Review: Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre at The Auditorium Theatre (October 16, 2021)

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre is celebrating their 45th anniversary with this performance tonight. Also, this is the first show to take place at the Auditorium Theatre since the pandemic shutdown. The evening consisted of 2 acts, each consisting of multiple performances. The performances beautifully highlighted the various components of flamenco along with many other dance styles. They consisted of music, dance, and storytelling. The evening also included a special dedication to the late and beloved founder of Ensemble Español, Dame Libby Komaiko. Below you will find a sample of tonight’s performances.

Pasion Oculta (Hidden Passion)

Music: “Requiem for a Tower” and “Palladio” by Escala

This modern piece portrays the hidden passions of love and desire set to modern music. Film fans may recognize the first musical choice as the theme from Requiem From a Dream. It’s a hauntingly beautiful track that fits in well with the intense dancing here.

Photo by Dean Paul

Bolero (1993)

Music: Maurice Ravel’s Bolero (1928)

This song is a very popular choice for dance companies to use. It was used by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on this same stage in March 2017. It was also used by Hubbard Street Chicago in June 2018. The song starts off playful and fun with a driving beat that lends itself well to dancing. From there, it slowly builds to a dramatic conclusion. The dancers tonight expertly match the song and transition along with it in their intensity.

Photo by Casey Mitchell

Catch them next on December 18th at their Holiday Concert at Northeastern Illinois University.

Quinn Delaney

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