Win tickets to Las Guitarras de España and El Payo Concert

8:30 PM



Las Guitarras de España and El Payo return to Mayne Stage performing Flamenco rumbas, tangos and even a Sevillana or two for you to dance too! Flamenco dancer, Chiara Mangiameli, owner of Studio Mangiameli, will offer some free basic flamenco dance instruction at 8:30PM. Cellist, Ian Maksin will also be a featured soloist for the evening.

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Video of Ensemble Español performance at Flamenco Passion show 2011

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend the Ensemble Español’s Flamenco Passion gala show in honor of the company’s 35th anniversary. What a feast to my eyes and ears! For more than two hours the company’s dancers and musicians performed  with such passion and love for their art that I lost track of time and submerged myself fully into the flamenco experience. I found myself clapping, stomping, and dancing in my seat. Beautiful costumes and multimedia effects helped make this experience as memorable as when I saw a live flamenco performance for the first time.  I remember having tears in my eyes on that occasion because I felt a deep connection with the spirit of this dance. At a very intuitive level,  I sensed  Flamenco’s origins rooted in poverty, despair and discrimination, and at the same time in a quest for  survival, dignity, and joy for living. I think it is that courage to enjoy life despite adversity what attracts me the most about this dance. And that joy for living was successfully portrayed by the Ensemble during a piece called Alegrias y Jaleos (Happiness and Shouts of Joy). Here is the video for your enjoyment. And next Summer, please make sure to attend this show. It is well worth it.

June 24-26: Ensemble Espanol caps 35th American Spanish Dance and Music Festival with Flamenco Passion gala performances

Whoever is interested in Flamenco and lives in Chicago has heard of The Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater. For 35 years,  this company of forty dancers, singers, and musicians led by artistic Director Dame Libby Komaiko, has been presenting and promoting Spanish dance and culture in all its forms. To celebrate this big accomplishment, the company is  presenting a series of  “Flamenco Passion” gala performances that will take place at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL 60077. Live music for “Flamenco Passion”gala performances will be performed by guest musicians Manuel Palacín (Flamenco singer, National Ballet of Spain, Madrid); Paco Fonta (Flamenco singer and guitarist, Jáen/Miami) and Antonio Gabarri Jiménez (Flamenco guitarist, Madrid).  Performances are Friday, June 24 and Saturday June 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $26-$46. Free parking is available. .On Saturday, June 25 there will be a special “Meet the Artists” benefit reception immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance in the lobby of the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. The reception will provide an opportunity to meet and greet Dame Libby Komaiko, Irma Suarez Ruiz, company dancers and guest artists. Spanish tapas by Café Marbella will be served along with wine, music & silent auction. Tickets are $60 and include entrance to the “Flamenco Passion” Saturday, 7:30 p.m. concert. For tickets or more information call 847-673-6300 or visit

Here is a sample of what you will see at this show. This style of Flamenco is called “Alegrias“, one of my favorite styles, specially when it is danced with the Bata de Cola. Ole!

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