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Cristina Hoyos Panificadora
13 July 1946
|Occupation||Dancer, choreographer, actress|
|Juan Antonio Jiménez|
Cristina Hoyos Panadero (born 13 July 1946) is a Spanish flamenco dancer, choreographer and actress, born in Seville, Spain. After a successful worldwide career, she opened her own dance company in 1988 that premiered at the Rex Theatre in Paris. She played an important role during the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Hoyos started dancing at the age of twelve in the children's show Galas Juveniles. Her teachers, Adelita Domingo and Enrique el Cojo, ignited her passion for dance. In 1969, she joined the ballet company of Antonio Gades where she continued her work for more than two decades. During this time, she toured the world demonstrating her art and starred in the film trilogy Blood Wedding, Carmen, and El amor brujo. In 1983, Hoyos played Carmen in the Antonio Gades ballet interpretation of Carmen in Paris. Her performance received rave reviews.
After 1988, Hoyos appeared in films and TV shows such as Juncal by Jaime de Armiñán, Montoyas y Tarantos by Vicente Escribá, Antártida by Manuel Huerga, and her own biopic Despacito y al compás. At the 1989 Paris Festival, her newly formed dance company debuted Sueños Flamencos. One year later, she would take the show to the Paris Opera House where her flamenco company would be the first of its kind on that stage. This feat was repeated at the Stockholm Opera. She also choreographed Carmen presented at London's Covent Garden by directors Nuria Espert and Zubin Metha.
At the Seville Expo '92, she performed in Yerma and Lo Flamenco. She appeared at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. In 1992, she brought her show Caminos Andaluces to the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Hoyos choreographed Cuadro Flamenco presented at the Opéra de Nice in 1996. She choreographed The Hunchback (1997 film). Hoyos ended 1996 by debuting her new show Arsa y Toma at the Opéra d'Avignon. Arsa y Toma featured costumes by Christian Lacroix.
In 1999, her dance company debuted Al Compás del Tiempo and Hoyos choreographed The Fígaro Marriages, directed by José Luis Castro. In 2001, she performed as Carmen in Carmen 2, le retour by Jérôme Savary.
In 2002, she presented Tierra Adentro at the Municipal Theater of Valencia which won the Performing Arts Award for Best Performance. Hoyos presented Yerma, directed by José Carlos Plaza, at the Alhambra in front of an audience of more than 60,000. In January 2004, Hoyos was appointed to head the Andalusian Ballet of Flamenco and one year later, she presented A Trip to the South, directed by Ramón Oller. In 2006, she travelled the world with her show Romancero Gitano, based on the work of Spanish writer Federico García Lorca.
Hoyos is married to Juan Antonio Jiménez whom she first met when both were working at the Antonio Gades Ballet Company.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 for which she underwent surgery and then fully recovered. She was featured in a book called ¡Ánimo p'alante! by Ángel López del Castillo, a journalist with a specialization in the field of health. López del Castillo collaborated with oncologist Ana Lluch to tell the story of Cristina Hoyos' experience fighting cancer based on an interview López del Castillo had with Hoyos. 
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