In the history of Flamenco, it’s thanks to Antonio Gades that the dance is now found on the stage, and with so much success. The famous dancer and choreographer managed to introduce this popular Spanish institution into the often rarefied world of the theatre, where it was by no means sure that it would be accepted; a deep rift divides the two worlds, notwithstanding the long-time acceptance of classical ballet. But in order to guarantee a future for the work to which he had devoted his life, Gades decided, a few years before his death, to create a company in his name. With original choreography, stage sets and costumes, the dancers have since revisited ‘Carmen’ and other Spanish ballets, and taken their shows around the world. It’s one way for them to continually pay homage to the toreador of flamenco, in strict respect of the tradition that he created: rigour and seriousness remain the ruling values. December is the first time this Spanish troupe has visited Paris, where they will show a dozen pieces including ‘Carmen’, ‘Noces de Sang’, ‘Suite Flamenca’ and ‘Fuenteovejuna’ at the Palais de Congrès. A ticket would also make a great Christmas present...