Dance Victoria

Canadian Premiere of Doña Perón

April 8-9, 2022

Eduardo Vilaro

Artistic Director & CEO

Tina Ramirez

Founder

Johan Rivera

Associate Artistic Director


The Company

Chris Bloom

Dancer

Jared Bogart

Dancer

Leonardo Brito

Dancer

Simone Cameresi

Dancer

Antonio Cangiano

Dancer

Shelby Colona

Dancer

Amanda del Valle

Dancer

Alexander Haquia

Dancer

Paulo Hernandez-Farella

Dancer

Cori Lewis

Dancer

Laura Lopez

Dancer

Hugo Pizano Orozco

Apprentice

Omar Rivéra

Dancer

Isabel Robles

Dancer

Gabrielle Sprauve

Dancer

Dandara Veiga

Dancer

Lenai Alexis Wilkerson

Dancer

Mariano Zamora

Apprentice

Pa'lante Scholars

Nina Basu

Laura Perich


Glenn Allen Sims

Company Manager

Amy Page

Wardrobe Director

SK Watson

Production Manager

Caitlin Brown

Lighting Supervisor

Jimmy Kavetas

Audio Supervisor

Morgan Lemos

Stage Manager

Veronica Kulik

Wardrobe Assistant


Production Copyright 2022, Ballet Hispánico of New York, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Program is subject to change.

The taking of video, audio and photographs is strictly prohibited.


Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Choreographer

Nancy Meckler

Artistic Collaborator

Peter Salem

Music

Mark Eric

Costume Design

Christopher Ash

Lighting, Set, and Video Design

Christopher Annas-Lee

Associate Lighting Designer/Programmer

Isabella Gill

Assistant Lighting Designer


The Cast 

April 8-9, 2022

Eva "Evita" Perón Shelby Colona

Juan Perón Jared Bogart

Young Evita Nina Basu

The Descamisados 

Chris Bloom, Simone Cameresi, Antonio Cangiano, Amanda del Valle, Alexander Haquia, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, Cori Lewis, Laura Lopez, Hugo Pizano Orozco, Omar Rivéra, Isabel Robles, Gabrielle Sprauve, and Lenai Wilkerson


About the Work

Doña Perón is a portrait of Eva "Evita" Perón, one of the most recognizable, and controversial, women in Argentinian history. The illegitimate daughter of a wealthy landowner, Evita concealed this shameful past as she rose the ranks from dancehall performer to Argentina's First Lady - all before her untimely death at the age of 33. Doña Perón brings to light the extremes of power at the forefront of Evita's life. Her work as an activist and advocate for Argentina's women and underprivileged Argentine workers also known as Descamisados (shirtless ones), raised skepticism as she indulged in the opulence of a high-class life. A voice for the people, or a deceitful actress? Annabelle Lopez Ochoa explores these diverging legacies and more in her first-ever evening-length work for Ballet Hispánico.

Synopsis

The Icon

Evita delivers her final speech to the Descamisados. Suddenly, a vision of a young Evita takes us back in time. Faced by her Father and his other family, Evita is forced to relive the rejection and shame she faced early on in life.

Ascension

Evita arrives in Buenos Aires and dances seductively with several men, each more powerful than the last. As she climbs the social ladder, she transforms from a simple small-town girl to an elegant star, hungry for more.

His Military World

Evita attends a benefit surrounded by Argentina's powerful military and elite. The vision of the Young Evita appears again. Evita rushes to hide her from sight just in time to meet Juan Perón for the first time.

Evita's World of Radio

Evita’s power increases as her popularity grows on the radio. She is in her element as a voice for the people.

Building Perón's Image

Evita welcomes Juan Perón into her world using her access to the radio and prowess as a speaker to rally support around him. As he becomes more powerful, those against him rebel. The attempt to place Perón in political power fails, and Juan Perón ends in jail.

The Descamisados - Perón is Freed

The Descamisados unite and give strength to a struggling Evita. She is emboldened by their calls and rises as an advocate. The support of the Descamisados free Perón from prison and starts a new chapter of power for the Peróns. They marry and Evita becomes the first lady of Argentina. As the Peróns' power grows they stifle and destroy all opposition.

