Showing posts with label flamenco dance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flamenco dance. Show all posts

Friday, May 30, 2014

TIDES Flamenco This Friday Through Sunday at Vittum Theatre #ChiILPicksList #Multicultural #Dance #FamilyFriendly

ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Picks List for This Weekend:

Chiara Mangiameli, founder of Studio Mangiameli and female lead in Rick Bayless's acclaimed Cascabel, will be presenting her annual show at the Vittum Theater, May 30-June 1. 

ChiIL Mama has an exclusive video interview with Marina Claudio, one of the Flamenco dancers who is a friend of ours. She is not only a dancer, but also a doctor and a mom!  Hear her take on the show and also how she balances all of her roles. We're adding her interview to our long running series on How Creatives Parent and How Parents Create.

Check it out right here:

Tides will feature more than 40 dancers, of all ages and from various backgrounds, addressing the events that changed their lives through flamenco dance and song forms with live accompaniment by musicians including Carlo Basile (Las Guitarras de Espana) and percussionist Bob Garrett, soon to appear in Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship.  

ChiIL Mama will be there... will YOU?!

May 30th and 31st at 7:30pm
June 1st at 4:30pm
Tides - Studio Mangiameli Annual Show
Vittum Theater
1012 N Noble St in Chicago

Tides, directed and created by Chiara Mangiameli, is not only Studio Mangiameli's third annual student showcase but an exploration of the moments that leave indelible marks on human lives and alter the landscape of identity.

Mangiameli, whom the Chicago Tribune hailed as a "formidable flamenco dancer" for her work alongside Rick Bayless in the Lookingglass Theater production of Cascabel, has assembled over 40 dancers including a children's “Mini Flamencas” group. (*WORLDS COLLIDE ALERT:  We just found out the child of an old friend of mine is in the Mini Flamencas group too! Chicago's 6 degrees of separation is FAR closer than you think.)

Tides will also feature original live music from some of Chicago's most recognized flamenco and world music players, including Carlo Basile (Las Guitarras De España), guitarist Diego Alonso and percussionist Bob Garrett, soon to appear in Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship. World-renowned flamenco singer Vicente “El Cartucho” Griego (pictured below) will be this year’s very special guest.

Tickets $25, $15 for children 12 and under.
Free parking.

Tides - Promo Video from Chiara Mangiameli on Vimeo.


July 30th through August 24th, 2014
Cascabel with Rick Bayless featuring Chiara Mangiameli
Goodman Theater

ChiIL Mama was elated to be included in a private press breakfast with Rick Bayless & Chiara Mangiameli,when the Cascabel remount was first announced, and we can't wait to see it this summer!  Check back early and often for our original content, video interviews, stills and write ups leading up to the show.  Check back soon for our photo filled recap of TIDES.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

INCOMING: Cellist Ian Maksin, Flamenco & Las Guitarras de Espana at City Winery June 21 #multicultural

Shows on our radar:

Russian-born/Chicago-based cellist Ian Maksin will join Las Guitarras de Espana for an evening of flamenco, world music, Spanish folk and classical music at City Winery on Friday, June 21.   Click here for advanced tickets. 

After individual sold-out debuts at Chicago's hottest new live music venue, cellist Ian Maksin and Las Guitarras de Espana will be returning to City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., on Friday, June 21st with a brand new collaborative project. Showtime is 8PM; doors open at 6PM; tickets are $20. 

Las Guitarras de Espana will present a brand new program, a unique fusion of classical, flamenco and world music unified by Ian Maksin's cello playing. The performances will range from intimate solos by Maksin and small duo and trio numbers to the culminating set by a full 10-piece band, including flamenco dancer Wendy Clinard and Senegalese tama ("talking drum") player Mamadou Diop. In addition to original compositions and traditional folk songs from Spain and Cuba, Maksin and Las Guitarras will perform some of their own renditions of works by such classical composers as Granados, Albeniz and de Falla. 

