University Park, IL–(ENEWSPF)–January 28, 2016 – For one night only on Saturday, February 6, GSU’s Center for Performing Arts will feature three styles of Spanish Dance in a celebration of Ensemble Español’s 40th Anniversary. The Chicago-based company uses Maurice Ravel’s most popular “Bolero” and the work of contemporary choreographer, RON DE JESÚS in “Mil Clavos,” or one thousand nails, to bring flamenco, folkloric and classical styles to life. This performance features principal dancers Claudia Pizarro and Jose Torres and company dancers Juan Carlos Castellon and Monica Saucedo.
Chicago patrons will recognize Ron’s work from 17 years as a leading dancer with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, his choreographic work on many award winning performances, his part in the original cast of the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel musical “Movin’ Out” and the artistic creative team for Tharp’s Frank Sinatra “Come Fly Away” Broadway show.
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater was Founded in 1975 by artistic director, Dame Libby Komaiko. She was the first American artist in history to be decorated with Spain’s highest honor, “Lazo de Dama,” by the King of Spain for her artistic, cultural, and educational work throughout the United States.
“We are thrilled to bring this award-winning company to the Center and Chicago Southland for the very first time, thanks to the generosity of The Chicago Community Trust and First Midwest Bank.” says Director Lana Rogachevskaya. “We aim to put on more than just a show, but instead to give our patrons an experience that resonates culturally and artistically. Ensemble Español’s presentations of classic pieces in multiple styles, their virtuosity, use of up-and-coming choreographers, and their heart for education, delivers an experience that is breathtaking and immensely impactful.”
The performance which starts at 8p.m. is preceded by a pre-show welcome reception for ticketholders, featuring a sampling of regional appetizers and a behind-the-scenes look with artistic leader, Ms. Irma Suarez Ruiz. Ensemble dancers and musicians will present and brief preview of the Flamenco style of the program, accompanied by a flamenco guitarist. A cash bar will be available.
For Tickets and Information
A Night of Spanish Dance — 8 p.m.
Tickets: $28, includes a sampling of regional food pre-show at 6:30 p.m.
By Phone: 708.235.2222
In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL
Box Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6p.m. on Thursdays) & 2 hours prior to all performances
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This performance is part of the Center’s “Made in Chicago” Series, which brings Chicago-based theatre, dance, and musical ensemble companies to the Southland. Both The Chicago Community Trust and First Midwest Bank generously support this production. Made in Chicago Series was designed to support Chicago artists and increase theater participation by first-time attendees, many who live in communities with little or no access to the arts.
The next performance in the series is Sweet Home Chicago Blues on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m.