In celebration of the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater’s 40th Anniversary, the Ensemble Español and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events proudly present “International Passion: A Panel Discussion” featuring an international roster of leaders in Spanish dance. This free event will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St. Tuesday, June 14 at 12:15 p.m. Advance reservations are not required. This event is part of the 40th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 25. For more information about the event www.ensembleespanol.org, or call Josephine DiCesare at (773) 442-5916.
“International Passion: A Panel Discussion” will explore relationship between Spanish dance and other dance styles, as well as Chicago’s singular place as a home for Spanish dance in the United States. The panel will be comprised of Spanish dancers, choreographers and esteemed artists who have a professional relationship with the Ensemble Español and will include Panelists will include Ana Gonzalez and Juan Mata, Founding Members of the National Ballet of Spain; Carlos Rodriguez, Dancer, Choreographer, Founding Member of Nuevo Ballet Español; and, Paloma Gomez, Dancer, Choreographer, and former Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Spain.
Topics for discussion will include the experiences of working in the United States, how they see Chicago as an important part of maintaining Spanish dance and music traditions, and how cultural exchange helps to preserve traditions at home and in other lands. Welcome remarks will be delivered by Ensemble Español Executive Director Jorge Perez. Dan Duell, founder and artistic director of Ballet Chicago moderates. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.
Modern / Contemporary