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BENISE: The Latin Riverdance
The Emmy Award Winning 10th anniversary special, Strings of Passion, features Benise, 4 additional musicians, 7 dancers and innovative use of multi-media projections in a world music and dance spectacular that is a feast for the eyes and ears.

2018 marks the year guitar virtuoso Benise (Buh-ness-say) unveils his new multi-cultural stage show ‘FUEGO!’ with all new music, costumes, and choreography! PBS airs the concert June 2018 and the nationwide tour follows in Fall of 2018 and Spring 2019. This is Benise’s fifth PBS Special.

Benise’s ‘FUEGO!’, directed and choreographed by Alex Magno (who has worked with Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and the Academy Awards) features the passion and grace of Flamenco dancing combined with fiery Spanish guitar. A beautifully charming and romantic Spanish village is the backdrop set as Benise reinvents the classics that celebrate Spain – Granada, Adagio, Malaguena, Asturias, and Aranjuez to name a few.

Armed with his Spanish guitar and backed by a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, Benise captures world music at its best, with a show that appeals to people of all ages, cultures and musical backgrounds. It’s an unprecedented and spectacular adventure through Cuban Salsa, Spanish Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Parisian Waltz, Brazilian Samba…and more! The “Gitanas,” the dancers in ‘FUEGO!’, were hand-picked from a global pool of brilliantly diverse talent. In breathtaking couture costumes and with innovative staging and choreography, they give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover.

A former street musician, Benise began composing original works with powerfully emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual. Benise’s Emmy Award Winning Show has toured throughout 16 countries over the last 12 years, performed on the top rated TV show, Dancing With The Stars, and has toured across the USA multiple times.

“‘FUEGO’ celebrates music, love and life. It’s a great show for the whole family. We have something for everyone,” comments Benise. “I hope people will be inspired by our story, the music, and the production, and have the passion to follow their dreams.”

“This is a great show for the whole family; I really think we have something for everyone,” comments BENISE, for whom music has always been a journey…from his humble beginnings as a street performer, to performing around the world. “I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional Nuevo Flamenco/Spanish guitar while combining the elements of dance and theater. This show is a celebration of culture--the culmination of all the shows we’ve done over the last 10 years.”

Go center stage with BENISE in this amazing production that takes your audiences to Spain, China, Paris, Egypt, India, Cuba, Italy, Dubai, the Heartland of America…and more: the Theatrical World Music and Dance Spectacle that has been called “The Latin Riverdance”.

‘The Prince of Spanish Guitar’ - Dancing With The Stars
‘Extreme Flamenco Fusion’ - Screen India

A former street musician, Benise began composing original works with powerfully emotional arrangements that are both wild and refined, producing a sound that is as edgy and exotic as it is romantic and sensual. A celebration of culture, love, music and life, Benise’s ‘Spanish Nights’ will take us to worlds both faraway and deeply personal, and remind us that hope can be the healing thread in all of our lives.

As the show’s composer, guitarist and creative force, Benise says ‘Spanish Nights’ aims
“to take people on a musical journey. I wanted to push the boundaries of traditional Flamenco/Spanish guitar while combining the elements of dance and theater. This show is a celebration of culture--the culmination of all the shows we’ve done over the last 10 years.”

Directed by Amy Tinkham (Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Madonna)
Directed by Raj Kapoor (Josh Groban, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars)
Choreographed by Alex Magno (Madonna, Academy Awards, Jenifer Lopez)

Benise handpicked the “Gitanas,” the dancers in ‘Spanish Nights,’ from a global pool of brilliantly diverse talent. In breathtaking couture and innovative staging and choreography, they give Spanish dance a fresh and luminous makeover.

“This is a great show for the whole family. We have something for everyone,” comments Benise. “I hope people will be inspired by our story, the music, and the production, and have the passion to follow their dreams.” As for future tour dates, Benise adds, “I can’t wait to travel to new cities, meet new people, and play every night--it’s what I live for.”

This is a “Family Friendly” performance.
A show that’s magical and inspiring for all!

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