Just over 35 years ago, a young woman from Texas came to Canada after spending 13 years in Spain perfecting her artistry as a flamenco dancer. In 1982, she founded the award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (EESDC) as well as the Academy of Spanish Dance, and thus began her journey of cementing her reputation as Canada’s premier flamenco artist.
Since then, EESDC has developed an ever-expanding repertoire that has earned both critical and popular acclaim. With unique, talented dancers and musicians from Canada and regular guest artists from Spain, EESDC is recognized for the exceptional level of its productions, receiving three Dora Mavor Moore Awards in addition to numerous nominations over the years. NOW Magazine readers even voted EESDC Toronto’s Best Dance Company for 2015.
Artistic director Esmeralda Enrique marks this important milestone with a presentation that honours EESDC’s significant accomplishments featuring re-imaginings of past works as well as fresh and inventive new creations, Latidos by Enrique and ¿Que Es El Amor, a commission from Seville’s acclaimed contemporary flamenco choreographer, Ana Morales.
EESDC’s powerful dancers – Pamela Briz, Virginia Castro, Paloma Cortés, Esmeralda Enrique, Ilse Gudiño and Noelia La Morocha – are joined by the extraordinary virtuosic singer Manuel Soto of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain (who returns for his seventh production with the company) and musicians Caroline Planté from Montréal (one of the few female flamenco guitarists in the world who returns for her third appearance with the troupe), Benjamin Barrile (guitar), Derek Gray (percussion) and Rebekah Wolkstein (violin).
An Iconic Journey showcases the consummate artistry of EESDC with a myriad of flamenco dance styles including farruca, guajira, taranto, zapateado and alegrías.
Valued for its important pioneering contribution to the development of flamenco in Canada and gorgeous, ferocious, passionate dancing, the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company peerlessly stands on the pillars of traditional flamenco singing, dance and music balancing classicism with a beautiful contemporary aesthetic.
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company presents An Iconic Journey: A Celebration of 35 Years as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Next Steps Series on May 5–7, 2017 at the Fleck Dance Theatre.