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Antonio [Antonio Ruiz Soler] [1921–1996]

Date of Birth: 1921 Seville
Died: 5 Feb 1996 Madrid (age 75)

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1928 Seville
First performed with Rosario (Florencia Pérez) at the Teatro del Duque. Met Rosario while studying at the dance academy of Manuel 'Realito' Real
1928 Seville
Danced at the Pasaje de Oriente on the occasion of a feast in honor of the infant Don Carlos
1928 Liège
First performance abroad, at the World Fair in Liège
1929 Seville
Danced before King Alfonso XIII and Queen Victoria Eugenia at the Ibero-American Exhibition
1930–1937 Spain
Carried on his training under Otero, Pericet and Frasquillo, and toured Spain together with Rosario. They were known as Los Chavalillos Sevillanos
1937 Entrepreneur Marquesi took them on a trip to America, which finally stretched over twelve years
1937 Buenos Aires
Their first appearance in Latin America took place at the Teatro Maravillas in Buenos Aires, presenting the show Las maravillas del Maravillas. After Carmen Amaya left, the pair became the headline act.
1940 New York
After a Latin-American tour through Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Perou and Venezuela, they performed at the Waldorf Astoria, in New York. For the first time, they used their real names, although they added Los Chavalillos de España, as they came to be known in Latin America
1940–1946 United States
Toured the United States
1943 New York
After starring in films such as Ziegfeld Girls, Canta otra canción, La cantina de Hollywood and Panamericana, they returned to New York, where they performed on Broadway and at the Roxy Cinema. That same year, the founded their own enterprise and presented their own show at the Carnegie Hall, Corpus Christi en Sevilla, with the eponymous score by Isaac Albéniz
1944–1946 United States
They signed a contract with Columbia Concert Artist to tour the United States
1946 Mexico
Returned to Latin America. In Mexico, they first-performed Zapateado to music by Pablo Sarasate
1946–1948 Latin America
Toured Latin America, performing shows such as: Viva Navarra to music by Larregla, Zorongo gitano, Goyescas, Danza IX and Danza VII to music by Granados, Sacromonte, to music by Turina, Malagueña, Sevilla, to the music of Albéniz, and many more. They also presented extracts from their still incomplete choreographies for Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo and El sombrero de tres picos. Examples of the Escuela bolera also formed part of this repertoire
1949 Paris
After a short period in the United States, they performed for the first time in Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées
27 Jan 1949 Madrid
Back in Spain, they performed at the Teatro Fontalba as Rosario y Antonio, Los Chavalillos Sevillanos. Later that year they performed at the Teatro San Fernando, in Seville.
1950 Atonio was awarded the Cruz de Caballero de Isabel la Católica
1950–1952 Spain
Participated in the film Niebla y sol, for which Antonio created the choreography El hombre y las estrellas. Antonio created new choreographies on Spanish composers such as Albéniz, Turina, Falla, Joaquin Malats, Ruperto Chapí and Cristóbal Halffter. He contributed further choreographies to the 'Escuela bolera' repertoire.
1952 After 22 years of close collaboration with Rosario, Antonio opened his own company, based in the studio of Juan María Bourio, 24 Montera Street, Madrid.
1953 Collaborated in the film Duende y misterio del flamenco by Edgard Neville together with Pilar López and her dance company.
1953 Together with Marienma, performed at the Teatro La Scala in Milan in two choreographies by Léonide Massine El sombrero de tres picos, to music by Falla, and Capriccio español by Rimski-Korsakov
1953 Began a tour through Europe and America, and visited Cairo and Johannesburg
20 Jul 1953 Granada
Presented his new Ballet Español at the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada. He created new choreographies, such as Llanto por Manuel de Falla, to music by Asension, Allegro de concierto to music by Granados, Serranos de Vejer after García Soler, and Suite de Sonatas after father Soler. Coreographies on dances included Suite de danzas vascas and El segoviano esquivo
1955 London
Presented at the Saville Theatre the definitive version of El amor brujo
1960 Barcelona
Premiere of Jugando al toro to music by Cristóbal Halffter, at the Liceu
1962 Begins collaboration with Rosario again
1964–1963 Spain
Participated in the organisation of the festivals sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Information and Tourism. During this period, he created new coreographies, including Concierto andaluz to music by Joaquín Rodrigo, and 'Danza primera' from Falla's La vida breve
1972 Ronda
Appeared in the film El sombrero de tres picos
1978 Seville
Began his farewell tour at the Teatro Lope de Vega, presenting his show Antonio y su Teatro Flamenco
1979 Sapporo
His farewell tour ended in Sapporo (Japan)
1980–1983 Spain
Appointed director of the Spanish National Ballet, thus succeeding Antonio Gades
1987 Composed the coreography El Rocío, for the 'Ballet Español de María Rosa"
1996 Madrid
Dies aged 75
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