Alborada Dance Theatre
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The Company was originally founded in 1965 by María Alba, known to many aficionados as being the greatest exponent of the seguiriya and many other Spanish dance drama pieces in the U.S. It was an integral part of the summer concerts at Jacobs Pillow in the 60's and 70's under the name of The María Alba Spanish Dance Company.

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 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.

Over the past twelve years, the Company has performed in many venues, including New York Symphony Space, SUNY Rockland Community College, Rutgers University, Monmouth University's Pollak Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick; Forum Theatre, Metuchen; Ocean County College Fine Arts Center, "The Theater" of Raritan Valley Community College, Drew University, Morristown Community Theater, Middlesex County College, Jersey City State College and Twelve Miles West Theater in Montclair NJ, as well as in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Miami, and San Francisco.