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This multi-award winning company of dancers, singers and musicians have helped make Toronto the flamenco capital of Canada. The committed, talented team shares the depth of their life experiences and passion on stage in this Spanish art form that speaks to our hearts and touches our souls. Always an exhilarating experience.
The world premiere production of Épocas, or ‘Eras’ in English, journeys through time to pay tribute to many of the iconic figures who helped shape and influence the music and dance of Spain that we know and love today.
Épocas honours the tremendous influence of great artists from significant eras that brought Spanish culture to the world and features live music, song and dance. The program is influenced by La Argentina’s neoclassical Spanish dance of the 1930s, the immensely popular José Greco and his flamenco company in the 1960s and the 1970s flamenco revival known best for the celebrated and enduring flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and iconic flamenco singer Camarón.
This year, the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company welcomes two artists from Spain to perform alongside the dynamic company: talented dancer/choreographer Rafael del Pino making his debut with the company and exhilarating singer Manuel Soto who returns to work once again with the ensemble.
Company Dancers: Esmeralda Enrique, Pamela Briz, Paloma Cortés, Virginia Castro, Noelia La Morocha, Rafael delPino
Company Musicians: Caroline Planté, guitarist; Benjamin Barille, guitarist; Rosendo “Chendy” León, percussion; Manuel Soto, singer; Tamar Ilana, singer; Jerry Caringi, accordionist.
Join us on Saturday, April 23 for a post-performance Q&A.
NOW’s 2015 Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice Winner – Best Dance Company
The award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (EESDC) was founded in 1982 under the artistic direction of Esmeralda Enrique. The company has a history rooted in flamenco and Spanish classical dance. While maintaining the values of traditional flamenco singing, dance and music, the company presents a style that balances classicism with a modern, contemporary aesthetic.
Since 1990, EESDC has presented an annual Toronto season and developed an ever-expanding repertoire that has earned both critical and popular acclaim. With unique, talented dancers and musicians the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company is recognized for the exceptional level of its productions, receiving two Dora Mavor Moore Awards in addition to numerous nominations over the years. Passionate and driven, the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company continues to enthrall audiences with its commitment to imaginative choreography and artistic excellence.
Esmeralda Enrique is one of Canada’s most celebrated flamenco dance artists. Lauded internationally as a choreographer and teacher, she is the founder of the Academy of Spanish Dance and the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, which is renowned for its innovation, versatility and artistic excellence.
Esmeralda grew up in the flamenco tradition, studying dance as a child and working professionally by the age of 14. She has received numerous awards, and was named one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2008. In 2012, she received the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Vision Award for Arts and Culture, and the inaugural Young Centre for the Performing Arts Dance Award as Senior Artist. That was also the year that marked the 30th anniversary of both the school and company.
Esmeralda has also been honoured with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance, and Outstanding New Choreography. She is the founder of The Art of Flamenco Symposium, a bi-annual event in Toronto.
Esmeralda’s work reveals a total mastery and love of art. Her infinite creativity, energy and passion will continue to convey a true love for the art of flamenco for generations to come. Her spirit and energy have helped make flamenco a vibrant, driving force on the Canadian dance landscape.