Ballet Hispánico will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free events and performances, a preview of the company's New York Season and more, with an Antojito, a Latinx Leadership Convening, Diálogos, and the 3rd Annual A La Calle Block party.
"We celebrate our Latinidad on a daily basis, but it is vital that we come together during this month to celebrate the strength of our voices and the impact of our cultural and artistic contributions on our nation," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico.
The celebration begins with the School of Dance Open House from September 9-12, 2019 including an orientation to welcome new and returning students and free trial classes for those interested in trying a new class. The Ballet Hispánico School of Dance empowers students by offering a holistic approach to movement discovery, including pre-professional training and classes for the novice dancer. The School also offers drop-in classes and workshops that provide cultural enrichment and the joy of dance to everyone. Further details are available at ballethispanico.org/classes.
On Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm Ballet Hispánico will host an Antojito, an intimate sneak peek of newly created work, featuring a preview of Tiburones, a new work by Annabella Lopez Ochoa about the street gang The Sharks, made famous by the musical West Side Story. The full performance will take place at the Apollo on November 22-23, 2019. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
On Thursday, September 26, Ballet Hispánico will host the first Latinx Dance Leadership Convening from 9:00am-5:30pm.Ballet Hispánico and Miami City Ballet will convene a group of Latinx dance leaders to confer, discuss and find ways of working together to create more visibility of our cultural contributions and new ways of assuring diversity in our field. Attendance at this event is by invitation only.
On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:30pm, Ballet Hispánico and Dance/NYC will cohost Diálogos: Art, Social Justice, and Latinx Dance Workers in the NYC Dance Ecology. This installation of Diálogos will feature curated guest speakers and artists including Ana Maria Correa from Miami City Ballet and Chris Núñez from Dance/NYC among others. Participants will have the opportunity to join in on a long-table discussion exploring the interconnections of the arts, social justice, and Latino cultures. This event is free and open to the public.
Ballet Hispánico's 3rd Annual A La Calle Block Party will take place on Sunday, September 29 from noon-4:00pm.Ballet Hispánico will take over West 89th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), its home for 50 years, for a four-hour celebration of Latinx unity, dance, music, art, food and community.The event will include free performances by the internationally renowned Company and prestigious School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships students, as well as live music, free dance classes for all ages, children's activities, and raffles. The A La Calle Block Party is sponsored by Popular Bank, Nielson, AARP, and Wells Fargo. This event is free and open to the public.
About Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico, America's leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground.
The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company whose vision of social equity, cultural identity, and quality arts education for all drives its programs.
Ballet Hispánico, a role model in and for the Latino community, is inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.
Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director & CEO) joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico's legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine's 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit's WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award.
Major funding for Ballet Hispánico programming is provided by The Arnhold Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The Francis Lear Foundation, The MetLife Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.
Programming is also made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Choose the Tablao experience you desire at one of our two shows: the 7:00PM set will feature the classic cuadro with dancing, singing and guitar to explore the most traditional aspects of the art form and the 8:30PM set will feature a contemporary spin to the traditional Tablao allowing for new modes of interpretation by offering a 21st century lens on this 200 year-old art form.
All tickets begin at $25 and include a glass of wine. Take advantage of our premier ticketing option to enjoy an array of complimentary tapas, a bottle of wine, and an enhanced viewing experience.
Tickets to Ballet Hispánico Flamenco Tablao: Maria de los Angeles - 7:00 PM Set:
Tickets to Ballet Hispánico Flamenco Tablao: Maria de los Angeles - 8:30 PM Set:
We hope you will join us for this Flamenco-filled evening, Olé!
Two hundred years after the initial influences that melded to create flamenco, our 21st century lens is offering us new modes of interpretation that can keep the art evolving. From breaking down gender roles to incorporating non-traditional and recorded music and revisiting the role of props, a contemporary approach to the art form pushes us to the limit of defining what is Flamenco.
About Maria de los Angeles
Mary began her Flamenco dance studies at Ballet Hispánico with Melinda Marquez in 1998. After apprenticing with the American Bolero Dance Company, at the invitation of founder Gabriela Granados, she spent two summers at the Cristina Hereen program in Sevilla, studying with Carmen Ledesma, Rafael Campallo and Milagros Menjibar. As a scholarship recipient she attended Jacob's Pillow, studying with Soledad Barrio. For two years she lived in Madrid, Spain studying with Concha Jareno, Immaculada Ortega and Alfonso Losa at Amor de Dios studios. Since her tablao debut at Alegrias en La Nacional, she has been performing regularly with local artists. As the co-founder and artistic director of Al Margen Flamenco she conceptualizes, choreographs, and performs in full length productions. She has been an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana's AiRe Program, and choreographed her first solo piece, The Suffocating Breath in 2018.
