Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

". . . exciting, sensual, and breathtaking ensemble dancing" - Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune 

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Photo Credit Joe Davis

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater lives up to its name, beguiling the crowd with quicksilver choreography steeped in an atmosphere of romance...the Chicago-based company transcends geographic boundaries to get to the essence of what dance is all about: emotion in motion. Indeed, seldom has the beauty of the art form been more powerfully displayed than it was on Saturday evening at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center... The evening culminated in "Bolero," set to the famously sensuous Ravel composition and choreographed by the company's founder, Dame Libby Komaiko. This was ensemble work at its most transcendent,not just a stage picture, but one bursting with life.
St Louis Post Dispatch Jan 2012
Dame Libby is ˜an Original" and her Ensemble Español is a Miracle!
Dance Magazine
This world-class company and its roster of guest artists never ceases to bedazzle its audiences with the variety, precision, beauty and heat of its performances. You would be hard-pressed to find the breadth and range and sheer brilliance of dance -- from folkloric to flamenco to balletic riffs. Ole!
Hedy Weiss, CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 2010

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Dame Libby Komaiko, Founder & Artistic Director and Irma Suarez Ruiz, Associate Artistic Director. Now celebrating their 38th Anniversary season in residency at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

Flamenco Passion is their lavish two hour concert of original Spanish Classical ballets, folkloric suites, and fiery Flamenco dramas from a repertoire of over 125 choreographies.   In addition, the Ensemble performs Spain's Dancing Rhythms a traveling program for community residencies and smaller venues, Tales of Spain multi-media lecture concert series for grade & high school children, and Concierto Navideno (Christmas Concert). Ensemble Espanol also appears with opera, chamber ensembles and orchestras and tours throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico & Hawaii, and has performed on four continents in the countries of Mexico, Costa Rica, Poland, Australia, and most recently China.

The Ensemble's extraordinary repertoire contains original work by Dame Libby Komaiko, Edo, Maria Alba, Victorio Korjhan, Roberto Lorca and Spain’s legendary dancers and choreographers Juan Mata & Ana Gonzalez, founding members and former first dancers of the National Ballet of Spain. Works by Timo Lozano, Edo, Paco Alonso, folkloric authority Juanjo Linares,and Flamenco master Manolete all exemplify the Ensemble’s dedication to its cultural and artistic mission. Dame Libby Komaiko was the first American artist in history to be decorated with Spain's highest honor- "Lazo de Dama" "Ribbon of the Dame" by the King of Spain for her artistic, cultural and educational work throughout the United States.

"...a huge success.  3000 people over three performances...so many standing ovations that if the curtain had not finally dropped the audience would still be applauding."  Michael Uthoff, Dance St. Louis