Alejandro Cervera studied music at the Conservatorio Municipal Manuel de Falla and was trained in dance at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón and the School of Contemporary Dance directed by Oscar Araiz, all in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Between 1977 and 1985, Cervera was a member of the Contemporary Ballet of the Teatro General San Martin of Buenos Aires before assuming directorship of the company in 1985. His company was first invited to perform at the American Dance Festival and the Kennedy Center in the mid-1980s. Hailed as a leading creative force in his native Argentina, Cervera is widely acclaimed for his work, not only in dance, but in opera, theater and music. He has choreographed works for companies throughout Argentina, Mexico and, through the American Dance Festival. Presently, Cervera is the Executive Director of Prodanza, in Buenos Aires. TANGO VITROLA
Born in Valencia, Spain, award-winning choreographer and dancer Nacho Duato signed his first professional contract with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in 1980 and a year later Jirí Kylián brought him to the Nederlands Dans Theater in Holland. His first choreographic work, Jardí Tancat set to Catalanan music by fellow Spaniard del Mar Bonet, won him the first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop in
Inma García and Meritxell Barberá, both former contemporary dancers with the Spanish company Laboratori, launched their choreographic careers in 1999 by forming Taiat Dansa. Their cutting edge works feature collaborations with renowned artists of various disciplines. Since 2003, the duo's works have been performed all over Spain as well as in France, Belgium, Germany, and New York. A VUELTAS CON LOS OCHENTA
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is half-Colombian and half-Belgian, and completed her dance training at the Royal Ballet Academy in Antwerp, Belgium. She appeared with various German companies before joining Djazzex, a contemporary jazz-dance company in 1993. In 1997, she joined the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam for seven years as a soloist. Since leaving her performing career in 2003, Ochoa has so far created works for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, the Gothenburg Ballet, State Modern Ballet Ankara, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theater Chicago, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Whim W’Him, IncolBallet de Colombia, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza and Scottish Ballet. NUBE BLANCO
Cayetano Soto started his dance education in his hometown Barcelona at the Instituto del Teatro and continued his studies at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag. After receiving his degree, Cayetano danced with IT Dansa in Barcelona before joining the Ballet Theater Munich a year later. He created several successful pieces for the company in addition to award-winning works for the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Stuttgart Ballet.
Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispanico as Artistic Director in August 2009, following a ten-year record of achievement as Founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro is an accomplished choreographer, having created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and others such as the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lexington Ballet, and the Civic Ballet of Chicago. He has worked in collaboration with major dance and design artists as well as musicians like Paquito D'Rivera, Susana Baca, Luciana Souza, the Grant Park Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2001 he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award in choreography, and in 2003 he was honored at Panama's II International Festival of Ballet for his choreographic work. As a former principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America. He received a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University an MA in Interdisciplinary Art from Columbia College Chicago, where he served as Artist-in-Residence at The Dance Center. DANZON