Thursday Jul 19, 2018 8:00 pm
VPAC Winter Dance Series
“Ballet Hispánico shows what it is to be Latino in the modern world” – Financial Times
“This dance company can wake up the neighborhood with a sudden, brassy shout or it can croon softly in your ear, whispering words of love.” – The Star-Ledger
From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, Ballet Hispanico has grown into a world class institution. Now under the artistic direction of Eduardo Vilaro, the Company performs a diverse repertory by the foremost choreographers of our time as well as emerging artists. The works fuse Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create a new style of concert dance in which theatricality and passion propel every move. The choreographers represent a multitude of nationalities including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. The Company has offered over 3,350 performances to audiences of over two million throughout 11 countries.
In August 2009, Ballet Hispanico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director. A former principal dancer with the Ballet Hispanico Company, Vilaro has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America. He received his early dance training on scholarship at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and later studied at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. Vilaro founded and led Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater for ten years, during which time he created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and other companies. Vilaro did additional outreach work with former Ballet Hispanico director Tina Ramirez to create a broad range of educational programming for the Chicago community. Vilaro holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University and an MA in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago, where he served as Artist-in Residence at The Dance Center. He is the recipient of an NEA grant and the Ruth Page Award for his choreography. Vilaro served on the Board of Directors for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance.Ballet Hispanico will introduce several new pieces to its repertory during the 2013-14 season. Dynamic Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto has been commissioned to choreograph his first work on Ballet Hispanico, entitled Sortijas, which celebrates the Latino experience in its full cultural and social complexity. Archipiélago, choreographed by Vilaro, is an exploration of distance, time, and the unavoidable separation caused by geographical politics. Additional choreographers commissioned to create works include Sergio Trujillo and Julio Zurita, Inma García and Meritxell Barberá, and former New York City Ballet Soloist Edwaard Liang. Rounding off the 2013-14 repertory to go on tour will be Danzón,choreographed by Vilaro, Tango Vitrola, choreographed by Alejandro Cervera, Jardi Tancat, choreographed by Nacho Duato, Club Havana, choreographed by Pedro Ruiz, and Nube Blanco, choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.
Past commissions include Asuka (2011), Vilaro’s first work with Ballet Hispanico, which premiered at the world famous Apollo Theater and featured music by Celia Cruz. Espiritu Vivo (2012), choreographed by Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, combines traditional and contemporary movement vocabulary and features the music of legendary Peruvian singer Susana Baca. Mad’moiselle (2010) was choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa with music by Bart Rijnink after Chavela Vargas.
For more information on Ballet Hispanico visit, www.ballethispanico.org
Tickets: Adult $58 | Student $25 | TIX ON SALE JULY 23RD!
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