Gades, Antonio

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Gades, Antonio Gender: M
Antonio Esteve Rodeñas
born on 16 November 1936 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Elda, Spain, 38n29, 0w47
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Bordoni
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 23°30' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 13°41 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 13°07'

Antonio Gades (Statue of Antonio Gades, by the sculptor José Villa Soberón, Havana)
photo: Acad Ronin, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer who helped to popularise the art form on the international stage. His most notable works included dance adaptations of Prosper Merimée's Carmen and Federico García Lorca's Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre), as well as a feature-length adaptation of Manuel de Falla's 23-minute ballet El Amor Brujo. In the 1990s, he toured the world with his show Fuenteovejuna, based on Lope de Vega's play of the same name. He collaborated closely with the Spanish director Carlos Saura in the filming of these adaptations, and also with Cristina Hoyos, one of the most prolific contemporary female flamenco dancers. Gades also co-founded and became the artistic director of the Spanish National Ballet (Ballet Nacional de España) in 1978.

He was prominent as a political activist in Alicante, where he proclaimed self-determination for the Catalan nation during the Spanish Transition between the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Peoples of Spain, a Marxist-Leninist organization.

In 1987 he was a member of the jury at the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.

He was married to the Spanish actress and singer Marisol for 4 years.

He died in Madrid on 20 July 2004 after a long battle with cancer. About six weeks before his death, he had been decorated with the "Order of José Marti", one of the highest honors of Cuba, by the Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in Havana, Cuba.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Grazia Bordoni database, 'entertainment' file quotes Cyklos.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Flamenco dancer and choreographer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Artistic director of the Spanish National Ballet)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Communist, Marxist-Leninist)