Carmen Cavaller Ruiz

Barcelona on 11 March 1947.

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Barcelona on 11 March 1947.

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Barcelona on 11 March 1947.


Carmen Cavaller Ruiz

Barcelona on 11 March 1947.

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She first studied ballet with teacher Alicia Calado and went on to do her Advanced Ballet studies at the Barcelona Theatre Institute and Joan Magrinya’s Studio.


1966-1970. Member of the corps de ballet at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

1967. Premiered Banfield’s ballet Le Combat.
She appeared in the American ballet film Dr. Coppelius.

1968. Took part in the Festivales de España ’68 touring a number of Spanish cities.
Premiered J. Guinjoan’s ballet Els Cinc Continents at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

1969. Member of the ballet Cuarteto Español directed by Fernando Lizundia and Àngels Aguade.

1969 -1972. Appeared in the opera season at the ABAO theatre in Bilbao and the Campoamor theatre in Oviedo.

1970. Member of the National Ballet in the Festivales de España in Antologia de la Zarzuela in Jose Tamayo’s company, directed by Aurora Pons.

1970-1975. Soloist at the Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, performing in ballets including the following:

  • Le Combat by Banfield.
  • Els Cinc Continents by J. Guinjoan.
  • El Pierrot by Prats Trián.
  • A Temps Romàntic by E. Granados.
  • El Sombrero de tres Picos by M De Falla.
  • El Amor Brujo by M. De Falla.
  • La Vida Breve by M. De Falla.
  • La Noche Buena del Diablo by O. Esplá.
  • Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.
  • Los Tapices de Goya by Albeniz, Granados and Alonso.
  • Les Sylphides by Chopin.

1971. Commemoration of the centenary of Amadeu Vives with Doña Francisquita.

1973. Married lead male ballet dancer Alfons Rovira Albero.

1974. Appeared in the premieres of the ballets Rossio (Suite Vivesa) and Ensayo coreografia by Alfons Rovira with music by the young composer Diego Monjo.
Performances in Trieste, Italy, at the Giuseppe Verdi Comunale Theatre with the Gran Teatre del Liceu ballet company.

1975. With her husband Alfons Rovira she moved to West Germany Gelsenkirchen to join the Stad Musiktheater as soloist.

1975-1983. During her time in Germany she performed in ballets including the following:

  • Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev.
  • Die Harmonie der Welt by Hindemith.
  • Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov.
  • The Four Seasons by Vivaldi.
  • Winterreise by Schubert.
  • El Adagio by Albinoni.
  • Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky.
  • Medea by J. Whitman-Stockhausen.
  • Carmen by Bizet.
  • Bolero by Ravel.
  • Hamlet by Nicoli Tscherwinky.
  • Die Vier Temperamente by P. Hindemith.
  • Alborada del Gracioso by M. Ravel.

1978. Danced the ballet The Wonderful Mandarin by B. Bartok in the lead role and directed by choreographer Zoltan Imre.
She also had leading roles in the ballets, Hamlet, Fantasia, Scheherazade, Adagio de Aranjuez, Medea, etc.
Performances in a number of German cities: Düsseldorf, Cologne, Kalsruhe, Hamburg, Essen, Wupertal, Hannover, Kassel, Frankfurt, Mannhaim, Münster, Dortmund, Bochum, etc.

1982. Took the lead role in the premiere of a ballet for children commissioned by the Musitheater (Gelsenkirchen). Choreography and idea by Alfonso Rovira based on the tale “La Rateta que escombrava l’escaleta” with music by I. Stravinsky and adapted to the time of Molière. She also participated with the tale “El maravilloso mundo de los gnomos” choreographed and directed by Alfonso Rovira.

1983. Returned to Barcelona, where she opened a School of Dance with her husband.

1992. Was part of the Berta Vallribera choreographic group in the “Prelude” and “Colour Transformation” scenes in the big ceremony held for the first time at the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games.

1994. Attended an International Festival (21 countries), the Jürgen-Kultur-Festival in Germany, for the first time as a choreographer and director of a dance group and where she ran workshops on Spanish dance.

1994. International Conference on Youth against drugs in Bologna (Italy).

1995. Registered as a director in the “Associació de Dansa Aldebaran”.
International Conference (12 countries) against racism and xenophobia in Berlin (Germany).
Was a member of the “ACADÈMIA DEI DANZA ESTIVA” at the Navi Cattolica (Italy) where she ran a workshop on Spanish dance. Gregory Jones (USA) and Francisco L. Correa da Silva (Brazil) also took part.
She also presented the choreography against drugs entitled “No Thanks” that was extremely well received in the Italian press due to its positive message.

1996. Participation in various choreographies in the Grand Gala at the Musitheater theatre Gelsenkirchen, Germany marking the 40th anniversary of the German Deutsche Schreberjugent group, which is also part of the international youth movement.

1996. She premiered the choreography of the ballet “L’ORATGIA” in collaboration with composer Antonio de Villasante and with a script by Jordi-Enric Pàmies. (January 1996).


1968-1975. Teacher at Joan Magrinya’s School.

1975-1983. Taught ballet and Spanish dance during her time in Germany.

1983-1991. Director and teacher at the Carme Cavaller Dance Centre.


Her biography appears in the book History of Dance in Catalonia.

People with whom I work

Uwe Mund, Gerardo Pérez Busquier, Adrián Sardo, García Asensio, Romano Gandolfi.

Joan Magrinya, Aurora Pons, Carlos Orta, J. Sansinanea, Zoltan Imre, Bernd Schindowsky, Alfons Rovira.

Alicia Calado, Madame Elsa, Joan Magrinya, Charo Contreras, J. Granero, Haideé Caicho.

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