Joaquin Cortes

Joaquin Cortes


Joaquín Cortés is a choreographer, flamenco dancer and actor born in Cordoba, Spain in 1969 to a gypsy family in Spain. His physical beauty and his extraordinary scenic charisma make him one of the most famous dancers in flamenco.


Born on February 22, 1969 in Cordoba, Joaquín Cortés grew up in the center of Madrid. His uncle Cristobal Reyes, professional dancer, encouraged him to engage in the dance path and at fifteen he was already solo for the Ballet nacional de España with which he even danced for the Queen of Spain at the Metropolitan Opera. New York House.

He studied choreography in Madrid with El Güito, María Magdalena, Benita Jabato Muñoz (Victoria Eugenia) (de), Cristóbal Reyes or even Juana Taft and then joined the Ballet nacional de España where he became principal dancer.

In 1990, he began a solo career and soon after created his own company, Joaquín Cortés Flamenco Ballet.

Some critics make Joaquín Cortés a very controversial figure in the most orthodox circles of flamenco, in the sense that they accuse him of being able to take advantage of technological means to create atmospheres of original staging.

In 2009, he received the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports1.

Joaquín Cortés has been recognized worldwide not only as a good dancer but as an excellent creator of choreographic productions.

Since the last enlargement of the European Union, Joaquin Cortes has not hesitated to defend the Roma community from which he comes to discuss the situation of this minority in the European Union.

Some creations

  • 1991: Dicen de mí
  • 1994: Pasión gitana
  • 2006: Soledad


  • 1995: Flamenco by Carlos Saura
  • 1995: The Flower of My Secret by Pedro Almodóvar3
  • 2001: Gitano by Manuel Palacios



  • 1997, Joaquín Cortés Gipsy Passion Band (with the participation of various flamenco artists)


  • 2003, Joaquín Cortés Live at The Royal Albert Hall (1 hour 53 min show recorded in June 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall in London)

Joaquin Cortes’ “essence” of flamenco to heal the soul in the midst of a pandemic.

Joaquin Cortes

After a year of absence due to the pandemic, Joaquin Cortes, one of the most famous dancers of the flamenco scene, is back on stage with + Esencia + (“Essence”), a show he hopes to turn into. the whole world.

This show of “maturity”, after almost four decades of career, will make its Madrid debut on 23 December.

“Culture is necessary and vital for a country and for all, dance and music are medicine for the soul and must be taken,” Cortes told AFP during rehearsals for the show in the capital. Spanish.

It is about “telling people that going to see a show is safe, that people have to go to see the shows, that there is a protocol and that they can see them in complete safety”, explains the dancer of 51 years old born in Cordoba (South) in a gypsy family.

In Spain, open theaters have a reduced occupancy rate and wearing a mask is compulsory.

“We must move forward, life goes on,” insists the dancer, appointed Unesco Goodwill Ambassador for his contribution to the defense of gypsy culture.

With “Esencia”, Joaquin Cortes offers a fusion of flamenco with other styles of dance such as salsa and jazz.

This show brings together “all that I have learned, all that I nurtured through my travels around the world”, during a career which began with his admission to the National Ballet of Spain at the age of 14 years old, he explains.

“It is the maturity of an artist, (…) your perfume, your essence, your life, the summary of many things that you have amassed here and there in your way of dancing and of expressing yourself, in as a choreographer “, continues the artist known for his talented fusion of flamenco, classical dance and contemporary dance.

Joaquin Cortes, who will be accompanied to Madrid by artists such as flamenco singer Estrella Morente, hopes to be able to tour with this show “on the five continents” from March or April, depending on “the progress of vaccines” against the Covid-19.

“For me, returning to a stage is vital, I am an artist who has built himself on a stage (…) it is my room, my imaginary world, I am impatient to return there”, says t -he.

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