| La Argentinita
|"Queen of the Spanish
||(Encarnacion Lopez Julvez)|
La Argentinita started
doing Spanish dancing at the young age of four with her father
segoviano Felix Lopez by her side playing the Guitar. Later going
to dance schools and dancing in Cafe's ( Café cantantes)
while making her debut in Madrid at six years of age. Later she
came to the U.S. making her U.S. debut in Lew Leslie's International
Revue at the Majestic Theater in 1930 and unfortunately, the audience
walked out during her dance.
The audience did not appreciate her Spanish
dancing ( Due to lack of understanding,) but later the world
would clamor to see her dance, She was outstanding. Returning
to Spain, Argentinita and Federico García Lorca organized
the Madrid Ballet in 1932. 1933 La Argentinita attempted the first
large-scale theatrical presentation of an authentic flamenco in
Las calles de Cadiz, also in 1939 she collaborated with Massine
on Capriccio espagnol.
While in Spain she met
a famous Bullfighter named Ignacio Sanchez Mejías ( Who
was married to Dolores Go'mez Ortega,)
which Argentinita is rumored to have had an affair, however, it
has been written they did not. In 1938, La Argentinita, approached José
Greco to audition for her company, which he did join in 1943.
Her equally talented sister, Pilar
Lopez danced in her company as well.
When Encarnacion died, José
Greco and her sister, Pilar
Lopez, escorted her body back to Spain. While there, Greco
and Pilar formed a new company Ballet Espagnol to carry on the
works of Argentinita, they would tour all over Europe.
Antonia Mercé or better known as La
Argentina shared a similar name to Argentinita, however they
were two different people. Encarnacion called herself La Argentinita
in homage to Anotonia Mercé (La Argentina).