Guests participate in a live auction at the 2018 Ravinia Associates Board Gala at the Radisson Blue Aqua in Downtown Chicago (photo courtesy of Ranivia Festival).

Ensemble Español Returning with Flamenco Passion in Tribute to Jose Greco's 100th Anniversary

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Ensemble Español’s popular live dance and music performances return to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. with Flamenco Passion: A Tribute to Jose Greco’s 100th Anniversary, June 15-17. These performances are part of the company’s 2018 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, exploring the theme “Jose Greco: An American Immigrant in Spain.” The festival, now in its 42nd year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture.  

The Flamenco Passion performances will feature more than 40 dancers, musicians including guest artists in a fusion of classical, folklore, traditional, contemporary and Flamenco styles. The first half of the program will feature a world premiere ballet by Carlos Rodriguez, Mar de Fuego (Sea of Fire) honoring Dame Libby in the Flamenco contemporary style. The second half of the concert will be a tribute to Jose Greco's 100th birthday directed by former Greco dancer, first dancer and founding member of the National Ballet of Spain, Juan Mata. The tribute will feature all three of Greco’s children who dance: Carmela, Jose and Lola. The occasion will mark the first time since their father’s passing that they are reuniting to perform. 

The performances will also conclude with Ensemble Español's critically acclaimed Bolero, choreographed by founder, Dame Libby Komaiko. 

​Flamenco Passion: A Tribute to Jose Greco’s 100th Anniversary will make its way to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, located at 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie June 15-17.  Tickets are $20-$50 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets and for more information visit northshorecenter.org or call 847.673.6300. These performances are part of the company’s 2018 American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, exploring the theme “Jose Greco: An American Immigrant in Spain.” The festival, now in its 42nd year, features performances, concerts, classes, seminars and lectures showcasing the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture.

​For festival class information and registration (June 18-23), visit EnsembleEspanol.org.

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