Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
Music: “You’ve Changed” by Carey/Fischer, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
“Danzón” by Paquito D'Rivera, arr. by M. Summer
“A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie/F. Paparelli, arr. by D. Balakrishnan
Reorchestrated by Alex Brown
Costume Design by Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston
Initially evolved from Haitian contradance, the Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary language to construct a joyous celebration of music and movement.
The creation of “Danzón” was made possible through generous support from the Chicago Community Trust. Additional support was provided by the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.
Ballet Hispánico Premiere: December 1, 2012 at the Apollo Theater
Photos by Christopher Duggan