Prominently featured in Pillow programming since 1942 when Argentinita and Pilar Lopez performed in the Ted Shawn Theatre’s first season, flamenco and Spanish dance have enjoyed consistent popularity with the public.
Irene Rodríguez’s powerhouse solo brought down the house when her company presented its first performances in the Ted Shawn Theatre.
Compañía Irene Rodríguez
Pena Negra, 2017
The world premiere of this group work was the climax of Irene Rodríguez’s Pillow debut.
Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe
Fiesta Flamenca, 2016
This engagement coincided with performances in the Ted Shawn Theatre by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the parent organization of Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe.
La Otra Orilla
With a title that translates literally as “Me and the Others,” this work was a world premiere by a Montreal-based company that had made its U.S. debut at the Pillow two years earlier.
La Otra Orilla
El12 (el doce), 2013
Seen here in its U.S. debut, La Otra Orilla presented a multi-media exploration of the number twelve and its many symbolic and mystical associations.
Belén Maya and Rocío Molina
"Paso a Dos" from MUJERES, 2009
This intense contemporary work was only element in a full evening of eight solos and duets, seen here in its only U.S. engagement.
Compañía María Pagés
La Tirana, 2003
La Tirana is one of María Pagés’s most popular works, inspired by a famous Goya painting that hangs in the Prado.
Although Pilar Rioja was 65 at the time of this performance, it’s easy to see why she was known as the Queen of Spanish Dance.
José Greco II
As the son of a legendary Spanish dancer, José Greco II has carried on the family tradition, as has his sister Carmela, a faculty member for the Pillow’s Flamenco and Spanish Dance Program in 2019.
María Benítez Teatro Flamenco
A household name in her adopted home of Santa Fe, María Benítez displays her fiery persona in this excerpt from her final Pillow appearance.
This represents one of six Pillow engagements by Teo Morca, who is seen here in one of his original works juxtaposing Spanish dance and classical music.
This film of a mesmerizing solo performance was unknown for nearly 50 years, resurfacing only after the filmmaker’s daughter donated this and other rare treasures to the Pillow Archives.
Luis Rivera Spanish Dance Company
Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas, 1972
Another rediscovered gem from the early 1970s, this film captures the charismatic Luis Rivera, whose career was cut tragically short by AIDS when he was only 54.
Rites of Spring
Ballet BC, Martha Graham Dance Company, Compagnie Heddy Maalem, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 + 2 others
Carola Goya & Matteo, 1963
This excerpt from a television documentary captures two Pillow stalwarts who were regular presences both onstage and in the studio from the 1950s through the 1970s.