Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater presents Holiday Concert/Concierto Navideño at the Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Auditorium, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The performances, featuring the full adult company and youth companies; José Barrios, guest Flamenco artist from Cordoba, Spain; U.S. guest soprano, Erica Rose Sauder and tenor Edgar Ricaud Saldivar, are part of the company’s year-long salute to founder Dame Libby Komaiko who passed away earlier this year.
The program will include three world premieres choreographed by Carlos Rodriguez (“La Noche Sagrada,” “Solares,” Duende del Viento), whose two more recent works for Ensemble Español include "DeFalla, Out of the Box" (2017) and "Mar de Fuego" (2018); a U.S. Premiere, by Barrios (“Praecisus Umbilicus: Alegrias-Vidalita”); and popular selections from the company’s repertoire including Komaiko’s “Romance de Triana” and “La Era Romántica;” “El Baile de Luis Alonso,” choreographed by Ensemble Español Artistic Director Irma Suárez Ruiz; “Madrileño” choreographed by Ruiz (section 1 & 2) and Barcelona’s Paco Alonso, (section 3); “Danza del Molinero” choreographed by Antonio De Lucena and staged by Ensemble Español First Dancer José Torres; “Nuevamente Vivir (Live Again)” by former former principal of the National Ballet of Spain,Paloma Gómez; and “Horizonte (Horizon)” choreographed and performed by Principal Dancer Monica Saucedo in dedication to Ensemble’s late founder, Komaiko. More information about the works is featured in an addendum to this release.
Performance tickets for the Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 performance are $20-$30 (Seniors/Student $5 off with valid ID); $15 (Children under 12). For tickets or more information visit: EnsembleEspanol.org or call 773.442.4636.
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Ensemble Español Presenting Holiday Concert/Concierto Navideño at Northeastern