“A GLOBAL PHENOMENON Ensemble Español, on brink of 40th anniversary,
gears up for ‘Flamenco Passion'” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
Part of the American Spanish Dance and Music Festival!
Four decades after Dame Libby Komaiko created Ensemble Español, the company celebrates this special 40th anniversary during the 2015-2016 season by honoring the past, celebrating the present while securing its future with their newly appointed artistic/administrative successors, Irma Suárez Ruiz, Artistic Director and Jorge Perez, Executive Director.
With a historic and ambitious schedule of high-profile performances and youth outreach programs, the company marks this yearlong celebration by dancing through Illinois, New York, Florida, Vermont, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, and a premiere tour to Spain.
For complete schedule visit: www.EnsembleEspanol.org/concerts
Monica Saucedo, Company Dancer in Bolero Rojas and Rodriguez, Guest Artists
The full company will be featured with critically acclaimed works from their extensive repertoire including BOLERO. The Ensemble will premiere a new flamenco / contemporary ballet, IROKO, with world renowned Spanish dancers and choreographers, Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez. This world premiere, in honor of the company’s 40th anniversary, is funded by The Chicago Community Trust, John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious International Connections Fund and Northeastern Illinois University.
Also joining the company will be Juan Mata and Ana Gonzalez, founding members of the National Ballet of Spain, Carmela Greco, Flamenco master and daughter of the legendary Jose Greco, and Paloma Gomez, former principal of the National Ballet of Spain.