The Grace, Flair, and Passion of Latin Dance
HOME: New York City
ROOTS & INFLUENCES: Latin America and Spain
Celebrating 45 years of repertory that reflects the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, Ballet Hispanico is the new expression of American contemporary dance. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company’s multifaceted performances have featured renowned works by artists such as Nacho Duato, cutting-edge premieres by Cayetano Soto and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and live music accompaniment by Latin legends such as Paquito D’Rivera. The Company has performed for an audience of nearly 3 million, throughout 11 countries, on 3 continents.
Ballet Hispanico is an American dance company that explores, preserves and celebrates Latino culture through dance. Founded in 1970 as a grassroots dance school and community-based performing arts troupe in New York City, they have evolved into a world-class dance institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino culture. Their performances feature a diverse array of contemporary works from the foremost choreographers of today, and feature strikingly talented emerging artists.
In 2009, Eduardo Villaro took over as Artistic Director, having been a dancer with the company since 1985. Eduardo was an associate professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College and has served on the board of directors of Dance/USA. He has also served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. In 2001 he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003 he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. Ballet Hispanico also has a School of Dance which focuses on Spanish dance forms and includes pre-professional training as well as a general program and curriculum for pre-k through adults. Since 1970, more than 80,000 dancers have been trained through their school, and some have gone on to very successful dance careers.
Ordway Extra: Culturally Responsive Artistry
Thursday, January 14 │6:30pm, Marzitelli Foyer
Free for Ballet Hispanico ticketholders
Ballet Hispanico’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer, Eduardo Vilaro, will join Alberto Justiniano, founder and Artistic Director of Teatro del Pueblo – the only Latino theater company in the Twin Cities, in a conversation on representing culture through art that is informed by multiple voices and perspectives within Latino communities. This Ordway Extra will be facilitated by Silvia Pontaza, Twin Cities actress, educator, playwright, and radio host.
Los invitamos a una noche de orgullo Lation con el unico repertorio de Ballet Hispanico. Danza que representa el pasado, presente y future del sabor Latino!
- “Club Havana” de Pedro Ruiz: Un tributo a la epoca de los 50 y del Mambo en La Habana.
- “Sombrerisimo” de Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, una divertida exploracion de la indentidad a traves del sombrero.
- “El Beso,” un simbolo de nuestra cultura y el mondo entero, la obra de Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.
Jueves, 14 de Enero 2016, 7:30pm
En el Centro Artistico Ordway
Desde 1970 Ballet Hispanico es la premier de danza contemporanea Latina.
Christopher Bloom, Martina Calcagno, Shelby Colona, Kassandra Cruz, Mario Ismael Espinoza, Melissa Fernandez, Mark Gieringer, Christopher Hernandez, Johan Rivera Mendez, Eila Valls, Kimberly Van Woesik, Lyvan Verdecia, Cole Vernon, Joshua Winzeler
Director of Production & Performance:
Artistic Associate/Rehearsal Director:
Nathan K. Claus