Alborada Spanish Dance TheatreArt Form(s):
Through dances, drama, and music, Alborada's passionate artistry reveals the many diverse and historical threads that comprise the multicultural fabric of Spanish culture. But entertaining and educational, the variety of its repertoire runs the artistic gamut from Spanish Gypsy Flamenco and traditional dances, to Hispanic, Celtic, and Moorish cultural influences and beyond.
Alborada Spanish Dance Theater was originally founded in 1965 by María Alba and is known to many aficionados as the greatest exponent of the seguiriya and many other Spanish dance drama pieces in the U.S. In 1980, the Company was revitalized under the direction of María and its current Director, Eva Lucena, who brought to the company a group of extraordinary new dancers and choreographers. Eva and María, before her passing in 1992, believed strongly in bringing a broad perspective of Spanish culture and traditions to the community. To this end, they have worked to set the Company apart from other Spanish dance companies by bringing to the stage dance dramas, such as El Amor Brujo, and dramatizations of the poetry of Federico García Lorca, as well as regional and traditional dances from all parts of Spain, such as jotas from Valencia and dances from Asturias and Galicia. Granada—the End, Eva’s original choreography dramatizing the death of García Lorca, was nominated for a National Endowment for the Arts dance award. Alborada’s embrace of all Spanish dance art forms enables its audience to experience the breathtaking richness and beauty of the culture in full context.