The Fifth la Bienal is dedicated to baile and the goal is to last longer than its previous editions, starting September the 6th and ending October the 16th 1988, but the programme doesn’t schedule shows for each day. José Luis Ortiz Nuevo is in charge of the Direction again and also premieres his renowned show ‘Las mil y una historias de Pericón de Cádiz’. Rafael Alberti signs an evocative poster.
Javier Barón wins the II Giraldillo de Baile. Besides, the Torre de Don Fadrique hosts a contest for young artists, Concurso de Jóvenes, that is won by Lalo Tejada. It’s in this place that María Pagés is discovered as a soloist and Milagros Mengíbar’s art is consecrated. Gualberto and the Orquesta Bética de Sevilla, José Romero, Matilde Coral, Carmen Linares, Yoko Komatsubara, Manolete with Manuela Carrasco and Manuel Morao perform at the Real Alcázar, while Lope de Vega hosts Ricardo Miño, Pepa Montes and Ayako Sakamoto, Salvador Távora’s ‘Alhucema’, Antonio Canales and Esperanza Fernández’s ‘La Amante’, the ‘Carmen’ created by Antonio Gades, ‘Los Tarantos’ by the Ballet Nacional de España under the direction of José Antonio y Mario Maya’s ‘Tiempo, Amor y Muerte’. La Bienal closes this edition with the Giraldillos Calixto Sánchez, Manolo Franco and Chocolate accompanied by Cristina Hoyos.