Cristina Hoyos

(b. 1946)

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(b Seville, 13 Jul. 1946)

Spanish dancer. She made her debut aged 12 in the children's production ‘Galas Juveniles’ and began choreographing her own work. From the age of 16 she began specializing in flamenco and worked in ‘tablaos’ (flamenco clubs). A dancer of fierce power and uncompromising personality she joined Gades's company in 1969 as his partner, creating the role of the Bride in Blood Wedding (1974). In 1975 she toured and danced in her own show, and with Gades formed the company which appeared in the film version of Blood Wedding (dir. Saura). She also danced in Saura's film Carmen and won particular acclaim for her performance of Candelas in his film El amor brujo (1986). She and Gades directed and danced in Ballet Antonio Gades con Cristina Hoyos (1983–8), then in 1989 she founded her own Ballet Cristina Hoyos, now Ballet Flamenco Andalucia which tours internationally and was the first flamenco company to perform at the Palais Garnier. Injury has recently curtailed her range as a dancer but she continues to choreograph and perform in works with her company, including Romancero Gitano (2008). She was closely involved in setting up the Museo del Baile Flamenco in Seville.

Subjects: Dance.

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