Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Ensemble Español’s popular “Flamenco Passion” concerts will make their return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, from June 17-19. These performances are part of the company’s 2016 American Spanish Dance and Music Festival, June 8-25. This annual event, now in its 40th year, features performances, classes, seminars and lectures, showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture.
This year’s “Flamenco Passion” performances feature more than 40 dancers, musicians and guest artists in an array of classical, traditional, contemporary and Flamenco styles. The world premiere of the highly anticipated Iroko, choreographed by world-renowned dancers and choreographers Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez, is a centerpiece of the festival. Named for an African tree, Iroko celebrates the roots and branches of Spanish dance and its relationship to the continents of Europe, Africa and the Americas. This new Flamenco contemporary ballet is composed to original music by Juan Parilla.
These performances, supported by The Chicago Community Trust and the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund, also feature the world premiere of Memorias del Corazon (Memories of the Heart), choreographed by guest artist Paloma Gomez, and popular works from the Ensemble Español’s repertoire, including Gomez’s La Boda de Luis Alonso (2012), Ensemble Español’s artistic director, Irma Suarez Ruiz’s El Baile de Luis Alonso (2010), Juan Mata and Ana Gonzalez’s Alegrias y Jaleos (2006), and Ensemble Español’s founder Dame Libby Komaiko’s masterpiece, Bolero (1993).
For tickets to Flamenco Passion at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie this June, call 847.673.6300 or visit northshorecenter.org.
Carmela Greco, Ensemble Espanol Flamenco Passion guest artist, performing Cinco Tiempos Para Amar Flamenco Siguiriya (photo by Dean Paul).