Ballet Hispanico


   •   APRIL 14-26, 2015



Tickets start at $10!

Under Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispanico has melded its Latino roots with an eclectic, sleekly modern style that has made it one “of the best contemporary repertory ensembles” (The New York Times). For its Joyce season, the company unveils Conquer, a raw and athletic world premiere by Mexico-based choreographer Miguel Mancillas, and the dazzling New York premiere of Show.Girl. by Miami-based award-winning choreographer Rosie Herrera. Program B showcases the Joyce premiere of an evening-length “masterpiece” (Chicago Sun-Times): CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, a Picasso-inspired contemporary take on Bizet’s beloved classic. Also on tap is the return of Ramírez Sansano’s much-praised El Beso, audience favorite Sombrerísimo by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Celia Cruz-inspired Asuka by Cuban-American Vilaro. Imaginative and theatrical, Ballet Hispanico’s diverse programs promise to “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” (The Washington Post).

PROGRAM A: Apr 14 & 15 at 7:30pm; Apr 16-18 at 8pm; Apr 19 at 7:30pm
Show.Girl., Conquer, El Beso

PROGRAM B: Apr 21 & 22 at 7:30pm; Apr 23-25 at 8pm

PROGRAM C: Apr 19 & 25 at 2pm

Conquer, Sombrerísimo, El Beso 

PROGRAM D: Apr 26 at 2pm*
Show.Girl., Good Night Paradise, Sombrerísimo, Asuka
*Specially programmed to celebrate retiring Ballet Hispanico dancer Jessica Alejandra Wyatt

SATURDAY EN FAMILIA Program: Apr 18 at 2pm
Bring the whole family to a 90-minute, fun-filled journey through Latin American dance and culture featuring excerpts from Ballet Hispanico’s diverse repertory (Asuka, CARMEN.maquia, Sombrerísimo, El Beso) and a Q&A with the dancers. Hosted by Ballet Hispanico Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, our fun, interactive and educational Performances for Young People—now in their 30th year—give families a glimpse into the beauty of the arts and Latino culture. All tickets $25.


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


Conquer (2015) - World Premiere

Miguel Mancillas
A raw and athletic world premiere by Mexico-based choreographer Miguel Mancillas that explores, through notions of power and possession, the ways in which we seek to conquer spaces and people. Mr. Mancillas’s work came to fruition through Ballet Hispanico’s Instituto Coreográfico, an innovative choreography lab program for Latino dance makers. VIDEO TEASER available here.

Show.Girl. (2014) - New York Premiere 

Rosie Herrera
A dazzling New York premiere by Miami-based, award-winning choreographer Rosie Herrera, Show.Girl. uses the Cuban cabaret aesthetic to explore the Latina female identity. Ms. Herrera’s work was commissioned in part by American Dance Festival and came to fruition through Ballet Hispanico’s Instituto Coreográfico, an innovative choreography lab program for Latino dance makers. VIDEO TEASER available here.


CARMEN.maquia (2014) - Joyce Premiere

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired contemporary take on Bizet’s beloved classic. The physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco. A stunning set design by Luis Crespo and minimalist black-and-white costumes by fashion designer David Delfin evoke the paintings of Pablo Picasso. Highly original and full of elaborate partnering, CARMEN.maquia is a bold and electrifying reimagining of this tragic tale. VIDEO TEASER available here. BEHIND THE SCENES video available here.       


Sombrerísimo (2013) 

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. The work was commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival. VIDEO TEASER available here. "With its elastic groupings, acrobatic partnering, and touches of Latin sexiness, Sombrerísimo [was] the liveliest dance of the evening.... The audience roared." --The New York Times


El Beso (2014)

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Award-winning Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano presents a spirited look at the nuances of a kiss set to Spanish Zarzuela music and featuring original costumes by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez. VIDEO TEASER available here. “Full of bold, astute, unexpected choices…. Let’s see more from Mr. Sansano soon.” --The New York Times     

    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. VIDEO TEASER available here. "High-energy and colorful." --Chicago Dance Digest



Good Night Paradise (1994)

Ramón Oller
Catalan lyrics, haunting tableaus, and relationships that stem from the dark side of the heart shape this powerful and highly physical piece of dance theater by Catalan modernist Oller. "One of the most riveting dance pieces of the year.... No one interested in experimental work of any kind can afford to miss it." --The New York Times  





Photos: Sebastian Gil Miranda, Grant Halverson, Paula Lobo

Ballet Hispanico’s 2015 season is made possible by Jody & John Arnhold, Goya Foods, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, 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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