The Oligarchs Reject Evita

Evita tries to blend in amongst Argentina's oligarchs and aristocracy, all of whom reject her. The vision of Young Evita comforts the humiliated Evita and empowers her.

Gathering Power

Evita builds her popularity, giving out shoes to the Descamisados. She calls them to arms and to fight for their rights, acting out against the oligarchs and upper class who rejected and humiliated her.

The Final Moment

Succumbing to cancer, Evita dies in the arms of Perón. The Descamisados lead the funeral procession.

The Legacy

Evita and the Descamisados are engulfed by the iconography of her life. Evita's legacy remains. Even in death she is triumphant.


 Artist Bios

Artistic Leadership

EDUARDO VILARO (Artistic Director & CEO) is the Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico (BH). He was named BH's Artistic Director in 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since its founding in 1970, and in 2015 was also named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape.

Mr. Vilaro’s philosophy of dance stems from a basic belief in the power of the arts to change lives, reflect and impact culture, and strengthen community. He considers dance to be a liberating, non-verbal language through which students, dancers, and audiences of all walks of life and diverse backgrounds, can initiate ongoing conversations about the arts, expression, identity, and the meaning of community.

Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the Latin American experience in its totality and diversity, and through its intersectionality with other diasporas. His works are catalysts for new dialogues about what it means to be an American. He has created more than 40 ballets with commissions that include the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet and the Chicago Symphony.

A Ballet Hispánico dancer and educator from 1988 to 1996, he left New York, earned a master’s in interdisciplinary arts at Columbia College Chicago and then embarked on his own act of advocacy with a ten-year record of achievement as Founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago.

The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Mr. Vilaro received the Ruth Page Award for choreography in 2001; was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016; and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine’s2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, he received the West Side Spirit’s WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. In August 2020, City & State Magazine included Mr. Vilaro in the inaugural Power of Diversity: Latin 100 list. In January 2021, Mr. Vilaro was recognized with a Compassionate Leaders Award, given to leaders who are courageous, contemplative, collaborative, and care about the world they will leave behind. He is a well-respected speaker on such topics as diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts, as well as on the merits of the intersectionality of cultures and the importance of nurturing and building Latinx leaders.

TINA RAMIREZ (Founder) founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970 and served as Artistic Director until 2009. Under her direction, over 45 choreographers created works for the Company, many of international stature and others in the early stages of their career.

Ms. Ramirez was born in Venezuela, the daughter of a Mexican bullfighter and grandniece to a Puerto Rican educator who founded the island’s first secular school for girls. Her performing career included international touring with the Federico Rey Dance Company, the Broadway productions of Kismet and Lute Song and the television adaptation of Man of La Mancha.

In recognition of her enduring contributions to the field of dance, Ms. Ramirez received the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest cultural honor, in 2005. Juilliard awarded her an honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, in 2018. Numerous other awards include the Honor Award from Dance/USA (2009), the Award of Merit from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (2007), the Dance Magazine Award (2002), the Hispanic Heritage Award (1999), a Citation of Honor at the 1995 New York Dance and Performance Awards (the “Bessies”), the NYS Governor's Arts Award (1987), and the NYC Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts & Culture (1983).

JOHAN RIVERA (Associate Artistic Director) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and began his dance training at the School for the Performing Arts, PR under the direction of Waldo Gonzalez. Johan graduated Magna Cum Laude with his BFA from the New World School of the Arts/University of Florida in 2013. While there, he had the opportunity to perform the works of Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Peter London, Daniel Lewis, Merce Cunningham and Doris Humphrey as well as simultaneously working with local dance companies in Miami, Florida. During his tenure with the Ballet Hispánico Company, Johan had the pleasure of performing the ballets of choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Pedro Ruiz, and Eduardo Vilaro. In addition, he was a vital member of Ballet Hispánico’s Community Arts Partnerships team as a teaching artist while on tour and at home in NYC. Aspiring to further his knowledge and skills, Johan ventured into the world of higher education. In 2016, he received a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership with high honors, an achievement he dearly treasures as the first member of his family to have this opportunity. Upon graduation, Johan had the honor of mentoring and directing second company BHdos in the fall of 2016 before taking over as Rehearsal Director for Ballet Hispánico’s main Company. After four seasons as the Rehearsal Director, Johan transitioned to Ballet Hispánico's marketing department as the Digital Marketing Manager, playing a key role in the development and creation of the organization's virtual programming. Now, as the Associate Artistic Director, Johan supports the artistic curation for the Company and Ballet Hispánico's thought leadership programming alongside Artistic Director and CEO, Eduardo Vilaro.

