The flamenco of Carmen Linares and María Pagés, Princess of Asturias for the Arts

The singer Carmen Linares and the dancer and choreographer María Pagés have been awarded the 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts, as announced by the institution on Thursday. These two women take over from performance artist Marina Abramovic, who received the same award in 2021.

The foundation's jury has highlighted that Carmen Linares and María Pagés "converge the spirit of several generations that, from respect for tradition and the depth of the roots of flamenco, have known how to modernize and adapt its essence to the contemporary world, elevating it , even more so, to the category of universal art”. In addition, with their work, "both have opened paths of repercussion not only artistic but also social and have become an example of work, talent and dedication for future generations."

Flamenco was recognized in 2004 with the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts with the award given to guitarist Paco de Lucía, which the jury highlighted as “one of the most suggestive musical genres of our time and a perennial and unique artistic event”.

Each Princess of Asturias Award is endowed with a sculpture by Joan Miró – symbol of the award−, a diploma, a badge and the cash amount of 50,000 euros.

the two winners

María Pagés was born in 1963 in Seville. In Pagés “inhabits the genius of baile, we all know and proclaim it. But there is something else in this woman: she dances, and by dancing she moves everything around her. Neither the air nor the earth are the same after María Pagés has danced”, said José Saramago.

The Sevillian was prima ballerina in the Mario Maya company, in the Rafael Aguilar Spanish Ballet and in the María Rosa Spanish Ballet. In 1990 she created her own company, where she has produced numerous shows and with which she has renewed, according to critics, the forms of flamenco dance through the mixture of tradition and modernity.

He has collaborated with artists of the stature of Mijaíl Barýshnikov, Carlos Saura, Tamara Rojo –Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts 2005– or Ángel Corella. He has also received the Léonide Massine Prize (Italy, 2004), the Community of Madrid Culture Prize (2007), the Andalusian Medal (2011), the Spanish Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2014), the Award for the Best International Dance Show (Chile, 2015), the Medal of the City of Seville (2018) and the Seville Biennial Critics Award (2018), among many other awards.

Carmen Linares was born in 1951 in Linares, Jaén. She began to sing in companies such as Paco Romero or Carmen Mora and in popular Madrid tablaos such as Torres Bermejas and Café de Chinitas. She is, according to experts, one of the most important voices in flamenco singing, on a par with names like Enrique Morente, Camarón or La Niña de los Peines. She has been the first flamenco singer to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Linares is the only flamenco woman to have won the Spanish National Music Award in the performance category (2011). He has also won the French Record Academy Award (1991) and the National Association of Flamenco Art Critics Award (1995), the Silver Medal of Andalusia (1998), the Gold Medal of Fine Arts (2006), the Madrid Gold Medal (2019), the Master of Mediterranean Music Award from the Berklee College of Music (USA, 2019), the International Terras sem Sombra Award from the Portuguese homonymous festival (2019) and the Meridiana of the Andalusian Institute for Women (2022), among others. In 2011 she received the Lifetime Music Award from the Spanish Academy of Music and in 2012 she was awarded the Medal of Honor at the Granada International Music and Dance Festival.

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