International Conference “Rethinking The Three-Cornered Hat A Hundred Years Later”

Palacio de la Madraza, University of Granada, Spain, 3rd – 5th July 2019 – Deadline: March 1st 2019

On 22nd July 1919, in the Alhambra Theatre in London, the Diaghilev Ballets Russes premiered one of the most relevant works in the history of Western dance and music, the international projection of Spanish culture and the configuration of the Spanishness imaginary. This ballet was based on the adaptation of Pedro Antonio de Alarcón’s book by María Lejárraga, and had a score by Manuel de Falla, set and costume designs by Pablo Picasso and a choreography by Léonide Massine. Since that moment, the ballet has been performed a huge number of times around the world, with versions by the most significant choreographers, and still lives in the repertoire of some current dance companies.

Moreover, The Three-Cornered Hat has focused the attention of many critics and scholars, who have built a large historiography throughout the years, both in Spain and abroad, which might
be advisable to review. The work becomes a relevant and complex creation where concepts such as the construction of stereotypes, the national identity, the authentic, the popular, and the joining of tradition and avant-garde are interwoven. Not many works have had such an impact on the spreading of the Spanish dance beyond its borders, of Picasso’s aesthetic innovations where his paintings had never been shown before, of Falla’s music, which has been played and versioned over and over again, being submitted to a constant process of resignification.

Therefore, this international conference proposes celebrating the centenary of this milestone which allowed the convergence of so many prominent Spanish and international artists, studying its world impact and assessing its contributions in dance, music, visual arts and literature.
With all these objectives, this scientific meeting is settled from an interdisciplinary perspective, which gathers the most recent research in dance history, musicology, history of art and philology, but also in other related areas, like sociology, philosophy, anthropology, communication, fashion, etc.

Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics: – Analysis of different aspects in choreography, musical language, scenography, costume design, and libretto of the original The Three-Cornered Hat version of 1919. – Study of the impact and critical fortune that The Three-Cornered Hat had in the different places where it has been performed. – Convergence of the work with other artistic international movements in the same historical and cultural context. – Analysis of the different The Three-Cornered Hat versions up to the present. – Influence of The Three Cornered Hat in the 20th and 21st centuries. – Spanishness in The Three-Cornered Hat and its derivations.

PAPER PROPOSALS The oral presentations will have a duration of 15 minutes. Papers will be admitted in Spanish, English and French. For submitting a proposal, an abstract of a maximum of 2,000 characters and a brief CV are to be submitted to before 1st March 2019. The selection of papers by the Scientific Committee will be communicated by mail and will be considered for publication.


Juan Aguilera Sastre (IES Inventor Cosme García, Logroño)
Antonio Álvarez Cañibano (Centro de Documentación de Música y Danza – INAEM)
Miguel Cabañas Bravo (Instituto de Historia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) Eugenio Carmona (Universidad de Málaga)
Emilio Casares Rodicio (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Michael Christoforidis (University of Melbourne)
Chris Collins (Bangor University)
Lynn Garafola (Columbia University, Nueva York)
Mª Luz González Peña (Archivo SGAE)
Carol A. Hess (University of California Davis)
Beatriz Martínez del Fresno (Universidad de Oviedo)
Elna Matamoros Ocaña (Compañía Nacional de Danza)
Antonio Najarro (Ballet Nacional de España)
Yvan Nommick (Université Paul-Valéry de Montpellier III)
Emilio Peral Vega (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Gemma Pérez Zalduondo (Universidad de Granada)

INFORMATION All the questions should be sent to: Web:

Organisation: Fundación Archivo Manuel de Falla/Universidad de Granada/Universidad Complutense de Madrid/Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Collaboration: Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada/Acción Cultural Española/Ayuntamiento de Granada/Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte-INAEM