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BALLET HISPÁNICO 2024-25 PRESS KIT

MISSION AND HISTORY

Founded by educator and choreographer, Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx/Hispanic cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement. For over 50 years, Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy and is now the largest Latine/x/Hispanic cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico continues to be a catalyst for cultural unity across its three programs: Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships.

Artistic Leadership

Photo Credit: Rachel Neville

Eduardo Vilaro
Artistic Director & CEO

EDUARDO VILARO 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 and 2023, 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.

"Ballet Hispánico shows what it is to be Latino in the modern world." - Financial Times

NEW WORK

SOR JUANA (2023)

MICHELLE MANZANALES

In this new work, Mexican American choreographer, Michelle Manzanales, explores the life and legacy of the iconic 17th-century Mexican feminist, poet, scholar, and nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Centuries after her death, Sor Juana’s story and integral voice in the feminist movement continue to inspire the world. This piece provides a glimpse into her life and connects us to the ongoing advocacy for women’s rights, and the rights of all who fight to live freely and safely as their authentic selves.

Photo By: Erin Baiano

BUSCANDO A JUAN (2023)

EDUARDO VILARO

"Buscando a Juan" reacts to the ideas presented in the "Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter" art exhibit. Originally premiered as a site-specific work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this MetLiveArts commission is reimagined for the stage, exploring the "sancocho"— literally, mixed soup—of cultures and diasporas. Through the exoticized body and fixation on gesture and sensuality, "Buscando a Juan" considers the assumptions experienced when witnessing people of color in traditionally white spaces.

Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

EXISTING LIVE REPERTORY

NEW SLEEP (DUET) (1987)
WILLIAM FORSYTHE 

"New Sleep" first premiered in 1987 by the San Francisco Ballet and continues to move audience in ballet companies all over the world. This masterwork is a celebration of Tina Ramirez’s founding of Ballet Hispánico.

Photo Credit: Erin Baiano

CLUB HAVANA (2000)
PEDRO RUIZ

In this portrait of the glamorous Havana of the 1950s during the heyday of Cuban music, dance and nightlife, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, a native of Cuba, who has re-imagined a nightclub filled with the exhilarating sounds, colors and ambience of that golden era.

Photo Credit: Erin Baiano

LÍNEA RECTA (2016)
ANABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA

Línea Recta pairs the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, performed to Spanish classical guitar.

Photo Credit: Steven Pisano

MAD'MOISELLE (2010)
ANABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA

"Mad’moiselle" creates a world that explores iconic male/female images and gender identity in Latin American cultures.

Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino

Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

18+1 (2012)
GUSTAVO RAMÍREZ SANSANO

"18+1" celebrates Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's 19 years as a choreographer and the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavor. In a display of subtle humor and eclectic choreography, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Pérez Prado's mambo music. Sansano draws from his history and memory to take a joyous look a the past, present, and coming future.

EVENING LENGTH PERFORMANCE

Doña Perón is an explosive 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 through 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 working class raised skepticism as she indulged in the  opulence of a high-class life. A voice forthe people, or a deceitful actress? Ochoa explores these diverging legacies and more in her first-ever evening-length work for Ballet Hispánico.

Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

Doña Perón marks her first evening-length work for the Company and reclaims the narrative of the  iconic Latina figure by a Latinachoreographer. This is a seminal work for Ballet Hispánico as the organization moves beyond its 50th Anniversary and continues centering the voices of Latinx artists.

"One of the production’s greatest strengths is its thoughtful integration of movement — Lopez Ochoa’s high-varnish, athletic style of contemporary ballet, gorgeously danced by the whole cast — with handsome design elements." - The New York Times

"A production this sharp, transformative and fun renders any words written about it unsatisfactory. To understand it, just go see it." - Broadway World

Available January 2025

CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano 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.

"This Carmen has a spare, elegant, Modernist look." - The New York Times

"Ramírez’s movement is refreshingly unique.... Ballet Hispánico’s ensemble plays many parts and maneuvers through humorous and nuanced moments with ease and clarity." - Broadway World

"An experience unlike any other in the Latin dance space we’ve seen in quite some time…. CARMEN.maquia continues to haunt us in the most beautiful way." - Latina Magazine

Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

CURATED PROGRAMS

PAIRING 1

New Sleep

Pause

Línea Recta

Intermission

Sor Juana

Intermission

18+1

PAIRING 2

Buscando a Juan

Intermission

Sor Juana

Intermission

Club Havana

PAIRING 3

Mad'Moiselle

Pause

Buscando a Juan

Intermission

Club Havana

For more information regarding repertory, visit ballethispanico.org

CHOREOGRAPHERS

WILLIAM FORSYTHE (New Sleep) has been active in the field of choreography for over 50 years. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form. Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt after which he founded and directed The Forsythe Company until 2015. Forsythe's deep interest in the fundamental principles of organization of choreography has led him to produce a wide range of projects including Installations, Films, and web-based knowledge creation. While his work for the stage resides in the repertoire of ensembles worldwide, his installations are presented internationally in exhibitions and museums. Forsythe has been the recipient of numerous awards which include the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale and Der FAUST German Theatre Award, both for lifetime achievement.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Floss

ANABELLE LOPEZ OCHOA (Doña Perón, Mad'Moiselle) 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 Nacional 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 is the recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award 2019.

