Elvezio Brancaleoni, professionally known as José El Camborio, started his career at the Teatro La Scala in Milan, at a very early age.
Despite he loved classical ballet, he got involved into Spanish dance after attending a performance of Pilar Lopez’s company.
After moving to Spain, he entered Pilar Lopez’s ballet company (and he was renamed into “El Camborio”, because Lopez had seen in him a real gypsy).
El Camborio, a dancer and a choreographer, great artist in the deepest sense of this word, he has been a real lover of all arts: singing, painting, music.
After learning flamenco, he founded the ballet company Ballet Español de Lucia Real y El Camborio with Lucia Real, with whom she has been working all over the world with great success. He has been awarded many times, both in Italy and in Spain.
He has worked with Zeffirelli in Il Trovatore by Verdi and in films such as Callas Forever, and also for the productions of La Traviata at the Fondazione Arturo Toscanini and at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.
He has passed away on 16th April 2009 at the age of 70.
At the Arena di Verona he made his debut in 1990, creating choreographies and ballets for Carmen by Bizet, directed by Jacques Karpò and with Miguel Berrocal as sets and costumes designer; he came back in 1995 once again for Carmen, this time directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and repeated in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002; in 2001 he created choreographies for Il Trovatore, directed by Zeffirelli, repeated in 2002. He was also lead dancer in Carmen in 1990, 1995 and 1996.