Combining tradition and modernity, the Ballet Nacional de EspaĂ±a has preserved all styles of Spanish dance, such as those of Escuela Bolera and flamenco, among others while performing new works.
The company, founded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain in 1978, had Antonio Gades as its first Artistic Director, the world known choreographer famous for the dance adaptations of â€śCarmenâ€ť, â€śBlood Weddingâ€ť (Bodas de Sangre) and his close collaborator with Carlos Saura in the filming of these adaptations.
Today, the BNE is facing a new creative period, with various projects commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of Spain, under the direction of Antonio Najarro, one of the most recognized flamenco dancers and choreographers in Spain, who performed as Lead Dancer of BNE as well as diverse choreographies by Rafael Aguilar, Antonio Gades, Alberto Lorca, Mariemma, JosĂ© Antonio Ruiz and JosĂ© Granero, among others.
BNE will be on tour in Brazil and in the US in October and December of 2014, presenting their award winning productions, â€śSuite Sevillaâ€ť, â€śPaso a cuatroâ€ť, â€śFarrucaâ€ť, â€śJota de La Doloresâ€ť, â€śMedeaâ€ť, â€śGritoâ€ť y â€śBoleroâ€ť, and the debut of their new work â€śSorollaâ€ť, based on the paintings of Valencian artist JoaquĂn Sorolla, with Stage Direction by Franco Dragone, known for his work with Cirque du Soleil and the Metropolitan Opera.
The company tours with its sixty five dancers but their number on stage varies depending on the program.
During its 35 years, BNE has performed, in the most renowned theatres in the world, emblematic works as JosĂ© Granero’s â€śMedeaâ€ť, Mariema’s â€śDanza y TronĂoâ€ť, Â Alberto Lorca’s â€śRitmosâ€ť, JosĂ© Antonio’s â€śFandango de Solerâ€ť, Antonio’s and JosĂ© Antonio’s versions of â€śEl Sombrero de Tres Picosâ€ť, Pilar LĂłpez’s â€śEl Concierto de Aranjuezâ€ť, and Antonio Gades’s â€śBodas de Sangreâ€ť and â€śFuenteovejunaâ€ť.
The Ballet Nacional de EspaĂ±a has been internationally acclaimed by audience and critics, obtaining various awards, such as CriticsÂ´ Prize for the Best Foreign Show during the 1988 season at the New York Metropolitan Opera House, the Japanese CriticsÂ´ Prize in 1991, the Criticsâ€™ Prize for the Best Show at the Bellas Artes Theatre in Mexico City in 1994, â€śPoetaâ€ť, the prize awarded by the Spanish newspaper El PaĂs in 1999, and the Criticsâ€™ and Audience Prize at the VI Festival de Flamenco de Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) in 2002, for the choreography of â€śFuenteovejunaâ€ť by Antonio Gades.
The Prize Awarded by the Audience â€śTeatro de Rojas (Toledo)â€ť was given to the BNE for the Best Dancing Performance both in 2008 and 2010. In August 2010, the International Festival del Cante de las Minas, awarded the Ballet Nacional de EspaĂ±a with the Extraordinary Prize for the Performing Arts, because of its magnificent contribution to the preservation and exposure of the best flamenco.