Gainesville, Fla. – The Emmy Award-winning, Benise’s (Buh-ness-say) fiery Spanish Guitar and International Dance Troupe returns in an even hotter show! See for yourself why the L.A. Times calls it “The Latin Riverdance,” live at the Phillips Center at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7.
En Fuego! showcases classic songs from Led Zeppelin, Queen, Bach, and The Eagles – to name a few – and marries them with Spanish guitar and dance. Benise’s love of both Spanish guitar and rock brings a fierce intensity to these new interpretations of his favorite classic anthems.
Fresh off their blockbuster tour through Asia – where the group filmed their next PBS special, Benise Live in China! – Benise and cast take audiences on a beautifully choreographed musical adventure of music, love and life. Since appearing on Dancing with the Stars, Benise has embarked on a world tour.
The production is directed by Amy Tinkham (Paul McCartney, Britney Spears) and Raf Kapoor (Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood), and is choreographed by Alex Magno (Madonna, Jennifer Lopez).
Fans of dance will witness some of the most renowned flamenco dancers, Broadway dancers and featured soloists from Madonna, Celine Dion and Lady GaGa tours. Benise’s international cast of dancers will flawlessly execute Spanish flamenco, Cuban salsa, Argentinean tango, Brazilian samba, Indian Bollywood, waltz and more!
Fans of music will be captivated by Benise’s unique fusion of Spanish guitar, classical, rock and world music. Benise is accompanied by a world-class band, featuring Cedric Leonardi of Gypsy Kings, soul violinist Karen Briggs of Yanni and Omar Lopez of Riverdance, to name a few. En Fuego! sizzles with all new songs and stage sets.
The show is a “family friendly” performance for fans of all ages. Benise combines the cultures of the world through music and dance.
Benise’s tour will also highlight his latest album En Fuego! and the hit single A New Day, released in 2012.
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To purchase tickets, call the Phillips Center Box Office at 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 800-905-ARTS (toll-free within Florida) or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 (toll-free). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Phillips Center Box Office, the University Box Office at the University of Florida Reitz Union or from any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Cash, checks, MasterCard, Discover and Visa are accepted.
UF students may purchase $10 tickets (with a valid student ID) at the Phillips Center Box Office and the University Box Office at the Reitz Union. Non-UF students may purchase discounted student tickets (in the balcony) at the Phillips Center Box Office.
Performance dates, times and programs are subject to change.