“An ensemble of extraordinarily beautiful, passionate, superbly skilled dancers” (Chicago Sun-Times). Following their triumphant performances in Spain in 2016 and their fiery 40th anniversary finale at the Auditorium Theatre last fall, Ensemble Español returns to the Auditorium to open the 2017-18 “Made in Chicago” Dance Series. The company’s new program brilliantly blends flamenco, classical, contemporary, and traditional forms of dance, and features the piece Defalla, Fuera de la Caja (Defalla, Out of the Box), Angel Rojas’ contemporary take on part of the classic ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (first performed at the Auditorium Theatre in the 1930s by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), set to the music of La Vida Breve (The Brief Life) by Manuel de Falla. The program also includes audience favorites Iroko, choreographed by Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez (of the Nuevo Ballet Madrid), and Founder Dame Libby Komaiko’s 1983 piece Ecos de España, as well as Komaiko’s celebrated signature work Bolero. See the company the Chicago Tribune calls “exciting, sensual, and breathtaking.”
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.