Ballet Hispanico Headed to Miami Under Artistic Leadership of Eduardo Vilaro, 6/6-7

Ballet Hispanico Headed to Miami Under Artistic Leadership of Eduardo Vilaro, 6/6-7

Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its first visit to Miami under the artistic leadership of Eduardo Vilaro to perform at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on June 6-7, 2014. Highlights of the program include the world premiere of Show.Girl. by Miami-based choreographer Rosie Herrera, live music by the GRAMMY winning Paquito D'Rivera Ensemble, and acclaimed works by Cuban-American Vilaro and Spanish native Cayetano Soto. The Arsht Center is located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL.Tickets are $30-90 and are available at 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.

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 Company's visit to Miami will include arts education offerings for the community, including in-school performances at three Miami-Dade County schools with predominantly Hispanic and African-American student populations: the Hubert O. Sibley Elementary School, Mae M. Walters Elementary School, and St. Phillip's Episcopal School. Ballet Hispanico will also teach a master class at the New World School of the Arts, the alma mater of Company dancers Joshua Winzeler and Johan Rivera Mendez.

Following the performance on Saturday, June 7, there will be a post-performance Q&A with Ballet Hispanico company dancers and Artistic Director in the Ziff Ballet Opera House.

Part of the Arsht Center's 2013-2014 Knight Masterworks - Ziff Signature Dance Series

The program at the Arsht Center includes:

Show.Girl., a World Premiere by Rosie Herrera

Miami-based choreographer and 2013 Princess Grace Award winner Rosie Herrera debuts her first work for Ballet Hispanico, one that uses the Cuban cabaret aesthetic to explore the Latina female identity. Show.Girl. was commissioned by the Arsht Center and the prestigious American Dance Festival, where Herrera has been invited to show her work for three consecutive years.

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.

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.

Danzónby Eduardo Vilaro with live music by the GRAMMY-winning Paquito D'Rivera Ensemble

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.