“Spanish dance, unlike its counterparts in other concert dance genres, is like fine wine that only improves with age. Ensemble Español proves the point.”“
– Lynn Colburn Shapiro, SeeChicagoDance.com
Part of the American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
June 7 through 24, 2017
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In honor of the 41st Annual American Spanish Dance and Music Festival, Raíces: Yesterday is Tomorrow examines the roots of Spanish dance, and its importance to traditional and contemporary creation. Featuring the revival of the beloved Madrileño from Madrid’s 1850’s era, choreographed for the Ensemble Español by Paco Alonso from Barcelona in 1989. The revival will be restaged with new costume designs by Irma Suárez-Ruíz, artistic director. Joining the suite of Madrileño will be guest soprano, Sasha Gerritson and tenor, Luis Gálvez.
From this viewpoint, Raíces: Yesterday is Tomorrow celebrates the roots of Spanish dance, and its many forms, allowing folklore to have pride of place in this two-week festival of performances and master classes. Participation is planned for master teaching artists, Irma Suárez-Ruíz, Carmela Greco, Carlos Rodríguez of Rojas and Rodríguez, and Omayra Amaya, grandniece of legendary Spanish dancer, Carmen Amaya, who will make connections between Flamenco and folkloric movement. Finally, the company is delighted to announce that its collaboration with Ángel Rojas continues with the premier of his new work, De Falla, Out of the Box. This new version for the Ensemble boldly sheds the image of the Spanish dancer as a distant creative creature, and instead, allows the veil to lift between artist and audience. As Rojas states, “It is time for the audience to see the soul of the dancer, not just the pretty costumes.” Strikingly, the ballet uses Manuel de Falla’s famed La Vida Breve from the Three Cornered Hat ballet, to explore his belief that there are times when the artist and the audience must meet on equal terms, share the same space, and approach each other with less formality.
For a complete festival schedule, visit EnsembleEspanol.org/Festivals
Ensemble Español Dance Theater preserves, promotes, and presents the Flamenco, folkloric, classical, and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain. The company is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, and is considered one of the city’s most dynamic arts organizations.