In an addition to having an international career as a classical musician, Ian Maksin is one of the few contemporary cellists performing flamenco and world music. He performs over 100 concerts annually in the USA and Europe, and his performances have been broadcast on NPR and PBS. In 2012 the Chicago Symphony Orchestra named him "Citizen Musician" for his contribution to the city's musical life. Maksin has performed and recorded with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Sting, and Gloria Estefan.

Las Guitarras de Espana (The Guitars of Spain) is a "world music" ensemble, with a "Spanish guitar twist," that performs a fusion of Cuban son, rumba, R&B, Latin-jazz, blues and African percussion with an underlying flamenco music and dance focus. From the start, the ensemble has presented traditional Spanish guitar music along with traditional flamenco forms in collaboration with music and musicians from other genres and cultures. The ensemble has sought to unite music, dance, travel, poetry, and culture in recordings and performances.

Additional artist information is available here:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

TONIGHT Through 6/21 Experience The 37th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival

Ensemble Español's 37th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival
June 12-23, 2013

Chicago’s unique contribution to the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture is showcased as never before in Ensemble Español's 37th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 23.

In addition to Dance For Life, this year the Festival partners with two other organizations, expanding the Festival’s reach:  the north side’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and Instituto Cervantes in downtown Chicago which will host a reception and pre-release preview presentation of the "Sobre las Olas" documentary film on Flamenco in the US. featuring Dame Libby and the Ensemble Español (June 13).  Northeastern Illinois University will once again be the site of the popular series of Spanish/Flamenco /classical/folkloric master classes (June 14-20) and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie will host the Flamenco Passion Gala Performances (June 21-23).

"Sobre las Olas - A story of Flamenco in the US,” directed by Carolina Loyola-Garcia, will have a pre-release exclusive preview event at Chicago’s Instituto Cervantes Auditorium, 31 W Ohio St., Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

Since the early 20th century, the art of Flamenco has been crossing the ocean traveling to faraway places, including the United States. The legendary José Greco spread this art form throughout the Americas making it a household word. Many have fallen in love with its deep songs, cries, rhythms and movements. This documentary brings us into the heart of Flamenco in the US and to the artists who keep it alive.Featured artists include Carmela Greco, daughter of the legendary José Greco, and Dame Libby Komaiko, Irma Suárez Ruiz and Jorge Pérez of Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater.  Other featured artists include Edwin Aparicio, Ricardo Marlow, Jesus Montoya, Barbara Martinez, Rebeca Tomas, Elba Hevia Y Vaca, Marija Temo, Manolo Leiva, Maria Benitez, and Cihtli Ocampo, among others.

Following the screening there will be a Q & A with Carmela Greco, Dame Libby Komaiko and dancers of the Ensemble Español and a Spanish Tapas & Wine reception by Emilios Tapas Restaurant. Tickets are $15 (general admission), $12 (students and seniors) and $10 (IC and ILCC Members).

For reservations and more information contact Josephine DiCesare, Manager of Operations at 773-442-5916
The documentary film "Sobre las Olas- A story of Flamenco in the U.S.,” is funded by  Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and private donors.

Northeastern Illinois University Dance Studios, located at 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., is home to seven days of Spanish master dance classes and workshops in the classical, folkloric and Flamenco styles taught by stellar guest artists from Spain, June 14-20. The comprehensive series includes classes and workshops in Neoclassical, Clásico Español, Regional/folkloric and Flamenco styles. Students will have the opportunity to learn from an impressive roster of international guest artists, including the world famous Carmela Greco; Paloma Gómez, Artistic Director of Compañia de Danza Paloma Gomez ; José Barios, Principal dancer with the Maria Pages Company of Seville, Spain.

More information about classes call Josephine DiCesare, Manager of Operations at 773-442-5916 or visit

Check out the culmination of the 37th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival 6/21

Ensemble Español  Flamenco Passion Gala Performances

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
9501 Skokie Blvd.

Tickets are $26-$46; free parking is available. For tickets, call 847-673-6300 or visit Mini-group rates ($22-$39) are available for groups of 6 or more. Call 773-327-3778.

