April 25 – 28, 2013

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

Portales

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The award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company never fails to mesmerize while delivering the contagious excitement and full breadth of feelings that flamenco expresses through dance, music and song.

See Canada’s top flamenco artists and stellar guests from Spain in the world premiere of Portales, choreography by Esmeralda Enrique, El Junco, Juan Ogalla and a new commission from Manuel Betanzos.

Flamenco opens the door to the most noble of human possibilities: the ability to dream.

The award-winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company was founded in 1982 in Toronto under the artistic direction of Esmeralda Enrique. Dedicated and driven, the talented musicians, singers and expressive, powerful dancers perform finely wrought pieces that hold, in perfect balance, tradition and classicism with a modern, contemporary aesthetic capturing the essence of flamenco.

Esmeralda Enrique immigrated to Toronto in 1981 and established the Academy of Spanish Dance. Later she founded the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, which has emerged as one of Canada’s foremost flamenco dance ensembles. Her vision and passionate commitment to flamenco have earned her acclaim across Canada as a teacher, performer and choreographer. Esmeralda has received numerous awards including the Guía Hispana’s Raíces Hispanas Award in 2003, and was named one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2008. Ms. Enrique has been honoured with numerous Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance in 1997, 1999, 2002, and 2006 and for Outstanding New Choreography in 2008. Esmeralda’s creativity, energy and passion continues to convey a true love for the art of flamenco.

Joining the company from Spain:

Singers: Manuel Soto (Jerez) returns for a third season with his rich voice and intuitive, nuanced rhythms. Manuel is joined by Naike Ponce (Sanlúcar) with her powerful and passionate voice. Together they express the depth of emotions portrayed in flamenco song.

Guitar: Oscar Lago (Cádiz) returns sharing his superb talent for contemporary flamenco arrangements. Oscar was nominated in 2012 for a Dora Mavor Moore Award with EESDC musical director Nicolás Hernández for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the Dance Division.

Dancer:  El Junco (Cádiz) will join the company for the first time as well as create a new choreography. El Junco is a vibrant and virtuosic bailaor with a unique prowess who remains true to the essence and legacy of flamenco.

Dancer: Juan Ogalla, Dora Mavor Moore award recipient for Outstanding Performance 2012, will return for his fifth season, choreographing a new work for the company, performing a solo and new duet.

Company artists:

Dancer/choreographer/artistic director: Esmeralda Enrique

Dancers: Pamela Briz, Paloma Cortés, Noelia La Morocha

Guitar: Nicolás Hernández

Percussion: Rosendo “Chendy” León

Violin: Chris Church