Creative Team

ANNABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA (Choreographer) has been choreographing since 2003 following a twelve-year dance career in various contemporary dance companies throughout Europe. She has created works for sixty dance companies worldwide including Ballet Hispánico, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Compañía Nacíonal de Danza, Dutch National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Göteborg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, BJM-Danse Montréal, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, English National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, to name a few. In 2012, her first full length work, A Streetcar Named Desire, originally created for the Scottish Ballet, received the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for “Best Classical Choreography” and was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production the following year. Annabelle was the recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award 2019.

NANCY MECKLER (Artistic Collaborator) is a freelance director of theatre, film and dance based in London. She ran Shared Experience Theatre, a UK touring company, for over 20 years and has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe. Nancy was the first woman to direct at the National Theatre. She first collaborated with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in 2012 when they created their award winning ballet of Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet. Since then they have worked together on Broken Wings, Frida, and The Little Prince. She also directed two feature films for Channel Four including Alive and Kicking, a film about a dancer, which won the Audience Award at the London Film Festival.

PETER SALEM (Music) is currently divided between scores for contemporary ballet and film & television. His work with Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa includes the score for Scottish Ballet’s Olivier Nominated and South Bank Sky Arts Award-winning ballet a Streetcar Named Desire, English National Ballet‘s Broken Wings based on the life of Frida Kahlo, Frida for Dutch National Ballet and The Little Prince for BalletX. Other ballet scores include Atlanta ballet’s Camino Real based on the play by Tennessee Williams and Scottish Ballet’s The Crucible (both choreographed by Helen Pickett) for which he was nominated for a British Dance Award. His media work is also internationally renowned, principally his music for Call the Midwife (BBC) as well as other high profile productions including dramas such as Cider With Rosie, Five Daughters, Great Expectations (BBC) and documentaries including Francesco’s Venice and Simon Schama’s The Power of Art (BBC2). Extensive theatre work includes many scores for productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre and Shared Experience Theatre.

MARK ERIC (Costume Design) is a costume and fashion designer based in New York City, where he trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After designing for several New York City fashion houses, he discovered his passion for costuming for the stage. He enjoys bringing his couture fashion sensibility to his design, often employing artisanal techniques when creating his signature costumes. He has designed costumes for: Robert Battle, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Rennie Harris, Robbie Fairchild, Stefanie Batten Bland, Andrew McNicol, and Marguerite Donlon to name a few. He has costumed works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater, BalletX, Ballet Hispánico, Ailey II, among others. Instagram @MARKERICdesign.

CHRISTOPHER ASH (Lighting, Set, and Video Design) Philadelphia-based Designer and Filmmaker, Christopher Ash’s work has been seen in 13 countries and been recognized for 15 awards. Equally at home designing projections, scenery or lighting for theatre, opera, and dance as well as direction and cinematography for film. Christopher is currently involved in a multi-phase Guggenheim Works and Process commission with artist John Jarboe. He is also co-creator of an ongoing multi-sensory performance piece “Body Language” with Dublin based dance artist David Bolger and CoisCéim Dance Theatre.

Dancers

CHRIS BLOOM is from Fredrick County, VA where he began dancing at the Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts and the Vostrikov Academy of Ballet. Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2012. He has performed with numerous companies such as Parsons Dance, Lydia Johnson and the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Chris joined Ballet Hispánico in 2013 and has originated roles in new works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Edgar Zendejas, Miguel Mancillas, Fernando Melo, Michelle Manzanales, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Eduardo Vilaro. This is Chris’ 9th season with Ballet Hispánico. 

