Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 7:30pm
Lund Auditorium
Tickets starting at $20

Experience the outstanding artistry of the premiere Spanish dance company, Ensemble Español! The April 23 program includes the critically acclaimed "Danza del Fuego" (Dance of Fire) choreographed by the Ensemble's founder, Dame Libby Komaiko, to the music of Ruiz de Luna in the Neo-Clasical (Flamenco and Classical) styles. The program also features the Flamenco full company work "No Me Olvides" (No Not Forget Me) by artistic director, Irma Suarez Ruiz along with her full company classical work, "Balle de Luis Alonso" (Dance of Luis Alonso) to the music of Geronimo Gimenez. Other highlights of the program include "Al Golpe" (To the Beat) adn "Ritmo de la Tierra" (Rhythm of the Earth) choreographed by Nino de los Reyes, the first dancer to ever win a Grammy. 

Musical guest artists performing in the program include Flamenco singer/guitarist Paco Fonta (Jaen/Miami); singer, guitarist and percussionist José Moreno (Madrid, Malaga, New York); Flamenco guitarist David Chiriboga (Ecuador/Chicago); classical guitarist Brian Torosian (Chicago) and tenor Luis Galvez (Peru).

"The dancers of Ensemble Espanol (accompanied in many works by five sensational musicians) never fail to demonstrate a grand theatricality, precision-tooled technique and flamenco-based fire." — Hedy Weiss, Chicago Tonight

"Awe-inspiring, passionate and energetic Spanish dancing...exceptional" — Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune and See Chicago Dance

"Wowed the audience...Amazing" — Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Ensemble Español, founded in 1976 by artistic director Dame Libby Komaiko, is the premiere Spanish dance company and center in the U.S. with a professional and unique residency at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. Under the artistic direction of Irma Suarez Ruiz and executive leadership of Jorge Perez, company successors, the Ensemble continues its mission of preservation, presentation and promotion of Spanish dance and culture which also includes the exploration of the country’s history in the; Flamenco, Folkloric, Classical and Escuela Bolera styles and identifies its influence on Latin American art and dance in both traditional and contemporary formats. They forge ahead as the leaders in Spanish dance and culture with a commitment to our communities, via performances, education, school residencies, academic university programs, festivals and tours. They remain committed to their roots in education and mission of educational, artistic, and social development. Their incredibly rich history includes; serving over 30,000 students annually, training over 90 company dancers, training over 160 Youth Company dancers from ages 12 to 18, over 90 international guest artists and musicians from Spain and the Americas, over 2,600 scholarships awarded to talented aspiring dancers, musicians and educators, tours and residencies of U.S., including Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Poland, Australia, Canada, China and Spain. For more information, visit EnsembleEspanol.org