A portion of the proceeds for the June 21 performance will go to benefit Dance For Life.  There will also be a free pre-performance talk-back and reception with Dame Libby and members of Ensemble Español, beginning at 6 p.m.  For more information call Ensemble Espanol at 773-442-5916 or visit Ensemble Español Center for Spanish Dance & Music

Featuring world, U.S. and Festival premieres and highlighting the 20th anniversary of Dame Libby Komaiko's International Flamenco masterwork ballet,"Bolero" 

Friday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
(Pre-Show Q&A with Dame Libby Komaiko 6 p.m.)


Proceeds from June 21 Opening Performance
to Benefit “Dance For Life”

Thrilling Dance and Music Performances
Cap 37th International American
Spanish Dance & Music Festival (June 12-23) also featuring
Spanish/Flamenco Masterclasses, a preview of the film
"Sobre las Olas - A Story of Flamenco in the US” and More

Chicago’s unique contribution to the elegance and passion of Spain’s dance, music and culture is showcased as never before in Ensemble Español's 37th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival, Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 23. For the thirteenth season North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie will host the ever popular “Flamenco Passion” Gala performances, this year highlighting the 20th anniversary of Dame Libby’s International Flamenco masterwork ballet, “Bolero.”

“Festival time is always exciting for us. We are thrilled to be adding the Old Town School of Folk Music as partners and the pre release preview of the documentary film “Sobre las Olas” at the Instituto Cervantes.  I am also thrilled to mark the 20th anniversary of “Bolero” given the overwhelming international reception throughout its history. Sitting in the audience for the 2010 Dance for Life benefit gala concert at the Harris Theater in Millennium park, my heart was passionately pumping as the dancers began and my soul took flight when the entire audience jumped to their feet in uproarious applause as the company devoured the full stage, rushing and twirling, with their Spanish fans and toreador capes. ¡Ole!

We are honored to donate part of the proceeds from our Friday, June 21 opening gala performance to benefit Dance for Life. We are also extremely grateful to once again have the support of our in resident partner, Northeastern Illinois University, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, plus an incredible roster of guest artists and sponsors, who have generously contributed to the success of our festival”.  Dame Libby Komaiko, Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Español.

The crowd-pleasing, festival-capping “Flamenco Passion” live music and dance performances come to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Friday, June 21 and Saturday June 22 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m.  In addition to Dame Libby’s full company Flamenco masterwork ballet, “Bolero,” the program will also include three world premieres, a U.S. premiere and a Festival premiere:

World Premieres:

“RENDICIÓN” (“Surrender”)
A Flamenco contemporary drama depicting the passions of everlasting love.
Choreography and costume design by Irma Suarez Ruiz;
Costume production: Luz Creations;
Dancers: Full company;
Music: “Semblanzas de un Rio” by David Peña Dorantes.

“HERENCIA” (“Heritage”), Spanish Classical Duet
This grand work has become a traditional dance presentation performed by the great masters of Spanish dance which include Paloma and Raquel’s parents, Raquel Rodriguez and Jose Gomez. The choreographer and dancers dedicate this premiere special tribute to their parents.
Choreography and dancers: Guest artists Paloma & Raquel Gomez;
Music: “La Torre del Oro” by Geronimo Gimenez.

“DE CORDOBA A CAI” (“From Cordoba to Cadiz”), Flamenco Alegrias
Choreography and dancer: Guest artist Jose Barrios;
Costumes by Puroego and Gallardo;
Music by Antonio Gabarri Jimenez, Flamenco guitarist, Paco Fonta, Flamenco singer and guitarist, David Chiriboga, Flamenco guitarist and Javier Saume-Mazzei, percussionist.

U.S. Premiere:

“YUNQUE-FARRUSOUL,” Flamenco Martinete-Farruca
This Flamenco drama premiered at the Carmen Hall Theater in Ugata, Japan in March 2013.
Choreography and dancers:  Guest artist Jose Barrios, with Ensemble Español principal company dancers; Sara Samuels, Claudia Pizarro and company dancers Monica Saucedo, Evelyn Sanchez, Abigail Ventura;
Costume design by Puroego, Gallardo and Luz Creations;
Music by Isaac Munoz and Susana Ruiz.

