Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the premier Latino dance institution in the United States, will join other entertainers to headline "In Performance at the Kennedy Center," an event honoring the presidential inauguration and Latino arts and culture, on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7pm. Actress Eva Longoria will host the evening.
The Company will perform an excerpt from artistic director Eduardo Vilaro’s Cuban-inspired Danzón, set to music by Latin Jazz great Paquito D’Rivera. In addition, 20 students from the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance will perform in a piece choreographed for the finale of the evening.
“The Latino community is an integral facet of America’s make-up, and our country’s cultural landscape must reflect our constantly growing and shifting populations,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. “We are thrilled to appear alongside such accomplished Latinos as we celebrate this country’s present and future.”
Actress Eva Longoria, San Antonio philanthropist and business leader Henry R. Munoz III and San Juan attorney and activist Andres W. Lopez, in partnership with the nation's leading Latino organizations, announced today that Raul Esparza, Jose Feliciano, Juan Diego Florez, Melanie Griffith, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico, Coral Contigas, Coro de Ninos de San Juan, the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra and other entertainers will participate in "In Performance at the Kennedy Center."
Longoria, Munoz and Andres Lopez are the executive producers of the event. Tickets are available for purchase by the general public online and at the Kennedy Center box office.
"In Performance" is part of Latino Inaugural 2013 – a three-day series of lectures, symposia and cultural gatherings that will give Latinos from all backgrounds, national origins, regions of the country and political parties the chance to reflect on the issues most important to them and determine how best to develop an agenda that betters the community and strengthens the country as a whole.
Tickets for the live Opera House performance start at $300 and include entry to a post-performance reception. Tickets for the Eisenhower Theater simulcast start at $150 and also include entry to the reception.
Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase online at the Kennedy Center box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or may visit kennedy-center.org to purchase tickets.
About the Company: Ballet Hispanico
ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO
Celebrating 41 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico was founded by Tina Ramirez and is recognized as the nation's preeminent Latino dance organization. Now led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has grown from its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe to become a world-class institution that explores, preserves, and celebrates Latino cultures through dance. With a professional Company that has performed for an audience of over 2 million throughout 11 countries on 3 continents; a School of Dance unique in its emphasis on ballet, modern and Spanish dance; and an Education & Outreach division that creates extensive programming for public schools, both in New York and around the country, Ballet Hispanico builds new avenues of cultural dialogue and shares the joy of dance with all communities.For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 7pm
Theater: Kennedy Center
Address: 2700 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20566
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