Luisillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre came to Australia under the banner of the J. C. Williamson organisation on four tours, initially in 1958 and again in 1962, 1967 and 1976. The company toured Australia extensively on each of these occasions.
The company's first Australian tour began at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, on 30 January 1958 with subsequent shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, and Melbourne. The company then toured to Christchurch, New Zealand, before returning to Australia for further performances in Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Brisbane and Sydney. The 1958 Australian tour included performances of Sinfonia Sevillana, Gitanos de la Alpujarra, Polo, El Ciego, Ronda Huertana, Pregones Madrilenos, Nocturno Flamenco, Sonatas, Gigantes y Cabezudos, and Café Flamenco. All works on the program had choreography, lighting and artistic direction attributed to Luisillo.
Dancers who appeared in the first tour included Mercedes Ramos billed as the 'star ballerina', Maria Vivo a principal dancer and singer, Teresa Amaya a 'gypsy dancer', Carmen Aracena, Marino Morijo, Fina Vivo, Jose Altamira, Hernando Monroy, Flor Arauz, Manolo Robles, Antonia Mena, Enrique Cagigal, Pablo Canas, Serafin de Andres a dancer and flamenco guitarist, Francisco-Melendez, and Alicia Fernandez.
The company's second Australian tour of 1962, which saw them occasionally billed as Luisillo y su Teatro de Danza Espanola, included performances in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, a second Melbourne season, Newcastle, before finishing with a second Sydney season. The company travelled on to perform in Wellington, New Zealand. The company performed two programs of works, the first included Sanclucar de Barrameda, Sierra Bermeja, Romance Cordobes, Rias Baixas, Homenaje a la Seguiriya, and Gigantes y Cabezudos. The second program included Sinfonia Sevillana, Trigales de Trebujena, Polo, El Ciego, Ronda Huertana, Pregones Madrilenos, Gran Fandango, and Venta de los Pinares.
In 1967 Luisillo and his Spanish Dance Company retuned to Australia, brought by J. C. Williamson Ltd. and Edgley and Dawe. The company's tour, billed as Festival of Spain, included performances in Bundaberg, Rockhamton, Mackay, Innisfail, Cairns and Townsville, as well as Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. The program for the company included performances of Capricho Espanol, Tu y Yo, Bolero, Fantasia Gallega and Flamenco del Rocio.
The fourth Australian tour in 1976 saw the company perform a series of works, including Evocacion, Nocturno, Requium Para un Terero, Gigantes y Cabezudos, Coreortimos, and Flamenco.
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A extensive collection of programs, flyers, and newspaper clippings for Luisillo and his Spanish Dance Theatre's 1958, 1962, 1967 and 1976 Australian tours. The collection is housed in J.C. Williamson General Programs Box L5.