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María Pagés

María Pagés Dancer and choreographer

Dancer and choreographer
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Quick Facts
Intro Dancer and choreographer
Is Dancer Choreographer
From Spain
Type Dancing
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1963, Seville, Comarca Metropolitana de Sevilla, Seville Province, Andalusia
Age: 57 years
The details

María Pagés (born 1963) is a modern Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer based in Madrid, Spain.

Life and career

María Jesús Pagés Madrigal was born in Seville, Spain, and began dancing professionally with the Antonio Gades Company. She choreographed for films including Carmen, El Amor Brujo and Flamenco by Carlos Saura, and in 1990 she established the Maria Pagès Company. Her work is described as incorporating the national flamenco style with outside influences.

María Pagés and her company have toured internationally, appearing in the United States at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., among other venues. In 1995 the expanded version of the Riverdance show included performance by the company to music of Irish style composed by Bill Whelan. In 2000 she provided choreography for the Hispanic Heritage Awards. Pagés serves on the Board of the Cultural Council in Madrid.

Honors and awards

  • National Dance Award, 2002
  • National Choreography Award, 1996
  • Giraldillos Awards, Giennale of Arte Flamenco (four times)
  • Leonid Massine Award, Italy, 2004
  • Flamenco Awards, VI Edition, 2005
  • Premios Flamenco Hoy, VI, 2005
  • Cultura Viva Award, 2006
  • Premio Cultura, Community of Madrid, 2007


Selected works include:

  • Sol y sombra (1990)
  • De la luna al viento (1994)
  • Riverdance (1995-1996)
  • El perro andaluz, Burlerías (1996)
  • La tirana (1998)
  • Flamenco Republic (2001)
  • Ilusiones FM (2002)
  • Canciones, antes de una guerra (2004)
  • Sevilla (2006)
  • Autorretrato (2008)
  • Flamenco y Poesía (2008)
  • Dunas (2009)
  • Mirada (2010)
  • Utopia (2011)


Pagés has appeared in television and films including:

  • Miradas 2 (TV series documentary) (2010–11)
  • A escena (TV series) (2010)
  • Ànima (TV series) (2009)
  • Plácido y la copla (TV movie) (2008)
  • La mandrágora (TV series)(2006)
  • The Late Late Show (TV series) (2003)
  • Riverdance: The New Show (1996)
  • Riverdance: The Show (1995)
  • Flamenco (1995)
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