JARED BOGART is originally from Crystal River, FL where he spent his early years training at his parents’ dance school. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from Jacksonville University and trained during his summers at the Orlando Ballet School, Archcore40, Florida Dance Masters, and Florida Dance Festival. While in Jacksonville, Jared worked with artists such as Jennifer Muller, Robert Moses, Jennifer Archibald, and Stephanie Martinez. This is Jared’s 5th season with Ballet Hispánico. 

LEONARDO BRITO is from Saquarema, Brazil and trained with Projeto Primeiro Passo, before training at Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Miami City Ballet School, and The Ailey School. Leonardo has performed with companies such as Mariinsky Ballet, Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, Focus Cia de Danca, Dance Theater of Florida, Cia de Dança Renato Vieira, Companhia Nós da Dança, Alvin Ailey, and Ailey II. In 2016, Leonardo was awarded the III Brazilian Modern Dance Congress and he has performed works by Robert Battle, Jennifer Archibald, Troy Powell, Jae Man Joo, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Amy Hall Garner, Alex Neoral, Cassi Abranches, Ray Mercer and Bradley Shelver. He has also made appearances in Hong Kong Dance Magazine, Tommy Hilfiger Pride Campaign 2019, OUT Magazine May 2019 Issue and POSE FX Television series season 2. This is Leonardo’s 3rd season with the Ballet Hispánico. 

SIMONE CAMERESI was born in Italy and raised in Anaheim Hills, California where she trained at Murrieta Dance Project, Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, and Mather Dance Company. In 2013 and 2014, she was selected as a modern dance semifinalist in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, and in 2014, she was also selected as a YoungArts Foundation merit winner. She is a graduate of Fordham University and The Ailey School with a BFA in dance and a minor in New Media and Digital Design. This is Simone’s 3rd season with Ballet Hispánico. 

ANTONIO CANGIANO was born in Naples, Italy. He began his dance training at age sixteen and was awarded scholarships from Ateneo Danza (Forli), Accademia Normanna (Naples), and the Martha Graham Dance School in New York City. Cangiano has danced for the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Dardo Galletto Dance, Acsi Ballet, and Graham 2. In 2014, he made his first appearance at the Italian International Dance Festival dancing in a homage to Luigi, the “master of jazz,” by Dianna Folio, and received the Festival’s Rising Star Award in 2017. In 2016, he was selected to dance at the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary Season at New York City Center. This is Antonio’s 4th season with Ballet Hispánico. 

SHELBY COLONA grew up in Houston, Texas where she graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) with honors in dance. After graduating, she attended The Ailey School’s Certificate Program in 2011-2013. In addition to her education, she’s performed works by Robert Battle, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Billy Bell, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Graciela Daniele, among others and has performed with companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center, Lunge Dance Collective and BHdos prior to joining Ballet Hispánico. This is Shelby’s 7th season with Ballet Hispánico. 

AMANDA LAUREN DEL VALLE was born and raised in Miami, FL where she began her early training with Miami Youth Ballet under the direction of Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris. She continued her training at the New World School of the Arts with Mary Lisa Burns as the Dean of Dance. She graduated in 2016 with training in classical ballet, Horton, Limón, and the Graham technique. Amanda then continued her studies at Point Park University where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts under the direction of Garfield Lemonius. There she had the honor of working with Jennifer Archibald, Jessica Lang, Robert Priore, Christopher Huggins, and Yin Yue. This is Amanda’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. 

ALEXANDER HAQUIA grew up in Morris County, New Jersey and began his dance training at Nicole’s Broadway Dance Company at the age of 15.  He is currently a student in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program and has previously studied at the Taylor School, ABT, and the The School at Jacob’s Pillow as a summer intensive student. Alexander has worked with choreographers including Francesca Harper, Twyla Tharp, Helen Simoneau, Ronnie Favors, Pedro Ruiz, Ray Mercer, and Yusha Marie Sorzano.  He has performed at the Holland Dance Festival as well as in Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  This is Alexander’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. 

