Esmeralda Enrique’s Spanish Dance Company & Opening Reception with Tablao Flamenco Toronto


Esmeralda Enrique’s Spanish Dance Company & Opening Reception with Tablao Flamenco Toronto

Date: Sat, Nov 16, 2019 06:00PM
Price: $40 regular, $36 Friends, $30 students and seniors
Festival Package: save 15% when you see 3 or 4 shows (regular-priced tickets only)
50% off parking when you purchase tickets to 3 or 4 shows

We kick off our 5th annual Duende: Flamenco Festival with a stirring performance from the iconic matriarch of Toronto's flamenco community, Esmeralda Enrique — a dancer who says flamenco allows her to “communicate beyond what words can describe and beyond what movement can say.” Enrique will be joined by her acclaimed Spanish Dance Company.


Afterwards, we celebrate the festival’s opening with a reception, featuring an authentic cuadro- style Flamenco performance from leaders of the city’s Flamenco community, including from Flamenco Tablao Toronto.


This event is part of the Museum’s fifth annual Duende: Flamenco Festival, and part of our 2019/20 Performing Arts season, Listening to Each Other, which pays tribute to the role of the performative arts in connecting communities, preserving culture, and spurring social change.



Esmeralda Enrique is an award-winning dancer trained in Flamenco and Spanish Classical dance. In 1982, she founded the Spanish Dance Company which has earned critical and popular acclaim in Toronto. The company has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and was voted Toronto’s Best Dance Company by NOW Magazine in 2015.


Tablao Flamenco Toronto is a non-profit organization that brings together local and international performers. Their goal is to encourage a larger Toronto Flamenco community, and to introduce the art of Flamenco to men and women of all ages.


Tamar Ilana is a singer and dancer, who released her third album, MISTRĀL, at the Aga Khan Museum in 2019, along with her award-winning world music ensemble Ventanas. She sings with the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, teaches at the Academy of Spanish Dance, and regularly tours across North America.


Shirlita La Pili is a singer who has studied with many masters over the years including Encarna Anillo and Rocio Márquez. She has performed in Flamenco festivals in Canada and has worked with leading Flamenco companies in Toronto.  You can see her on Sundays at Flamenco Sunday at Drom Taberna.  


Offsite Performance
Naseer Shamma & Orontes: Flamenco Night at the Bluma Appel Theatre

Nov 1, 7:30 pm

Duende Flamenco Festival 2019

November 13–23, 2019

Flamenco, Flamenco & Flamenco at 5:15

Nov 13, 2019, 7 pm

Esmeralda Enrique’s Spanish Dance Company & Opening Reception with Tablao Flamenco Toronto

Nov 16, 2019, 6 pm

Dance a Mile in My Shoes / Bells by Carmen Romero and Bageshree Vaze

Nov 17, 2019, 7 pm

Poligono Sur Sole Duende Flamenco Festival

Nov 20, 2019, 7 pm

Desplante by Eduardo Guerrero

Nov 21, 2019, 8 pm

Encuentro by Isaac Tovar

Nov 23, 2019, 8 pm

With support from

Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation logo

Ontario Arts Council

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