Festival Premiere:

“NUEVAMENTE VIVIR” ( “Live Again” )
Choreography and costume design by Paloma Gomez;
Music: Hans Zimmer;
Lighting design: Elias Morales,
Dancers: Ensemble Español’s Crystal Ruiz, Julia Hinojosa, Olivia Serrano.

Joining Ensemble Espanol for these performances will be guest dancers and choreographers including  Carmela Greco (Madrid), daughter of the legendary José Greco; Paloma Gómez & Raquel Gomez (Madrid), former principals with the National Ballet of Spain; and José Barrios (Cordoba), principal dancer of the Maria Pages Company. The impressive roster of guest singers and musicians will include Flamenco guitarist, Antonio Gabarri Jiménez (Madrid), Flamenco singer and guitarist, Paco Fonta (Miami), Flamenco guitarist, David Chiriboga (Ecuador), Peruvian Tenor, Luis Galvez  and Venezuelan-born percussionist,  Javier Saume Mazzei.

Under the artistic direction of founder Dame Libby Komaiko and associate artistic director, Irma Suárez Ruiz, Ensemble Español is internationally recognized as the premier center for Spanish dance, music, art, culture and education in residence at a state university in America, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. It’s 40 sensational dancers, singers, instrumentalists with international guest artists promotes and preserves , Spanish dance culture in all its forms  from classical, folkloric, Flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain from the renaissance through the XXI century . In 1982, Dame Libby became the first American artist in history to be decorated with Spain's highest honor "Lazo de Dama" (Ribbon of the Dame) de la Orden de Isabel La Católica by his Majesty Don Juan Carlos I, King of Spain for her artistic, cultural and educational work throughout the U.S.  Ensemble Español has been in residence at Northeastern Illinois University since 1976. For more information visit

Dance for Life
The mission of Dance for Life is to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education and prevention while promoting the art of dance in Chicago. In the late 1980's, Chicago dancer Keith Elliott had a brilliant idea: why not bring Chicago's dance community together for one night to dance for life! In 1992, Keith partnered with HIV/AIDS community activist and event fundraiser Danny Kopelson, as well as Chicago dance professionals Harriet Ross and Gail Kalver, to form Chicago Dancer's United. Over the past 22 years, Dance for Life has grown to become the largest dance performance-based HIV/AIDS fundraising events in the Midwest. For more information visit

Dance for Life: The Documentary

Through poignant personal testimonials, passionate music and powerful dancers bodies in motion, Dance for Life: The Documentary painted a rare, you-are-there portrait of the generosity and compassion of Chicago's dance community over 20 years (Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project and Ensemble Español). The film featured the dance companies that participated in the 2010 Dance for Life benefit performance which opened with Dame Libby and the Ensemble Español’s passionate “Bolero.” The documentary won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Arts/Entertainment Special (Scott Silberstein, Producer, HMS Media)) and Outstanding Director (Matt Hoffman, HMS Media).

To get a behind the scenes look, click on these YouTube links:

·         "What is Bolero” 

·         “The History of Bolero"

·         “The Evolution of Bolero”


The 37th American Spanish Dance & Music Festival is made possible in part with support from Northeastern Illinois University; The Chicago Community Trust; the Illinois Arts Council, an agency of the State of Illinois; Fifth Third Bank; Southwest Airlines; Consulado General de España; City Arts Grants-Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago;  Enterprise; Holiday Inn-Chicago North Shore; Emilios Tapas Restaurant; Athletico; Chicago Dance Supply;  HMS Media; The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, José Greco Foundation and individual donors .


Univision Chicago; LaRaza; and Spanish Public Radio—WDCB 90.9. Additional support is provided by Instituto Cervantes, the Old Town School of Folk Music, Studio Mangiameli , Chicago Dance & Supply, Athletico Physical Therapy and the Flamenco Arts Center.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flamenco Weekend-Multicultural Magic-A Traves Del Espejo-Through The Mirror


It's that once a year chance to catch the annual flamenco dance show from Studio Mangiameli "A Traves Del Espejo (Through The Mirror)."  It runs May 18-20th.  

