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.

Creative Team

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa


Nancy Meckler

Artistic Collaborator

Peter Salem


Mark Eric

Costume Design

Christopher Ash

Lighting, Set, and Video Design


Christopher Annas-Lee

Associate Lighting Designer/Programmer

Isabella Gill

Assistant Lighting Designer


Stacey Davila

Wardrobe Director

Adrian White

Director of Production

Caitlin Brown

Lighting Supervisor

Brian McCorkle

Audio Supervisor

Morgan Lemos

Stage Manager

Artistic Leadership

Eduardo Vilaro

Artistic Director & CEO

Tina Ramirez


Johan Rivera

Artistic Associate and Rehearsal Director

The Company

Fatima Andere


Amir Baldwin


Chris Bloom


Leonardo Brito


Antonio Cangiano


Amanda del Valle


Ana Estrada


Alexander Haquia


Paulo Hernandez-Farella


Cori Lewis


Dylan Dias McIntyre


Hugo Pizano Orozco


Omar Rivéra


Isabel Robles


Gabrielle Sprauve


Dandara Veiga


Isabella Vergara


Mariano Zamora



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.


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) joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual, and historical essence of Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet, and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine’s 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit’s WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. In 2022, Mr. Vilaro was included in Crain’s New York lists of Notable Hispanic Leaders and Notable LGBTQ Leaders; and was acknowledged as one of Forbes’ Kings of Culture, Legends of Business.

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 (Artistic Associate and Rehearsals 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.


FATIMA ANDERE Originally from Mexico, Fatima Andere moved to Miami, FL at an early age where she began her training with Artistic Dance Center under the direction of Elizabeth Nuevo and Lissette Lucas. She graduated from Florida State University in 2020 with a BFA in Dance. While at FSU she performed works by George Balanchine, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Ilana Goldman, Anjali Austin, Millicent Johnnie and Francisco Graciano. Fatima has trained with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of the Arts, BODYTRAFFIC, and Ballet Hispánico ChoreoLab. She joined Dance NOW! Miami for their 2021/22 season where she had the honor of performing works by José Limón, Isadora Duncan, and Daniel Lewis. This is her first season with Ballet Hispánico.

AMIR BALDWIN (Trenton, NJ) received his BFA in Dance with a minor in American Sign Language from Montclair State University Spring of 2022. His dance training consists of Ballet, Modern, Horton, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Capoeira and more. Amir has also worked closely with choreographers such as Matthew Rushing, Clifton Brown, Frederick Earl Mosley, Helen Pickett, Jessie Obremski.. training through facilities such as Ballet Hispanico 2018-2019 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and E.M.I.A. Through out his training Amir has had the opportunity to work professionally with Bloc Talent Agency, working with different companies such as Conscious Step, BET Awards, Ulta Beauty, and Google. Amir lives by a Nelson Mandela quote“ I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear (Nelson Mandela).”

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

ANA ESTRADA Originally from Hermosillo, Son, México, Ana started training with Gabriela Estrada. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance and a BS in Marketing. She has trained in companies including as Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Arizona, and Kegwin and Company. Ana has been a part of various dance companies and projects in Mexico and USA including BH Dos, NYC Opera, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Numbus Dance Works, Broadway Christmas Wonderland National Tour, Hope Boykin (Alvin Ailey), Moving Borders Dance Company, Laleget Danza, La Infinita Cía (dancer and rehearsal director), Oscar Ruvalcaba Cía, H Dance Group, Tania Perez Salas Cía, Oscar Carapia’s Aquí Estamos TV Show, and Sugar - The Musical (swing). She has toured nationally and internationally with renowned singers Pepe Aguilar’s Jaripeo Sin Fronteras USA and MX Tour, and Angela Aguilar (USA and México). Ana has also been a part of Film and Television projects such as Amazon Prime’s “Ana”, the series, and Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu’s new film: Bardo. This is her first 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. 

DYLAN DIAS MCINTYRE From West Palm Beach, Florida, Dylan McIntyre started dancing at Palm Beach Ballet Center when he was 8 years old. When he was 16 he moved to Tampa to be a trainee with Next Generation Ballet. After 2 years he joined Richmond Ballet to complete his training and then started his professional career with Richmond Ballet's second company. In 2019 he became a company dancer with Ballet Memphis where he danced for three seasons, and he participated in a season with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance in the summer of 2022. This is Dylan’s first season dancing with Ballet Hispanico and he is beyond eager to be part of this company.

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. 

ISABELLA VERGARA is a multifaceted Mexican-American dancer from Westfield, NJ. She began her early dance training at Center For Dance Education in Clark, NJ. She went on to further her dance studies in Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Gifted and Talented Honors Dance Program in Bridgewater, NJ. Isabella graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance from Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University, where she
received the Marjorie J. Turner Choreography Prize in 2018. Throughout college, she performed works by renowned artists such as Yvonne Rainer, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, and Maxine Doyle. She also had the opportunity to perform in prestigious venues, namely the Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Joyce Theater. In 2019, Isabella joined Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, where she started training in baile folklórico. By her third year in the company she began dancing principal roles. Throughout her career, Isabella has been a freelance dancer in the greater New York area, working with project-based companies, including Dzul Dance and Oca Dance. Isabella has been a part of the Ballet Hispánico community since 2018. She attended ChoreoLaB under the Nuestro Futuro Scholarship in 2018 and 2022. She then joined the School of Dance as a faculty member for the early childhood program and completed the Pa’lante Scholars Professional Studies Program as part of the inaugural cohort in 2021-2022. This is her first 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. 


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.


STACEY DÁVILA is from San Juan, Puerto Rico where she worked for the fashion design line Ecliptica. This is when Norein and Michelle Otero inspired Stacey to pursue a career in Costume Design. It was her love for costumes, storytelling, and collaboration that made her relocate to Tampa, Florida where she completed a bachelors in Costume Design at The University of South Florida. Stacey has designed for choreographers like Andrew Carroll, Bliss Kohlmyer, Maurice Causey, John Parks, Michael Foley, and Paula Nuñez. Stacey relocated to NYC in 2017 where she started working with Live In Theatre and Ballet Hispánico. She is currently the Wardrobe Director for Ballet Hispánico.

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). 

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. 

BRIAN MCCORKLE has been mixing live audio professionally for over 20 years in addition to parallel careers as a composer, performer, and academic. McCorkle received degrees in Literature and Music Technology from University of Michigan in 2007 and is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Applied Math from SUNY Albany.


Doña Perón was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This production was made possible by support from contributors to the Perry Granoff New Works Project. Doña Perón on tour is sponsored by the MetLife Foundation, an Official Tour Sponsor of Ballet Hispánico. The 2022-2023 Ballet Hispánico National Tour is made possible by JPMorgan Chase, an Official Tour Sponsor.

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