Sponsored by The Pope Brown Foundation Ballet Hispanico brings traditional ballet as seen through a Latino lens.
DateApr 30, 2018 @ 8:00pm
From its grassroots origins as a NYC dance school and community-based performing arts troupe in 1970, Ballet Hispánico has grown into a world-class institution. Founder Tina Ramirez won the National Medal of Arts for her work bridging traditional ballet discipline with opportunity for Latino artists to express their voice. Former director of Chicago's Luna Negra Dance Theatre and first generation Cuban-American, Eduardo Vilaro took the helm of Ballet Hispanico in 2009 and has since brought brillant and breathtaking pieces to the stage, such as a tribute to the music of Celia Cruz and an all female choreographed 16-17 NYC season. Set to music that ranges from Julio Iglesias to rock en español, Michelle Manzanales’ “Con Brazos Abiertos” is a fun and frank look at a life caught between two cultures. From choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano comes a piece entitled “Flabbergast,” which the “The Chicago Tribune” called a “fun-filled spectacle.” One of the leading voices of Mexican contemporary dance, Tania Pérez-Salas drew inspiration from the number Pi to reflect on the circularity of our movement through life in her piece “Catorces Dieciséis.”
Enhanced Experience: Free light reception beginning one hour prior to the performance.