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Fri, June 18 @ 7:30 pm
One event on Sat, June 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on Sun, June 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Zafiro Flamenco Festival – 45th Anniversary
Rain Date: Mon, 6/21 at 7:30pm
Fri, 6/18 at 7:30pm; Sat, 6/19 at 7:30pm;
Sun, 6/20 at 7:30pm PERFORMANCE MOVED INSIDE CENTER THEATRE
This Chicago-based organization out of Northeastern Illinois University has performed every June at the North Shore Center for over twenty years. This year, Ensemble Español’s dancers combine with special guest artists and musicians to move their passionate concerts out back to perform a suite of Flamenco dances featuring new company world premieres and audience favorites.
Come Early for Special Pre-Show Festivities
Feria (Spanish Fair)
Dance Sevillanas, enjoy shopping for Spanish fans, castanets, face picture painting, purchase tapas and sangria, and more!
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Youth Company will perform Sevillanas dance. Learn Flamenco songs and dances from Andalucia
with principal dancer, Crystal Ruiz and musicians, Patricia Ortega, singer and David Chiriboga, guitarist.
Zaphiro Flamenco 45th Anniversary Festival Performance
The program will feature the world premiere of “Tangos de Granada,” choreographed by Wendy Clinard, Artistic Director, Clinard Dance; previews of Ensemble Español Company works “Martinete,” and “Jaleos” Bulerias, choreographed by Nino de los Reyes, the first dancer to ever win a Grammy; and world premieres of solo works “Farruca,” and “Solea” choreographed and performed de los Reyes. Other guest artists include singer/guitarist Paco Fonta (Jaen/Miami); singer, percussionist, dancer and guitarist José Mareno (Madrid, Malaga, New York); singer Patricia Ortega (Cuba/Chicago); guitarist David Chiriboga (Ecuador/Chicago)
The Zaphiro Flamenco 45th Anniversary Festival is dedicated to two beloved supporters and friends of Ensemble Español who passed away this past year: Dr. Miguel Suarez, former Ensemble Español Executive Board Member, ambassador and father of Ensemble Español Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz; and choreographer and dancer, José Barrios. Barrios’ “Algazara” (2013) will be performed by the company in his memory. A mix of audience favorites from Ensemble Español’s repertoire, including “Zapateado (1976) choreographed by company founder Dame Libby Komaiko, complete the program.