Ensemble Espanol Heats Up the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts in Skokie With “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow” Performances June 16-18

Three World Premieres by Madrid’s Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez
Featured in Exciting Program Celebrating the Company’s Past, Present and Future


CHICAGO, IL
 – Ensemble Español’s popular live dance and music performances return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, with “Raices – Yesterday is Tomorrow,” June 16-18. These performances are part of the company’s 2017 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, June 7-24. The Festival, now in its 41st year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture. For more information, visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

The “Raices” performances, a successor to the popular annual “Flamenco Passion” performances, will feature more than 40 dancers, musicians including guest artists in a fusion of classical, folklore, traditional, contemporary and Flamenco styles. A highlight of the this year’s program will be the work of  Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, artistic directors of Nuevo Ballet Madrid, whose premiere of “Iroko” last year was an audience favorite that also garnered critical acclaim. Between Rojas and Rodriguez, they bring three world premieres to this year’s program: Rojas’ “Defalla, Fuera de la Caja,” performed by the Company; and Rodriquez’s “Redobles” and “Euforia,” performed by the Company and Rodriguez respectively.

The exciting program will also include popular works from Ensemble Español’s repertoire including Paco Alonso’s “Madrileno” (1989); “Reina Gitana” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Claudia Pizarro; “La Liebre” (2015) choreographed by Ensemble Español First Dancer Jose Torres; “Rendicion,” choreographed by Ensemble Español Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz; and  “Zapateado” (1976) and “Danza del Fuego” (1979), choreographed by Company Founder Dame Libby Komaiko.

On Sunday, June 18 only, Carmela Greco, a traditional audience favorite and daughter of Flamenco legend Jose Greco, will perform her work “Cordoba” (2012). Other guest artists participating in the “Raices” performances include musicians David Chiriboga (guitar), Paco Fonta (guitar/vocals), Luis Galvez (tenor) Sasha Gerritson (soprano), Javier Rosario Montoya (piano), Patricia Ortega (vocalist) Javier Saume-Mazzei (percussion).

“In our 41st year Ensemble Español’ is in the advantageous position of having a wealth of established works in our repertoire to draw from, and a bounty of sources from within our company and the global dance community to draw on for new works.  We owe our thanks to our loyal patrons, dancers, staff, board, parents and advisory committees and our home, Northeastern Illinois University, for helping us get to this grand position. But most of all, we are thankful to our Founder, Dame Libby for creating the Company. We see the “Raices” performances as a reflection of her vision then, now and for the years to come,” says Artistic Director Suárez Ruiz.


For more information about Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and Center visit EnsembleEspanol.org.