PAULO HERNANDEZ-FARELLA is a first-generation Salvadoran-American from Los Angeles, California. After four years at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, they attended the University of Southern California on a full-ride. In just four years, Paulo graduated with both a BFA in Dance from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and a Master’s in Public Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy. Paulo has been a scholarship student for a multitude of renowned schools such as the Juilliard School Summer Intensive, the Joffrey Ballet’s International Intensive, and Alonzo King LINES Intensive. Paulo is also one of seven 2016-2017 dance scholars with Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzyfeet Foundation. During their career Paulo has studied and performed the works of Forsythe, Kylián, Duato, Balanchine, Graham, Taylor, Petipa, Lopez-Ochoa, Rhoden, Cerrudo, Andrea Miller, Aszure Barton, and choreographed their own original work. This is Paulo’s 3rd season with Ballet Hispánico. 

CORI LEWIS grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana where she began her dance training at Lusher Charter School and The New Orleans Ballet Association. While at NOBA, she performed works by José Limón, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Martha Graham, David Parsons, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. She received her BFA in Dance with a Minor in Mathematics/Computer Science from SUNY Purchase. She performed for children across the greater New York area with BHdos for the 2018 season. This is Cori’s first season with Ballet Hispánico. 

LAURA LOPEZ is from Miami, FL, where she trained at Patricia Penenori Dance Center. She attended New World School of the Arts High School where she continued her dance training. Lopez was a 2013 Young Arts finalist and was nominated as a Presidential Scholar. In April 2016, she graduated New World College, where she received her BFA in Dance from the University of Florida. Lopez has danced professionally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Hispánico’s BHdos. She has attended summer programs at Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow and has performed the works of Eduardo Vilaro, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Robert Moses, and many more. This is Laura’s 4th season with Ballet Hispánico. 

HUGO PIZANO OROZCO (Apprentice) was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to New Mexico at an early age where he began his training with NDI-NM. He attended the New Mexico School for the Arts under the direction of Garrett Anderson. Hugo is currently a fourth-year dancer at the Juilliard School, where he will graduate with a BFA in Dance in 2022. During his time at Juilliard, he has had the pleasure of learning repertoire by Forsythe, Balanchine, Ratmansky, Taylor, Cunningham, Kylian, and Donald McKayle. Additionally, he has been a part of new creations by Marcus Jarrell Willis, Jamar Roberts, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Ohad Naharin. This is Hugo’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. 

OMAR RIVÉRA is originally from Los Angeles, CA. After moving to Dallas, Texas, Rivéra trained at Prodigy Dance & Performing Arts Centre under the direction of Camille Billelo. He graduated from the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, and was a part of HSPVA’s dance ensembles Repertoire Dance Company I & II, where he performed a variety of works by choreographers such as Robert Battle and Desmond Richardson. Rivéra was a scholarship student at the University of Arizona-School of Dance and graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2018. Rivéra was one of eight men selected to perform at The Joyce Theater for the José Limón International Dance Festival, and danced works by guest artists including Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Boiling Point, and Bella Lewitzky’s Meta4, among others. This is Omar’s 4th season with Ballet Hispánico. 

ISABEL ROBLES grew up in Reston, Virginia, where she began her training at Classical Ballet Theatre. During her high school years, she went on to attend The Houston Ballet Academy on scholarship for their year-round pre-professional program. She also trained at The Washington Ballet and Joy of Motion Dance Center before attending James Madison University to obtain her B.A. in Dance under Dean Rubén Graciani. While at JMU, Isabel had the pleasure to work with Kyle Abraham, Christian Warner, Omar Román De Jesús, Julie Nakagawa, and Ballet Hispánico. This is her first season with Ballet Hispánico. 

GABRIELLE SPRAUVE was born in Queens, NY and raised in Savannah,GA. She trained at the Academy of Dance and Savannah Arts Academy while also attending the Ailey School and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance summer programs. Gabrielle earned her BFA at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating in 2017. She has had the pleasure of performing with dance companies such as PARA.MAR Dance Theatre and Traverse City Dance Project. Gabrielle joined Ballet Hispanico in 2017, where she has performed works by choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Michelle Manzanales, Bennyroyce Royon, Eduardo Vilaro, Andrea Miller, Edwaard Liang, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. This is Gabrielle’s 5th season with the company.

