Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
"...undeniable sensuality...I thought my heart would fly out of my chest when the six dancers performed
Timo Lozano's RITMOS DEL FLAMENCO." —Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater is Chicago’s world-class professional Spanish dance company under the dynamic leadership of Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, Dame Libby Komaiko, and successors Artistic Director Irma Suarez Ruiz and Executive Director Jorge Perez.
Ensemble Español presents performances and residencies in all aspects of Spanish culture—dance, music, visual arts, theater, classes, workshops. The company offers two touring options: a chamber size group of 8 dancers and 2-4 musicians or its Flamenco Passion Extravaganza with 20-25 dancers and 4-8 musicians. Their lavish concerts of original Spanish Classical ballets, folkloric suites, and fiery Flamenco dramas draw from a repertoire of over 125 works. In addition, the Ensemble performs Tales of Spain, a multi-media lecture concert series for grade school and high school students, and for the holidays Concierto Navideno.
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. Ensemble Español's mission is the presentation, preservation and promotion of classical, folkloric, flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain. The company also appears with opera, chamber ensembles and orchestras and tours throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and has toured to Mexico, Costa Rica, Poland, Australia and China.