Maria Pagés was born in Sevilla. She is internationally renowned for her personal aesthetic concept of the art of flamenco. Comprehending that Art has no limits, she has conquered a place in her own right in the global dance panorama. Using the fundamental codes of the Flamenco language, researching within and beyond this language, Pagés has proved to be a pioneer in the understanding of Flamenco as an Art in evolution, contemporary and alive. She has overcome cultural differences in her choreographies, convinced that artistic interchange favors better understanding between human beings. In her own words, Flamenco is a clear example of how the union of cultures and religions, can create a common echo.
She started her professional career in the Antonio Gades Company. Highlights of her movie collaborations are her participation in Carmen, El Amor Brujo and Flamenco, all choregraphed by Antonio Gades and directed by Carlos Saura.
Acknowledgements received by María Pagés: National Prize for Dance, 2002 (for Creation); The Gold Medal of the Community of Andalucia; 1996 ADE National Prize for Choreography; Seven Girardillo Prizes, Flamenco Art Biennial (13rd, 15th, 16th and 17th editions); Critic’s Award for Best Performance in the 15th Flamenco Art Bienniale; 2004 Leonide Massine Prize (Italy); 6th Flamenco Hoy Prize, 2005; (for best Interpretation and Show); Cultura Viva Prize, 2006; 2007 Prize for Culture, awarded by the Community of Madrid; 2009 Audience’s Prize in the Jerez Festival; 2011 International Terenci Moix Award; Butaca Prize 2011, for the Best Spanish Theatrical Production; 2012 Audience’s Prize in the Jerez Festival; 2012 ACTÚA PRIZE, AISGE. Medal of merit in the fine arts (2014) ; Santiago world's best dance show (2015).