DANDARA VEIGA is originally from Brazil where she began her dance training at Projeto Social Primeiros Passos, before training as a scholarship student at Escola de danca Ballerina. She also studied at Studio Margarita Fernandez in Argentina, Opus Ballet in Italy, and Annarella Academia de Ballet e Danca in Portugal. Dandara continued her training as a scholarship student at The Ailey School in 2016/2017. She has participated in dance festivals around the world and received scholarships from San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She has performed for the Vibe Competition, Assamblé International, Harlem Arts Festival, and the Ailey Spirit Gala. She has had the opportunity to work with artists Charla Gen, Robert Battle, Caridad Martinez, Claudia Zaccari, Jean Emille, Ray Mercer, Raul Candal, and Melanie Futorian. This is Dandara’s 5th season with Ballet Hispánico. 

LENAI ALEXIS WILKERSON is from Washington, D.C. where she attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. Lenai graduated from the University of Southern California as a Glorya Kaufman scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Political Science in 2019. She is one of the seven 2016-17 dance scholars to be awarded a scholarship from Nigel Lythgoe’s DizzyFeet Foundation. At USC Kaufman, Lenai performed the works of Forsythe, Kylián, Graham, Marshall, Barton, Balanchine, Grimes, and Rhoden, among others. Additionally, she has trained seasonally with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bolshoi Ballet, Miami City Ballet and with legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell. This is Lenai’s 3rd season with Ballet Hispánico. 

MARIANO ZAMORA GONZÁLEZ (Apprentice) is a Costa Rican artist residing in New York City. He began his training at Jazzgoba Dance Academy and later continued at CityDance School & Conservatory in Washington DC. He accepted a scholarship to pursue a BFA in Dance from the University of Southern California under the direction of Jodie Gates. Mariano also acquired a minor in Architecture to combine his visual and kinesthetic talents with functionality of form and space. He is eager to explore various platforms, on concert stages, commercially, and through media entertainment, as his artistic career takes off. This is Mariano’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. 

NINA BASU (School of Dance Pa’lante Scholar) hails from Tampa, Florida. She began her dance career at the age of 13 under the tutelage of Paula Nunez and Osmany Montano at America’s Ballet School. She primarily trained in ballet, dancing in roles such as Clara in the Nutcracker, Paquita in Paquita, and Little Red in Sleeping Beauty. In 2016, ballet took Nina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she attended The Rock School for Dance Education’s 2013 Summer Intensive, ultimately performing as a soloist in the ballet, Symphony in C. Although ballet has been her primary interest, she attended The Alonzo King Lines Ballet workshops from 2013-2015. After HS graduation, Nina completed her BA in Anthropology-Sociology in Baltimore, Maryland, and continued ballet as a teacher at Baltimore Ballet. Nina is currently a Pa’lante Scholar in Ballet Hispanico’s first professional studies training program, and is excited by these newly afforded opportunities. 

LAURA PERICH (School of Dance Pa’lante Scholar) was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela where she began her dance training at Academia Sol with Marisela Riera. She then moved to Houston, Texas where she continued her training with Catriona Steel at Allegro West Academy of Dance. Laura completed Ballet exams from Grade 1 through Advanced 2 from the Royal Academy of Dance. She received Distinctions all throughout her training which led her to be certified to teach RAD technique by the age of 16. While dancing with Allegro West, she also competed for Youth America Grand Prix, New York City Dance Alliance and other competitions. After graduating High School, Laura joined Texas Ballet Theater’s Studio Training Company under Kathy Warakomsky-Li and Leticia Oliveira. Laura has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Ben Stevenson, Kiki Lucas, Suzi Taylor, Andre Silva, Joe Lanteri, Sean Carmon, Vincent Hardy, Richard Freeman and Dorrel Martin. Laura is currently a Pa’lante Scholar in Ballet Hispánico’s Professional Studies Program under the direction of Rodney Hamilton and is honored to be part of this program. 

Designers

CHRISTOPHER ANNAS-LEE (Associate Lighting Designer/Programmer) is a multimedia artist specializing in Light, based in NYC. He is co-founder of The Circuit Theatre Company and Resident Lighting Designer of Night Drive (NYC, 2014>Pres), Mimi Garrard Dance (NYC, 2017>2022), and GALA Hispanic Theatre (DC, 2014>2019); as well as Lighting Supervisor with The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker (DC, 2019+2021) and Boston Dance Theatre (MA, 2019>Pres). Christopher holds a BFA in Lighting Design from North Carolina School of the Arts and was the 2014 Lighting Fellow at the J.F. Kennedy Center (Kenan Fellowship) and the 2017 Princess Grace Design Fellow (Fabergé Theater Award). His portfolio is available at www.annaslee.com.

