Artist / Program Description
The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is the premier Spanish dance company in the United States to have in-residence status at a university (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago). The Ensemble is chartered to share the rich traditions of the dance, music, literature, and culture of Spain in the classical, folkloric, and flamenco styles, with all our communities. The company, founded in 1976 by artistic director Dame Libby Komaiko, is comprised of forty dancers, singers, and musicians representing a mosaic of cultures from around the world. Dame Libby 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 USA.
The Ensemble appears in a broad-range of television, opera, and symphonic formats, including with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and works in cultural and educational arts programs. It is praised by educators, the art world, journalists, and American and Hispanic world governments. Their repertoire of 115 works (Spanish ballets, folkloric suites, and flamenco dramas) exemplifies the Ensemble's dedication to its cultural and artistic mission.
Flamenco Passion: Family concerts.
Concierto Navideño: Family holiday programs.
Tales of Spain: Multimedia concerts for grade and high school students.
Hispanic Heritage Month : family programs.