Rafael Amargo is one of the most famous Spanish flamenco dancers. A graduate of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, his career has been supported by the Spanish artists Luis Gordillo and Esperanza D´Ors, and he has been photographed by Bruce Weber and Annie Leibovitz. In 2002, he was awarded the Positano Leonide Massine Prize in recognition of his work as a choreographer and a dancer, an award previously given to Rudolf Nureyev and Lindsay Kemp. His choreography blends the traditional and the contemporary, while never losing its true point of reference: the essence of flamenco.
He debuted professionally in Madrid at the age of sixteen, in the company of the great Lola Flores, dancing in the following years in the best tablaos in Madrid and with the best dance companies. In 1997 Rafael Amargo premiered his first show LA GARRA Y EL ÁNGEL at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. Since then his company has released thirteen productions of their own: LA GARRA AND EL ANGEL (1997), AMARGO (1999), POETA IN NEW YORK (2002), LOVE WITCH (Gitanería 1915) (2003), ENRAMBLAO (2004), DQ PASSENGER IN TRANSIT (2005), DEAD TIME (2006), ENRAMBLAO 2 (2008), LA DIFÍCIL SENCILLEZ (2009), ROSSO (2010), PRINCESSES DEL FLAMENCO (2010), ONLY AND AMARGO (2010). He has also worked on two productions of the Mérida Classical Theatrical Festival: Prometeo, along with Antonio Canales and Troya Siglo XXI, together with the dancer María Jiménez and the actress Ángela Molina. In 2007 the Rafael Amargo Company celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a season at the GranTeatre del Liceu, with AMARGO AL LICEU, who gathered the best choreographies of their shows and filled in all their functions. His shows have been performed in the best festivals and theaters in the world: Beijing National Opera (China), Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, New York City Center, Carneggie Hall (next to Paquito de Rivera, Bebo Valdés and Cachao) and New Town Hall York, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Casino de Paris (France), Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto (Italy), Opera and Gran Rex Theater in Buenos Aires (Argentina), National Auditorium of Mexico, Coliseu dos Recreios de Lisbon, Jacquie GleasonTheatre of Miami, Forest Nationale de Bruxelles, and more, as well as in the most important theaters of Spain, including the GranTeatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Rafael Amargo and his shows have received numerous awards, including four Max Performing Arts Awards: two for AMARGO (Best Show and Best Male Dance Performer), one for POETA IN NEW YORK (Best Male Dance Performer) and one by EL AMOR BRUJO (Best male dance performer); the Positano Prize Leonide Massine de la Danza as both a dancer and choreographer; Prize of the APDE (Association of Spanish and Flamenco Dance Teachers of Spain), together with Antonio Gades and Matilde Coral; the PavónTeatro Copa for Young Performers (1998). He also won prizes for Best Dance Show of EL PAÍS de las Temptaciones by AMARGO (2000) and POETA EN NUEVAYORK (2002), which was chosen as Best Show of the Decade, the following year. But it is the public that has most celebrated Rafael Amargo’s shows, constantly filling the theaters in which he performs.