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The Antonio El Pipa Flamenco Ensemble, from Andalucía, Spain, has been acclaimed throughout Europe and the United States for its soulful performances in the traditional Gypsy flamenco style.

Antonio Ríos Fernández was born in Jerez de la Frontera, in a Gypsy family of flamenco musicians. The family's outstanding figures are his grandmother and matriarch of the flamenco dance Tía Juana la del Pipa, his uncle Antonio El Pipa, dancer from who he inherits the same name, and his aunt the dancer and singer Juana la del Pipa.

He started dancing at a young age and began performing with Manuel Morao y Los Gitanos de Jerez. He was first dancer in various groups, including Esa Forna de Vivir, Pasión Gitana, Aire y Compás, and Jondo la Razón Incorporea. He started his professional career in the great companies of that time such as: Cristina Hoyos, with "Sueños Flamencos" and "Yerma", La Tati, with "Apología Flamenca" and "La Herejía", Lola Flores, Antonio Vargas, with "Opera Carmen", in which he performed with the tenor José Carreras, Morao with "Esa Forma De Vivir", among others, and "Un Gitano de Ley", show in which he plays the role of the first gypsy beatified: Ceferino Giménez Maya, together with Juana Amaya, and with the premiere at the Sevilla Cathedral and at the Aula Magna in the Vatican for Pope John Paul II.

He has also participated in outstanding events such as: Las Bienales de Arte Flamenco and the Expo 92 held in Sevilla, Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada, Festival de Teatro Flamenco de Alhama, Congreso Internacional Rafael Alberti, Vienna Dance Festival, Flamenco Art Festival of Mont de Marsan, and important tours in Paris and Broadway (New York).

He founded and directs his own company with the shows "Vivencias", to the memory of Tía Juana la del Pipa, and "Generaciones", with the special collaboration of Dª Matilde Coral. The first one was shown for the first time at Teatro Lope de Vega in Sevilla, and toured the most important Spanish cities, including Madrid, and also crossed the borders to be performed at Granz Opera Theatre in Austria and at Symphony Space in Nueva York, having a great success of critic and audience. The second one, that only with its premiere at III Festival de Jerez, got the most prestigious prize "The Critic's Award". In both shows he counts with the presence of some members of his family, to leave evidence of what he considers as the greatest inherit, the culture of the gypsy people: Flamenco, and also to pay homage to his grandmother, his biggest inspiration source.

Both Antonio and his aunt were showcased in the highly successful Gypsy Passion production that appeared on Broadway in New York, as well as, Paris and Sevilla. The ensemble toured the United States in 1999 and 2001 as part of the Gypsy Caravan Tous


Awards "Juana La Macarrona" and "Paco Laberinto" at the XIV Flamenco Art National Contest in Cordoba (1995).
"Copa Teatro Pavon" granted by the Circulo De Bellas Artes of Madrid, as Revelation Artist In 1997 and for his first production "Vivencias"
"Insignia De Oro" of the Flamenco Peña Tío José De Paula
"Jerezano Del Año", granted by the media (1997)
"Premio Nacional De La Critica Española", granted by the critics (1998)
"Premio De La Critica", for his production "Generaciones", Best Show of the III Festival de Jerez (1999)

ICART, Madrid, Spain

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