“It’s a pleasure to guide you through the Flamenco Dance Museum and the various experiences we offer to our visitors”
Cristina Hoyos began dancing at the age of twelve in the children’s shows “Galas Juveniles.” Standing out among her many teachers are Adelita Domingo and Enrique El Cojo.
In 1969, she joined Antonio Gades’s company as his dance partner. She stayed with the company for two decades, during which she not only travelled the world but also participated in a well-known cinematic trilogy directed by Carlos Saura: “Bodas de sangre” (Blood Wedding), “Carmen”, and “El Amor brujo” (translated as either Love, the Magician or Wedded by Witchcraft).
In 1983, Cristina Hoyos travelled to Paris to play the starring role in Carmen ,a role for which she was rated as the best Carmen danced till that time.
Since 1988 she has participated in many movies and television programmes.
In 1989, she debuted her own company “BALLET CRISTINA HOYOS” at the Paris Festival and in 1990 she performed at the Parisan Opera House – Palais Garnier, with overwhelming success; it was the first flamenco company to perform at the Paris Opera and Royal Swedish Opera. She choreographed the opera “Carmen” directed by Nuria Espert and Zubin Metha for the Covent Garden in London.
In 1992, she performed at the Seville Universal Expo, as well as both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Barcelona.
In 1994, she presented the show “CAMINOS ANDALUCES” (Andalusian Pathways) at the Châtelet Theatre in Paris.
In 1996, she choreographed “Cuadro flamenco” based on the choreography of Peter Medak’s “The Hunchback” (El Jorobado). It was performed at the Nice Opera in France with a set made of works by Pablo Picasso. That same year, Cristina Hoyos’s new show, “ARSA Y TOMA”, premiered at the Avignon Opera with costume design by Christian Lacroix.
In 1999, she presented “AL COMPÁS DEL TIEMPO” (To the Beat of the Time) and choreographed “Las bodas de Fígaro” (The Marriage of Fígaro), directed by José Luis Castro for the Maestranza Theatre in Seville
In 2001, she acted and was the lead dancer in “Carmen 2, le retour”, directed by Jerôme Savari.
In 2002, she premiered “TIERRA ADENTRO” (Inland) at the Teatro Principal in Valencia and for that performance she received the award for Best Show at the Valencia regional government (Generaltat)´s Performing Arts Awards.
In 2003, she presented “YERMA” (Barren), to a crowd of over sixty thousand at Los Jardines del Generalife at the Alhambra in Granada.
In January 2004, she was named the director of the BALLET FLAMENCO DE ANDALUCÍA (Andalusian Flamenco Ballet).
In 2005, she presented the production “VIAJE AL SUR” (Southward Journey), in the Gran Teatro de Córdoba, with which she toured many countries of the world.
In April 2006, she opened her Flamenco Dance Museum in Seville and has managed it thereafter.
During summer 2006, she presented “ROMANCERO GITANO” (Gipsy Ballad), based on the work of Federico García Lorca.
In July 2009, she premiered “Poema del Cante Jondo (Poem of the Deep Song), in Granada at the Café de Chinitas” also based on Lorca’s works.
In 2012, she choreographed the opera “EL GATO MONTÉS” (The Wildcat), directed by José Carlos Plaza.
Actualmente dirige y promueve artísticamente el “Museo del Baile Flamenco” de Sevilla.
The numerous awards and accolades she received include:
– The National Dance Award
– The Gold Medal of Andalusia Award
– The Gold Medal of Fine Arts Award
– The Andalusia Culture Award
– Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government
– The Spanish Personality of the French Tourism Award by the Maison de France
– Great Vermilion Medal of the City of Paris
– Ambassador of Tourism of Beijing, Audience Award for Best Show at the Nouvelle Dance Festival of Montreal (Canada)
– “Flamenco Hoy”
– “Working Women”
– “Puerta de Asturias”
– “Pegaso” of the Spoletto Festival
– “Award of Honour” by FACYDE
– “Silver Slipper” INDANZA
– “Carnation of the Press – The Press Association of Seville”
– The “International Presence Award” by the SGAE –Author Foundation-
– “MAX Award” to the “Best Female Dance Performer”, (on the same day and at the same time she received the following awards) The National Prize for Flamenco by the Flamencology Institute of Jerez and Award of Honour of the Santa Barbara Festival-California.
– “Compás del Cante” Andalusia Tourism Award-Ambassador of Andalusia
– Yerbabuena de Plata Award in Las Cabezas de San Juan- Seville
– Streets named after her in Carrión de los Céspedes and Tomares – Seville
– A member of honour of AAEE
– Beloved daughter of Seville
– Global Ambassador of dance (along with Alicia Alonso) by UNESCO.