve its interest in all style of Spanish dance, performing choreographies such as those 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 33 years, it has performed, in the most renowed 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 ».

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's 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 (Tentaciones), 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 « Fuenteovenuja » by Antonio Gades.

In 2008 and 2010, the BNE has obtained the « Awards Teatro de Rojas (Toledo) » to the Best Dancing Performance, given by the audience, and in Agust 2010, the Cante de las Minas La Unión ' International Festival has given to The Ballet Nacional de España the Stage Arts Extraordinary Prize, because its magnificent contribution to the preservation and diffusion of the best flamenco.




Original Idea and Staging Direction  : Antonio Njarro

Music : Rafael Riquieni, Miguel Rivera (colaborador)

Orchestra  : Escuela de la orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid

Musical director : Omar Acosta

Texts  : Gerard Diego

Lighting, scenography and images design  : Felipe Ramos (3D Scénica)

Audiovisual Production  : César San Bruno (3D Escénica)

Costume design : Antonio Najarro

Sound design : Javier Alvarez

Suite Sevilla, choreographed and directed by Antonio Najarro with music by Rafael Riqueni is a work of classic Spanish style which will be released by the Ballet Nacional de España with live music from the School of Madrid Symphony Orchestra with the flamenco musicians of the BNE and the guest flamenco singer "Argentina".


Original idea : Antonio Najarro

Scene Direction: Franco Dragone

Choreography: Arantxa Carmona, Miguel Fuente, Manuel Liñán y Antonio Najarro

Music: Juan José Colomer, Paco de Lucía (Zapateado), Enrique Bermudez ("La pesca del atun" and "Elbaile, buleria") and popular music

Direction Assistant: Pascal Jacob

Costume Design: Nicolas Vaudelet 

Lighting Design: Felipe Ramos y Ginés Caballero

Scenography Design: Vincent Lemaire



"In an on-going quest for creations that both convey and conserve our own dance culture, I am presenting my new artistic endeavour for the Spanish National Ballet, Sorolla, inspired on the "Visión de España" collection commissioned to painter Joaquín Sorolla by New York's Hispanic Society in 1911. In forty large-scale paintings for the Hispanic Society's library, Sorolla crystallized his personal vision of Spain and its customs and dances. In a journey through several of the peninsula's geographic regions, this upcoming BNE debut of Sorolla will display our folklore's most salient dances together with other classical Spanish dance creations as well as those from the escuela bolera and flamenco. Regions and provinces such as Castile, Aragon, Navarre, Gipuzkoa, Seville, Galicia, Catalonia, Valencia, Extremadura, Elche and Ayamonte will be represented through choreographies designed and created by Arantxa Carmona, Miguel Fuente, Manuel Liñan, and myself. The crisp light and movement in Sorolla's paintings will be reflected in the staging by Franco Dragone and his team, the costume design and adaptation by Nicolas Vaudelet, and the score written by Juan José Colomer from Valencia. With Sorolla we tackle a new challenge born from the desire to merge two universal arts in a single performance with the grandeur of Spanish dance inspired by the work of this brilliant painter, all to celebrate both the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sorolla and the 35th anniversary of the BNE." Antonio Najarro


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