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Born in Sevilla in 1974, Rafael Campallo beagn his studies at age 11 he with José Galván, later expanding his training with Manolo Marín, with whom he participated in the show A Contratiempo. At the age 16, he was already performing as a soloist and a guest artist in Spain and Japan, and in the Sevillan tablaos Los Gallos and Arenal. In 1992, María Pagés selected him for her show Tango, which premiered at the Bienal de Sevilla. In 1994, he again collaborated with Pagés in the show De la luna al viento, where he shared the bill with Carmen Linares and Rafael Riqueni. Rafael Campallo’s career was definitively consecrated in 1996, the year in which he participated in Por aquí te quiero ver by Manuel Soler and La raíz del grito by Manuela Carrasco. That same season, he joined the Compañía Andaluza de Danza, directed by Mario Maya, with whom he traveled around the world. In 1999 the new director of theCompañía Andaluza de Danza, José Antonio, called Rafael Campallo again as guest choreographer and first dancer for the choreography “Golpes de la vida.” That same year, he won the Desplante Award of the Cante de Las Minas Festival and began to collaborate with guitarist Vicente Amigo. in the XI Bienal de Sevilla, he participates in the show Trilogía with Andrés Marín and El Torombo, with which he makes an extensive tour of Spain, Europe and the United States. In the following edition in 2002, he was invited guest artist in Yo misma by Juana Amaya. In 2004, with his sister Adela Campallo, he presented the show Campallerías at the Festival de Jerez and at the Sala Joaquín Turina in Sevilla. He ended 2004 with the premiere at the XIII Bienal de Sevilla of his own company’s show Don Juan Flamenco. In 2006, he presented the show Generaciones with an incredible cast of artists of all ages such as Merche Esmeralda, Manolo Marín, Javier Barón, and Adela Campallo, touring internationally to resounding success. In 2010, Campallo premiered a tribute his admired teacher Manolo Soler, Al Compás De Soler, at the Bienal de Sevilla. In 2014, he presented Sangre, a performance created and performed with his siblings Adela and Juan, in Mont de Marsan, the XVIII Bienal de Sevilla, and in the Festival de Jerez. In 2016 he formed a trio in with singer Jeromo Segura and guitarist Manuel de la Luz, and returned to the stage of the Bienal de Sevilla with dancers Javier Baron and Alberto Sellés with the show Inmanencia, touring across Spain. Throughout his years of performing, Campallo continued to teach, returning in to be part of the faculty of the Fundación Cristina Heeren while presenting his new show Sin Renuncia in the Jueves Flamencos de la Fundación Cajasol. In 2020 he returned the Bienal de Sevilla with Diálogos del tiempo by the bailaor and choreographer, Fernando Romero. Being one of the most in-demand bailaores, he performed in the tribute to Cristina Hoyos in the IX Flamenco Festival de Sevilla with artists such as Capullo de Jerez, Melchora Ortega, Pedro el Granaíno, Alicia Gil, among others. Accompanied by Juan José Amador, Pechuguita and Jesús Corbacho, he returned in 2022 to the Festival de Jerez with his show Puro, a work where he performed the most traditional flamenco and received great acclaim.
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See Rafael Campallo’s Performance June 28 in
At Festival Flamenco Alburquerque 37!