Ballet Hispanico to Perform at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State

Ballet Hispanico to Perform at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA presents Ballet Hispánico on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 8pm. For tickets, call or visit the Luckman Box Office at 323-343-6600 or

America's premier Latino dance organization for more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance. The iconic New York City-based company will perform a trio of works from their celebrated repertoire: Línea Recta, choreographed by Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, pairs the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with innovative and intricate partnering, performed to an original guitar composition by Eric Vaarzon Morel. The evening also features Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro's Danzón, which puts a contemporary spin on the national dance of Cuba, and Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's colorful, amusing and fast-moving Flabbergast, set to music by Juan García Esquivel.

Founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico has been led since 2009 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, who has infused the organization's legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America's changing cultural landscape. Through performances of its internationally acclaimed Company, innovative dance training programs, and community education activities that inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds, Ballet Hispánico brings the joy of dance and Hispanic culture to the world.

This performance marks the second time in two consecutive seasons that the company will appear on the Luckman stage.

During Ballet Hispánico's stay in Los Angeles, and in keeping with its mission to make the beauty of the arts and Latino culture accessible to all communities, the Company will also host a two-week residency at Garfield Senior High School for students interested in the world of dance and technical production. Two teams of students will study these separate skills that come together on stage. Dance students will experience a diverse array of dance forms and techniques with two of the Company's principal dancers, while students studying technical production will immerse themselves in the basics of how to run a stage and design a light plot with Ballet Hispánico Technical Director Joshua Preston.

Ballet Hispánico's Luckman Fine Arts Complex Program:

Línea Recta (2016) - West Coast Premiere

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

From one of today's most sought-after choreographers comes a powerful and resonant work that explores an intriguing aspect of flamenco dance: the conspicuous absence of physical contact between dancers. While maintaining the integrity and hallmark passion of the genre, Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa imagines an original and explosive movement language premised upon the theme of communication between the sexes and performed to an original guitar composition by Eric Vaarzon Morel. Línea Recta came to fruition through Ballet Hispánico's Instituto Coreográfico, an innovative choreography lab program for Latino dance makers.

Danzón (2012)

Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro

Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Having evolved from the Haitian contradance, its history is steeped in the fusion of cultures. But danzón is also used throughout Latin America as a term of celebration, a coming together of community and a way of maintaining identity. Fusing Afro-Cuban social dance movements with contemporary and classical dance forms, Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it as a joyous celebration of music and movement.

Flabbergast (2001)

Choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano

Latin lounge meets spontaneous combustion in this quirky yet joyful piece set to the music of Juan García Esquivel. Inspired by his experience of coming to America for the first time, choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano exposes with humor our stereotypes and preconceived ideas about new and foreign places. Flabbergast is dedicated to the choreographer's mother, who taught him how to dance the bayón.

ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA (Choreographer) is a sought-after Belgo-Colombian choreographer that since 2003 has created works for more than 40 companies around the world such as Scapino Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, GenEva Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gothenburg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet, Ballet Hispánico, Morphoses Wheeldon Company, Whim W'Him, IncolBallet de Colombia, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza Madrid, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Ballet Saarbrucken, Augsburg Ballet, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet Moscow, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, West Australian Ballet, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Ballet Nacional Chileno, Ballet Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz Munchen, Ballet Manila, Daniil Simkin Intensio