Ballet Hispanico


   •   APRIL 15-27, 2014



Tickets start at $10!

Be delighted by fourteen of “the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary sphere” (The Washington Post) as they take the Joyce stage. Featured in Programs A and B is El Beso, a stunning world premiere by Spanish native Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez. Other highlights include three Joyce premieresSombrerísimo, 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 Artistic Director 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. 

PROGRAM A: April 15* & 16 at 7:30pm; April 17-19 at 8:00pm; April 20 at 7:30pm
Umbral, Sombrerísimo, El Beso
*Join our Opening Night Celebration with the artists--purchase party tickets HERE.

PROGRAM B: April 22 & 23 at 7:30pm; April 24-26 at 8:00pm
Mad’moiselle, Hogar with live music by Ljova and the Pinky Swear Brigade, El Beso

PROGRAM C: April 19, 20* & 26 at 2:00pm

Jardi Tancat, Sombrerísimo, Asuka
*Show on 4/20 includes post-performance Q&A with Ballet Hispanico Artistic Director and dancers

PROGRAM D: April 27** at 2:00pm
Jardi Tancat, A Verme, Sombrerísimo, Mad’moiselle
**Specially programmed to celebrate retiring Ballet Hispanico dancer Vanessa Valecillos


In person: Joyce Theater Box Office, 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street
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Groups of 8 or more:*
*Groups of 8 or more get 20% off for Tues, Wed, Thurs performances and weekend matinees; groups of 20 or more get 20% off for Fri and Sat evening shows


Umbral (2013) - Joyce Premiere

Edgar Zendejas
Edgar Zendejas’s first commission for Ballet Hispanico—set to original music by Owen Belton—draws viewers into the ethereal world that is at the heart of the beloved Mexican celebration “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead).

Sombrerísimo (2013) - Joyce Premiere 

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. Commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival


El Beso (2014) - World Premiere

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 high-spirited look at the nuances of a kiss set to Spanish Zarzuela music with original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez.         


Mad'moiselle (2010) 

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Mad’moiselle creates a world that explores iconic male/female images and gender identity in Latin American cultures. Through rich imagery and theatrical satire, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa weaves a tongue-in-cheek look at the Marias in all our lives.




Hogar (2013) - Joyce Premiere

Eduardo Vilaro
Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro unveils his latest work for Ballet Hispanico, a moving meditation on immigrant identity and the meaning of home created in collaboration with acclaimed Russian composer Ljova to original music.       

    Jardi Tancat (1983) 

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.


    Asuka (2011) 

Eduardo Vilaro
Asuka is a celebration of the music of Celia Cruz through the lens of the Latino experience. Cruz, renowned as the "Queen of Salsa," captured the heart of Latinos the world over and became a symbol of perseverance for many. Through rich imagery and humor, Eduardo Vilaro explores the struggles of departure from one’s homeland and the exuberance of success experienced by a community.



A Verme (2012) - Joyce Premiere

Edwaard Liang
A Verme or “Into Me See,” a duet set to the lush music of Ezio Bosso, explores the concept of intimacy and the push and pull of energy that connects two individuals. The piece follows the tension and release of a timeless attraction between two lovers outside of time and space.  





Photos: Paula Lobo, Christopher Duggan, Jonathan Mackoff, Eduardo Patino NYC, Jeaux McCormick, Rosalie O'Connor
Ballet Hispanico’s 2014 New York season is made possible by Jody and John Arnhold, Goya Foods, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Princess Grace Foundation - USA and with public support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain & Spain Arts & Culture.                                                                 

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