Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater brings FLAMENCO PASSION to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, presents its popular “Flamenco Passion” performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 June and Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. These performances will crown the company’s multi-faceted 46th Latin American Dance and Music Festival (June 8-19). For more information, visit ensembleflamencopassion.org.
“After two years of managing difficult COVID protocols, we are thrilled to once again be able to present a strong roster of dance and music guest artists. Five of these dance and music guests are joining us for the first time. They include international artists Buika, a Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish-born singer, poet, composer and music producer whose range of influences spans from jazz and flamenco to pop, soul and African polyrhythm, and award-winning flamenco choreographer/performer La Lupi from Malaga, Spain Flamenco fans will have the opportunity to get to know La Lupi and Buika up close through our new symposium before discovering their art on stage. ” Diego “El Negro” Alvarez (percussionist), Santiago Cañada Valverde (trombonist) and Curro de Maria (guitarist and composer) also join us.“It’s always a pleasure to work with our partners, Northeastern Illinois University, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Old Town School of Folk Music, Clinard Dance Theater and Dovetail Studios,” says Irma Suarez Ruiz, artistic director of Ensemble Español and Jorge Perez, executive and associate artistic director. “They provide the environment for our amazing and talented dancers to help us show our work in the best light even during this pandemic, helping us stay connected by doing what we do best, dance, dance, dance! We are looking forward to meeting our audience again in person on stage and in the lobby after the performances.” style) of La Lupi. She will also perform the Chicago premiere of her works “Juanaca” (flamenco cantiñas style) and “Airoso Fleco” (Taranto style). Also on the program: the Chicago premiere of “La Resonancia del Alma” (Resonance of the Soul) performed and choreographed by José Moreno. Popular works from the Ensemble Español’s repertoire will complete the program and include the dramatic excerpt “Dualia”, by Carlos Rodriguez, from the Ensemble’s “Mar de Fuego”, the contemporary flamenco ballet, the classical suite “El Baile de Luis Alonso” by Ruiz and the folk music suite “Alma de Aragon” by Paco Alonso with guest tenor, Luis Galvez.The complete list of musical artists invited to the program: Buika, singer/poet/composer (Spain/Miami); Diego “El Negro” Alvarez, percussionist (Venezuela/California); Luiz Galvez, tenor (Peru/Chicago); Santiago Cañada Valverde, trombonist (Madrid); Curro de Maria, flamenco guitarist and composer (Malaga); Paco Fonta, flamenco singer/guitarist (Jaen/Miami); José Moreno singer, guitarist and percussionist, dancer, singer (Madrid, Malaga, New York), and David Chiriboga, Flamenco guitarist (Ecuador/Chicago).
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, presents Flamenco Passion 2022 performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, and 3 pm on Sunday, June 19. Tickets cost between $20 and $50 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit northshorecenter.org/ee/ or call 847.673.6300.
Note: On Friday, June 17, there will be a Meet the Artists Pre-Opening VIP Reception at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts on the 2nd floor. Tickets are $65. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit northshorecenter.org/ee/ or call 847.673.6300.
Special Events Related to the Hispanic American Dance and Music Festival
“Flamenco Passion” performances are part of the American Spanish Dance and Music Festival which also offers these related events:Kick-off of the flamenco concert Duende
8:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 8
At the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Part of the Old Town School of Folk Music World Music Series features performances by La Lupi, Curro de Maria, Paco Fonta, José Moreno and David Chiriboga.For tickets or more information visit ensembleflamencopassion.org/concerts.Premiere of the Symposium: The Black and Brown Roots of Spanish Dance
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, June 14: African American Experience
Symposium with La Lupi; Panel discussion with Dr. Gloria Gibson, Yinka Esi Graves, Diego “El Negro” Alvarez and Michelangelo Rosales
10am-3pm, Thursday, June 16: Puerto Rican American Experience
Symposium with Dr. K. Meira Goldberg; Round table with Omar Torres-Kortright, Jorge Perez and Tito Rodriguez
10am-3pm, Friday June 17: Caribbean & South America Experience
Symposium with Buika and Diego “El Negro” Alvarez; Round table with Patricia Ortega and Don Rossi Nuccio.
All events are held at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis, Chicago. To register and for more information, visit ensembleflamencopassion.org/symposium or email [email protected].Festival Spanish Dance Class at Northeastern Illinois University Dance Studios
5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, Building J
From Friday 10 June to Friday 17 June
With guest artists La Lupi, José Moreno, Briseyda Zarate, Elisabet Torras and Claudia Moreno. The courses range from beginner to professional level. To register or for more information, visit ensembleflamencopassion.org.Flamenco Guitar and Percussion Lessons at Northeastern University Dance Studios
5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, Building J
From Tuesday 14 June to Thursday 16 June
With guest artists, guitarist Curro de Maria and percussionist Diego “El Negro” Alvarez. The courses range from beginner to professional level. To register or for more information, visit ensembleflamencopassion.org.About Ensemble Español Spanish Dance TheaterEnsemble Español is a non-profit arts organization. As with many artists and arts organizations around the world, the impact of the COVID-19 virus is creating a significant financial challenge for the business. For more information, ensembleespanol.org.Ensemble Español, founded in 1976 by artistic director Dame Libby Komaiko (1949-2019), is the premier Spanish dance company and center in the United States with a professional and unique residency at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. Under the artistic direction of Irma Suarez Ruiz and the executive direction of Jorge Perez, successors to the company, the Ensemble pursues its mission of preserving, presenting and promoting Spanish dance and culture which also includes exploring of the country’s history in the; Flamenco, Folk, Classical and Escuela Bolera and identifies its influence on Latin American art and dance in both traditional and contemporary formats. They move forward as leaders of Spanish dance and culture with a commitment to our communities, through performances, education, school residences, university college programs, festivals and local, national tours and international. They remain committed to their roots in education and their mission of educational, artistic and social development. Their incredibly rich history includes serving over 30,000 students a year, training over 90 company dancers, training over 160 youth company dancers ages 12-18, over 90 performers and international guest musicians from Spain and the Americas, more than 2,600 scholarships awarded to talented budding dancers. , musicians and educators, tours and residencies in the United States, including Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Poland, Australia, Canada, China and Spain. For more information ensembleespanol.org.