The ANDALUSIAN FLAMENCO BALLET is the highest institutional representative of flamenco and has played, since its creation in 1994 —over 25 years ago—, the role of ambassador of flamenco.
Throughout this period the Company has become the best means for opening new markets for flamenco, has been on stages all over the world and has been part of the cultural agendas of countries such as the United States, Argentina, Cuba, France, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland or Mexico; of major international events like Aichi Exhibition in Japan and has participated in big flamenco festivals such as New York or London.
The productions carried out during this time have reached remote locations but were also staged in Andalusia. The Andalusian Flamenco Ballet participated in eight editions of the programme Lorca y Granada en los Jardines del Generalife (the prestigious festival held in the Alhambra gardens in Granada) with several productions based on works by Federico García Lorca which have afterwards toured the main scenic venues in Spain and abroad.
The history of the Ballet is full of recognition, not only from the public and the critics but also from performing arts specialists. In this regard it has been awarded the National Choreography Prize for the show directed by María Pagés El perro andaluz and several choreographies by Cristina Hoyos while she directed the Ballet have been nominated for the Max theatre prizes. Notable among these is Yerma, which received the Max Prize for Best Female Dance Performance to Cristina Hoyos; or Romancero gitano which was the most seen show in Spain in 2006. Images, 20 years of Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía received the Giraldillo Prize for the Best Show of the 18th Flamenco Bienal of Seville. Likewise, Tierra-Lorca, cancionero popular has been awarded, proposed by the Jury, the Giraldillo Prize to the corps de ballet of the Ballet in the 19th Flamenco Bienal of Sevilla.
The dance company has been a constant source of talents whence major current flamenco artists emerged: Israel Galván, Isabel Bayón, Rafael Campallo, Belén Maya, Fernando Romero, Mercedes Ruiz, María José Franco, Juan José Jaén ‘El Junco’, Patricia Guerrero or Rafaela Carrasco among others.
All this has led Andalusian Flamenco Ballet to become an exemplary dance company the productions of which have created its own public within and across Spanish borders and which awakes the interest for flamenco around the world.