Antonio Gadès's Carmen
Commented excerpts of Antonio Gadès's Carmen show at the Palais des Sports in Paris. Report from Madrid showing Gadès working with his company. Interviews with Elvira Andrés, ballet master, and Gadès that highlight the high standards he requires. His final project before she quits is directing a Don Quichotte show.
Antonio Gades was born in 1936 in the province of Alicante in Spain. Dancer and choreographer, he revolutionised flamenco by brilliantly bringing a touch of the contemporary to the popular tradition, mixing Andalucian folklore and ballet. From 16 years old, he was in the company of Pilar Lopez whom he quickly became the main dancer for. Talented, rigorous, inexhaustible, the artist created his own shows from 1961. At the beginning of the 1960s he became the darling of Catalan intellectuals (notably Miro and Tapies) and from 1963 he travelled the world from la Scala in Milan to New York where he was at the Universal Exposition in 1964.El Amor Brujo,Bodas de Sangre(1974) andCarmen. Antonio Gades died in 2004. A foundation bearing his name is now the ambassador of his work throughout the world.