Ryan Rockmore is a flamenco dancer and researcher in New York. He has studied with Carmen Ledesma, Merche Esmeralda, La Choni, Victorio Korjhan, La Meira, Rafaela Carrasco, and Marco Flores. His performance experience includes venues throughout New York, London, Madrid, and Sevilla. He conducted research in Spain as a Fulbright grantee, and completed a Master’s in Dance Anthropology, from Roehampton University. Most recently, he presented works exploring queerness and flamenco at Dixon Place and as an artist in residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Rockmore continues to investigate and publish on the intersections of identity politics, gender performance, and flamenco.
Alfonso Cid was born in Sevilla. His mother, an amateur singer, and his grandfather were his earliest influences. He also attended the activities of the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena. He attended classes at the Cristina Heeren Foundation for Flamenco on July 2007 and 2008. Alfonso recorded on the hit song “Mi Santa” by Romeo Santos and the great guitarist Tomatito. Alfonso has toured the USA, Latin-America, Israel and Europe. He just toured Spain, France and Italy with the jazz/flamenco band New Bojaira, which has just released an album titled “Zorongo Blu”. He released “Flamenco de vuelta e ida” with the band “Gazpacho Andalú” and an album and three singles with his rock band “Dientes de Caramelo".
Jeremy Smith is a percussive artist whose versatility allows him to move among numerous musical worlds. While the foundation of his playing comes from his Western classical training at The Juilliard School, Jeremy's capabiltes in percussion are representative of the radically globalized world in which we live. He draws inspiration from modern and folkloric percussion styles, techniques, and instruments, such as those found in the Middle East, North Africa, South America, Spain, India and the U.S. to create percussive voices that are both ancient and new.
About Ballet Hispánico Flamenco Tablao
Ballet Hispánico's Flamenco Tablao contributes to the visibility of the art form by providing a performance space for dancers, uniquely connecting artists from the field at large with Ballet Hispánico alumni and rising School of Dance pre-professional students. Ballet Hispánico creates the ambiance of a New York City flamenco nightclub for an evening of wine, tapas, and intimate performance by seasoned professionals, emerging artists, and aspiring students.
“This is my second time returning to my homeland since I left at age six,” said Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of Ballet Hispanico. “I return as a cultural ambassador, bringing our amazing troupe of dancers for Ballet Hispanico’s first performance there. We are thrilled to share our art with the entire world, bringing new perspectives to our cultural dialogue.”
“For Ballet Hispanico to be performing at this prestigious Latino dance festival is an honor and fits beautifully with our mission. It is a testament to the continued growth of the organization,” said Kate Lear, chair of Ballet Hispanico’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to share our stories and the artistry of our dancers with national and international audiences. Art has no boundaries; it travels past social and political borders.”
Since its inception, Ballet Hispanico’s contemporary repertory has reflected the ever-changing diversity of Latino culture, showcased masterfully by some of “the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary sphere” (The Washington Post).
The program at the International Ballet Festival of Havana will include:
Asuka by Eduardo Vilaro
Asuka is a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz through the lens of the Latino experience. Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," captured the heart of Latinos the world over and became a symbol of perseverance for many. Through rich imagery and humor, Eduardo Vilaro explores the struggles of departure from one’s homeland and the exuberance of success experienced by a community.
Sortijas by Cayetano Soto to the music of Lhasa de Sela
Cayetano Soto, one of the most dynamic and groundbreaking Spanish choreographers of his generation, is known for his musicality, attention to detailed technique, and expressive choreography. In Sortijas, a darkly lush duet full of emotional complexity, he ponders the unavoidable pull of fate in our lives. Costume design is by Munich-based fashion designers Talbot Runhof.
Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
An absorbing exploration of identity, Sombrerísimo makes references to the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats. This athletic work for six male dancers was commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival.
El Beso by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano presents his first work for Ballet Hispanico, a spirited look at the nuances of a kiss set to Spanish Zarzuela music and featuring original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez.
ABOUT BALLET HISPANICO
Celebrating 44 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s premier Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works expand on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin, and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion. The Company has performed for an audience of over 3 million, throughout 11 countries, and on 3 continents. For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.
EDUARDO VILARO, a first generation Cuban-American, began as artistic director of Ballet Hispanico in August of 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. Mr. Vilaro has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985. As a dancer with the Ballet Hispanico Company, he performed throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe and assisted founder Tina Ramirez with the development of dance education residencies. Mr. Vilaro is also an accomplished choreographer, having created works for the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lexington Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, and over 20 ballets for Luna Negra Dance Theater, the company he founded in Chicago. He received a B.F.A. in Dance from Adelphi University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago, where he served as Artist-in-Residence at The Dance Center. Mr. Vilaro was a guest speaker at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders and the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, and continues to speak to the growing need for cultural diversity and dance education.
The International Ballet Festival of Havana that arrives to its edition number 24 is one of the oldest of all celebrated to a world scale. Founded in 1960, by virtue of a close collaboration among the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, the National Institute of the Tourism Industry and the Revolutionary Government's cultural organisms, the Festival turned quickly into one of the most important events in national Cuban culture and in the international world of dance. With non competitive character, it has allowed our public to enjoy the performances and the creative work of noted figures of the world dance and at the same time has shown the visiting personalities the development reached by the Cuban ballet.