The Ballet Nacional de España was founded 35 years ago and had Antonio Gades as its first director. Its subsequent evolution has aimed to maintain interest in all Spanish dance styles, combining the modern with the traditional. Since 2011 it has been headed by Antonio Najarro.
Sorolla is a show inspired in Visión de España (1911), a collection of paintings commissioned by the Hispanic Society of New York from Joaquim Sorolla, in which the brilliant painter from Valencia expressed his personal vision of Spain, its customs and dances. This tour of the peninsula features its most significant folk dances, along with other creations of Spanish classical dance and the bolero and flamenco schools. Franco Dragone's stage direction, the costumes designed by Nicolas Vaudelet, and the score by the Valencian composer Juan José Colomer all reflect the light, freshness and motion of Sorolla's paintings.