ISABELLA GILL-GOMEZ (Assistant Lighting Design) (she/they) is a Latinx technician and designer based in Philadelphia. After receiving their BA in Theater from Temple University, they have collaborated with designers and companies around Philadelphia theatre scene such as the Lantern Theater Company, Phildelphia Theater Company, and Delaware Theater Company. Their upcoming project is with the Wilma Theater Company’s production of “The Cherry Orchard” as Associate Lighting Designer. Much love to Christopher Ash and Christopher Annas-Lee, the team, and her loved ones.

Production

GLENN ALLEN SIMS (Company Manager) performed for 23 years as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr. Sims grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey where he began his classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Tinton Falls, NJ. He received a scholarship to the Ailey School's Summer Intensive and attended The Juilliard School under Benjamin Harkarvy. Mr. Sims has been featured on several network television programs, including BET Honors, Dancing With The Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Sims, a master teacher, is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor and certified Pilates mat instructor. He has performed in the White House Dance Series and for the King of Morocco. He was featured on the cover of and has written a guest blog for Dance Magazine

SK WATSON (Production Manager) has worked as a lighting designer for live events and theater for nearly 20 years regionally and in New York. Watson was the lighting supervisor for New York Stage and Film for four seasons. They have designed and coordinated lighting for events and concerts in NYC for the past several years. Favorites include Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, War Child, Michael Kors, and many more. They have also worked extensively with theater companies in New York including Underling Productions, St. Bat's Players, Everyday Inferno, and others, and have designed over fifty productions for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Watson holds a BA from Centre College and an MFA in lighting design from Ohio University. They are thrilled to be working with Ballet Hispánico. 

AMY PAGE (Wardrobe Director) is a costume creator and wardrobe supervisor who is thrilled to return to Ballet Hispánico as their Wardrobe Director. She enjoys working with costume designers and artists to transform their dreams into reality. Through lightning-fast quick changes and marathon loads of laundry, her calm, capable presence brings a ray of sunshine to the backstage world. Her costumes have graced the stages of Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater and can be seen in the repertory of Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M., Dance Theater of Harlem, Keigwin & Company, Dorrance Dance, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She has had the pleasure of dressing Tatiana Maslany in Network, as well as the cast of Hamilton on Broadway and has worked in television as a costume fitter for seasons 3 and 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Amy holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

CAITLIN BROWN (Lighting Supervisor) has worked as a lighting designer for dance and theatre for eight years. She is a recent graduate of Ohio University receiving her MFA in lighting. Designs include Silent Sky (Ohio University), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Hangar Theatre), Septem (The Nouveau Sud Project), Elements (DanceFX Atlanta), Henri (Dance Theatre of Greenville), Freedom Train (Matthews Playhouse), and Hand to God (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte). Associate and Assistant credits include Macbeth (Ohio University), Sense & Sensibility (Indiana Repertory Theatre), and Rhinoceros (Tantrum Theatre). 

JIMMY KAVETAS (Audio Supervisor) is an Audio Engineer and Musician based in New York City, who's love for sound knows no bounds. He's worked on musicals, albums, festivals and now dance. Wherever there is sound, there's Jimmy. 

MORGAN LEMOS (Stage Manager) is happy to be working with Ballet Hispánico for their 2021-2022 tour season. They have previously worked on productions by Mount Holyoke College Dance Department where they graduated in 2020. During this time, they also performed for the Mount Holyoke College Dance Department as well as the Five College Dance Consortium and the Doug Varone and Dancers Company. Morgan holds a BA in physics from Mount Holyoke College. 

