Ballet Hispanico Returns to The Kennedy Center, 12/5-6

Ballet Hispanico, long recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization, returns to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 5-6, 2013 at 8pm. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566. Tickets are $22-60 and are available at 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600 or

Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2007, Ballet Hispanico returns with a dazzling mixed repertory program that will include Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato's Jardí Tancat, the D.C. premiere of Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto's Sortijas (Rings), the D.C. premiere of Sombrerísimoby Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Eduardo Vilaro's Danzón with live music by Paquito D'Rivera, who joins the company live onstage for this engagement.

The program includes:

Jardi Tancat

Choreography by Nacho Duato
Duato's very first work, based on Catalonian folk tales sung by Maria del Mar Bonet, won him first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop in Cologne. With equal shades of passion and melancholy, the ballet evokes the despairing yet hopeful prayers of Spaniards who wait for rain on their barren land.

Sortijas (D.C. Premiere)

Choreography by Cayetano Soto
In Sortijas, a darkly lush duet full of emotional complexity, Cayetano Soto ponders the unavoidable pull of fate in our lives.

Sombrerísimo (D.C. Premiere)

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

An absorbing exploration of individuality, Sombrerísimo is an athletic tour de force for six men, full of rhythmic agility and stylistic flair. The work was specially commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of its Fall for Dance Festival.

Danzón with live music by the GRAMMY-winning Paquito D'Rivera Ensemble

Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro

Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary movement riffs. The work plays on the fusion of jazz improvisation and Cuban rhythms, which propel the dancers into a joyous celebration of music and movement.

On December 5, there will be a free Explore the Arts post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company at The Kennedy Center. In addition, Ballet Hispanico's Education and Outreach team will visit area schools, such as The Columbia Heights Educational Campus, at which the company will host lectures, demonstrations and master classes.

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