Ballet Hispanico to Play Two-Week Season at The Joyce Theater, 4/15-27
Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to The Joyce Theater from April 15-27, 2014 with 15 performances featuring four dynamic programs. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now.
The extraordinary lineup of works, curated by Eduardo Vilaro in his fourth year as Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, features El Beso, a stunning world premiere by Spanish native Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with original costumes by internationally renowned fashion designer Angel Sanchez. Other highlights include three Joyce premieres: Sombrerísimo, Belgo-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's athletic tour de force for six male dancers; Umbral, Edgar Zendejas's seductive interpretation of the beloved Mexican celebration "Día de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead); and Eduardo Vilaro's Hogar, a moving meditation on immigrant identity and the meaning of home set to live music by masterful Russian composer Ljova (Program B only). Nacho Duato's masterwork Jardi Tancat, the Joyce premiere of Edwaard Liang's lush duet A Verme, and repertory favorites from Vilaro and Lopez Ochoa round out the colorful season.
"It's been a gift to work with so many talented artists and collaborators this season," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. "I'm thrilled to introduce New York audiences to the work of Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, who paired with the fashion maverick Angel Sanchez, has created a feast for the eyes. Ms. Lopez Ochoa's Sombrerísimo was an audience favorite at the Fall for Dance Festival in September and I'm sure it will continue to enthrall audiences at The Joyce. I'm also proud to say that this is our third consecutive New York Season to feature live music-the beloved Latino tradition of marrying dance with live music is one that Ballet Hispanico seeks to uphold."
An Opening Night Celebration with the Ballet Hispanico dancers and artists will take place at El Cid, 174 Eighth Ave. at 19th Street on Tuesday, April 15th following that evening's performance. Advance tickets to the celebration featuring Spanish tapas, wine and sangria are $50 ($60 at the door) and can be purchased online at ballethispanico.org.
Ballet Hispanico's New York Season at The Joyce Theater - April 15-27, 2014
El Beso (2014) - World Premiere
Choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Award-winning Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano (a Dance Magazine "25 to Watch" pick) premieres his first commission for Ballet Hispanico, a tongue-in-cheek ode to the kiss and its varying manifestations, with original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez.