Ensemble Espanol will give three performances this weekend at the Touhill at UMSL.

Chicago’s celebrated Ensemble Espanol gives passionate, powerful and spectacular performances that highlight a mosaic of Hispanic cultures from around the world. The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center audience got a taste of this at past Dance St. Louis Spring to Dance festivals. But now the ensemble of 40 dancers, singers and musicians is back for three full shows.

Ensemble Espanol will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Touhill on the North Campus at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). The ensemble’s repertory – created during 36 years of national and international performances – features more than 125 dances in flamenco, folkloric and classical Spanish styles. The finale of their St. Louis program will be their smoldering flamenco rendition of Ravel’s “Bolero.

“This world-class company never ceases to bedazzle with the variety, precision, beauty and heat of its performances,” the Chicago Sun-Times wrote. “Even if you were a dance aficionado living in Spain today, you would be hard-pressed to find the breadth and range and sheer brilliance of dance – from folkloric to flamenco to balletic riffs on both those forms.”

Tickets are $33 to $50 for night performances and $28 to $30 for the matinee. Visit touhill.org or call 314-516-4949 to order tickets.

Ryan Heinz

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