VERONICA KULIK (Wardrobe Assistant) is originally from Chicago, Illinois and received her dance training at Ruth Page Center for the Arts and the Chicago Public High School for the Arts. In 2020, she graduated with a B.F.A in dance from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia under the direction of Susan Shields. During her time at Mason, she interned under Cat Buchanan at Mason's School of Dance costume shop. She worked as part of the wardrobe crew for the Center of the Arts in Fairfax, VA, and dressed companies such as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Virginia Opera, Westminister Choir, and many others. Veronica has also worked for Carolyn Kostopoulos, of Carelli Costumes, at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC as part of the costuming department. Since moving to New York, Veronica has been dancing for Terre Dance Collective and is Alejandro Cerrudo's Company Assistant for his production of, It Starts Now. Veronica is beyond thrilled for her first tour with Ballet Hispánico. 

Ballet Hispánico Staff

Executive

EDUARDO VILARO, Artistic Director & CEO

Grace Azmitia, Executive Assistant

Company

Johan Rivera, Associate Artistic Director
Amy Page, Wardrobe Director
Glenn Sims, Company Manager
S. Watson, Production Manager
Caitlin Brown, Lighting Supervisor
Morgan Lemon, Stage Manager

School of Dance

Michelle Manzanales, Director, School of Dance
Kiri Avelar, Deputy School Director
Cecilia L. Cáceres, School of Dance Programs Manager​

Rodney Hamilton, Professional Studies Program Director
Rebecca Tsivkin, School of Dance Early Childhood Programs Associate

Victoria Vargas, Program Coordinator

Blythe Drucker, Communications & Engagement Associate
Doreen Miranda, School of Dance Finance Associate

Kiefer Rondina, School of Dance Registrar

Joshua Winzeler, School of Dance Artistic Associate

Georgina Greenleaf, School of Dance Administrative Assistant
Brianna Figueroa, Administrative Assistant

Community Arts Partnerships

Tamia Santana, Chief Engagement and Inclusion Officer

Natalia Mesa, Community Engagement Director

Mariana Ranz, CAP Program Manager​

Marisabel Vasconez, CAP Administrative Assistant

External Affairs

Lorraine A. LaHuta, Chief Development & Marketing Officer

Emily Mathis Corona, Assistant Director of Institutional Relations
Ashley Heckstall, Event Manager
Ellie Craven, Manager of Individual Giving

Mary Lintott, Development Assistant
Rolando G. Reyes Mir, Director of Marketing
Kelly Ireland, Content Marketing Manager​

Julio Carrillo, Digital Marketing Manager

Vincent Creer, Marketing Assistant

Finance

Fredrick V. Pandian, Chief Financial & Administration Officer
Nora Perez, Assistant Finance Manager

Mary Burns, Controller

Operations

Joshua Preston, Chief Operating Officer
Victor Millan, Facility Manager
Lynn Shipley, Operations Associate
Alexa Racioppi​, Front Desk Receptionist
Jonathan Duvelson, Front Desk Receptionist​
Dustin James, Front Desk Rececptionist

Daniel Chico, Handyman
Eric Gonzalez, Porter


MIL GRACIAS

Doña Perón was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and by the Perry Granoff New Works Project. The Ballet Hispánico New York Season is supported by the Shubert Foundation, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional support for Doña Perón is provided by Pam Crutchfield, and by Univision.

The Bienvenidos Ticket Program is made possible by Goya Foods. Major sponsorship of the Bienvenidos Ticket Program is provided by First Republic Bank.

MetLife Foundation is the Official Tour Sponsor of Ballet Hispánico, including Doña Perón on tour.

Generous support is provided by Jody & John Arnhold, Kate Lear & Jonathan LaPook, Samuel H. Scripps Foundation, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera & Stephen Dizard, Brian & Shirley Colona, James F. McCoy & Alfio J. Hernandez, Dhuanne & Douglas Tansill, The Lear Family Foundation, David Pérez & Milena Alberti-Pérez, Carole & Dudley Johnson, William Scannell & Sarah Reetz, Jose & Vanesa Tolosa, Popular Bank, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and Charles Wortman & Laura Baldwin.

Transformational funding for Ballet Hispánico is provided by MacKenzie Scott, the Ford Foundation America’s Cultural Treasures program, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Major support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Miranda Family Fund, the Scherman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, the Tatiana Piankova Foundation, the Prospect Hill Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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