In an evening of works that span Latinx cultures, the Ballet Hispánico Company celebrates their fiftieth anniversary. It is an eclectic fusion of contemporary and Latin dance forms creating the space for a cultural dialogue and an immersive arts experience.
Led by Artistic Director and acclaimed choreographer Eduardo Vilaro, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programmes, Ballet Hispánico brings individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore the Hispanic culture and experience through dance. This year’s programme features three diverse repertory performances:
In Tiburones, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa addresses the discrimination and stereotypes placed upon Latinx culture and the power the media has in portraying these themes by diminishing the voices of Latinx artists. Ochoa will deconstruct gender roles and identity to revitalise an authentic perspective of Puerto Rican icons appropriated within the entertainment industry.
Con Brazos Abiertos
Michelle Manzanales explores with humility, nostalgia and humour the iconic Mexican symbols that she was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas. Intertwining folkloric details with a distinctly contemporary voice in dance, set to music that ranges from Julio Iglesias to rock en Español, Con Brazos Abiertos is a fun and frank look at a life caught between two cultures.
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A celebration of Gustavo Ramírez Sansanoʼs 19 years as a choreographer and the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavour. In a display of subtle humour and electric choreography, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Pérez Pradoʼs mambo music as Sansano draws from his history and memory to take a joyous look at the past, present, and coming future.
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