A Través Del Espejo (Through The Mirror)
Adventure Stage Chicago

A friend of ours is performing with thirty flamenco
students from Studio Mangiameli and many of Chicago's flamenco scene's finest live musicians
.   She's a Chi town mom, a pediatrician, and a flamenco dancer.   Here at ChiIL Live Shows/ChiIL Mama we love to highlight parents pursuing their passions in the creative arts--music, dance, theatre, visual arts and beyond.   There IS life after birth.   

We also had the great pleasure to snap stills and shoot the Q & A at another accomplished flamenco dancer/ Chicago mom show a few weeks back.  Wendy Clinard's work was a joy to see, and originally inspired by her travels with her young daughter.

Chi, IL Live Dance-Multicultural-"From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer)"   We're still editing and building a feature and will have that for you shortly. 
Here's the scoop on this weekend's show --Studio Mangiameli "A Traves Del Espejo (Through The Mirror)" from their official release:

Mirrors are a dance student's best friend and worst enemy, exposing moments of beauty and clarity as well as missteps and faulty technique. A Través Del Espejo is about those occasional magical and transcendent moments when a dancer looks not just into the mirror but through it, where one inhabits one's fantasy and is transformed by the power of one's imagination. Those moments are what keep us going through  countless classes and rehearsals, hours of frustration and fatigue.

Developed by Artistic Director Chiara Mangiameli, whom The Chicago Tribune calls a "formidable flamenco dancer" for her work alongside master chef Rick Bayless in the current production of Cascabel,  A Través Del Espejo brings together and ensemble of nearly thirty flamenco students from Studio Mangiameli with some of the most accomplished professional musicians in Chicago's flamenco scene such as members of Las Guitarras De España and El Payo.

True to flamenco and its emphasis on personal expression, the student body displays a large age range, each dancer interpreting  the various moods and emotions behind each piece.

Chiara Mangiameli, dance and vocals
Carlo Basile, classical and flamenco guitar
David Chiriboga, flamenco guitar
David Gonzalez, vocals
Kinan Abou-afach, cello and oud
Omar Almusfi, percussion

Note: Free parking is available on Friday and Sunday in the Roman Polish Catholic Union lot on 984 Milwaukee Ave.
Street parking on Saturday.

Tickets are $20, $25 cash only at the door (no discounts will be given at the door).

Minimum Age: 7
Kid Friendly: Yes!


Click here to purchase tickets

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chi, IL Live Dance-Multicultural-"From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer)"

Shows on our radar this week:
This sounds like an amazing collaboration.   Check it out for 3 nights only!   Seating is limited and all proceeds will benefit Clinard Dance Theatre, a not-for-profit organization.

Clinard Dance Theatre is proud to present "From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer)" on April 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m. (CST), and April 22 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Suite 207, in Chicago.

Artistic Director Wendy Clinard will lead audiences on a journey inspired by travels with her daughter to Syria while reading the Arctic travel epic, "Kaloona" The work fuses connections between the ancient and the modern, the spiritual and the physical and those between the essences of struggle and celebration. Clinard questions the forces that shape human history and interdependence.

From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer) is an interdisciplinary multimedia work that includes an original score by composer and music director Steve Gibons, performed on contrabass, guitar, oud, percussion, violin and voice. The work presents contemporary flamenco dancers in unique context with live video projections by Marco Ferrari.

From the Arctic to the Middle East (Broken Narratives by an American Flamenco Dancer) uses the timeless tools of story, song, music and dance to provide an odyssey and a sense of transcendence, which gives the feeling that the journey has just begun.

Find out why Lucia Mauro of the Chicago Tribune says "Clinard places the intricate presentational aspects of flamenco in a vital, contemporary context."

Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and students and are available through the Clinard Dance Theatre and Links Hall Websites.

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