Photo Credit: Gregory Miller

MICHELLE MANZANALES (Sor Juana) is a NYC based choreographer whose recent choreographic commissions include new works for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Oregon Ballet Theater, and Contemporary West Dance Theatre. Manzanales’ work for Ballet Hispánico, "Con Brazos Abiertos", described as a “savvy but deeply sincere meditation on her Mexican American background” (-Marina Harss, New York Times) and “an exceptional, heart- tugging beauty” (LA Times), premiered in 2017 and has since toured worldwide to critical acclaim including its feature in the 2022 BAAND Together Dance Festival at Lincoln Center and New York City Center’s 2018 Fall for Dance Festival. Other acclaimed works by Manzanales include her homage to Frida Kahlo, "Paloma Querida", which was hailed a “visual masterpiece” by Lucia Mauro of the Chicago Tribune and was described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a “gorgeously designed, richly hallucinatory, multi-faceted vision of the artist.” "Sugar in the Raw" (Azucar Cruda), was also applauded by the Chicago Sun-Times as "a staggering, beautiful, accomplished new work." Manzanales is the co-founder of the Latinx Dance Educators Alliance and Director of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance. Her most recent work, "Sor Juana", premiered in June 2023 at New York City Center. Per BroadwayWorld, "Sor Juana" is a piece that "showcases Manzanales' talent as much as the dancer’s superb movement quality, and is whole- heartedly an evening showstopper." Manzanales previously led the organization’s professional company as Rehearsal Director & Artistic Associate for seven seasons.

GUSTAVO RAMÍREZ SANSANO (18+1, CARMEN.MAQUIA) was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater (2009-2013), and now he combines his work as a freelance choreographer with the direction of Titoyaya Dansa, the company he founded in Spain with Veronica Garcia Moscardo in 2006. Sansano has received numerous awards for his choreography, including first prize at the Ricard Moragas Competition in Barcelona (1997), Prix Dom Perignon Choreographic Competition in Hamburg (2001), and Premio de Las Artes Escénicas de la Comunidad Valenciana (2005). Sansano has been commissioned to create works for many companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luzerner tanz Theater, Ballet BC, The Hamburg Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispánico, and Luna Negra Dance Theater, among others.

PEDRO RUIZ (CLUB HAVANA) is a renowned international choreographer and dancer, born and trained in Cuba and Venezuela. In a 21-year career with Ballet Hispánico as one of its principal dancers, Ruiz choreographed three critically acclaimed ballets for the company. Clive Barnes of The New York Post called "Guajira", “an especially fine work of form and structure.” Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times called Club Havana, “an explosion of sensuous pure dance.” Last November, he premiered La Estancia for the New Jersey Ballet, alongside cellist YoYo Ma and Wynton Marsalis at NJPAC. Ruiz has received the Bessie Award, the Choo-San Goh Award, The Cuban Artists Fund Award and The Joyce Foundation Award. In 2010, he founded The Windows Project — a cultural exchange program celebrating dance between the U.S. and Cuba. Ruiz has been the subject of two PBS documentaries: Pas de Deux and Coming Home, nominated for a NY Emmy Award. His Club Havana was featured in Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance.

EDUARDO VILARO (BUSCANDO A JUAN) "Buscando a Juan" both tempts and tantalizes audiences, adopting sensual and exaggerated gestures with fluidity. In the Western world, which has long exoticized colored artists and dancers, and in an institution that inherently speaks to the Western fascination for history—and colonial history—the onus is on Vilaro to be daring and powerful in challenging audiences while also entertaining them and inviting them to engage intellectually and emotionally with the choreography."- Observer, July 2023

For the last 15 years, Artistic Director and CEO, Eduardo Vilaro, has been at the forefront of Ballet Hispánico, executing his vision and pushing innovation forward through his leadership. In turn, the Company recognizes Vilaro’s "quinceañera", a coming of age, rite of passage celebration popular in Latin American culture. Vilaro is building on the impact of Ballet Hispánico's Founder, Tina Ramirez. By expanding, and deepening the legacy of visualizing Latine cultures, and exposing the intersectionality and depth of diversity found in Hispanic cultures, his vision has elevated a community from the margins to its place ingrained at the center of the American cultural landscape. Vilaro's entrepreneurial spirit has fostered a number of innovative achievements including the world premiere of his latest work "Buscando a Juan."

“Vilaro also explores the complexity of viewing art by people of color — whether in dance or in paintings — at predominantly white spaces and institutions. Like Pareja’s large compositions, performances by the Ballet Hispánico dancers are always vibrant and richly textured.” - The New York Times

THE DANCERS

FATIMA ANDERE
MEXICO

AMIR J. BALDWIN
NEW JERSEY

LEONARDO BRITO
BRAZIL

ANTONIO CANGIANO
ITALY

AMANDA DEL VALLE
FLORIDA

DARYN DIAZ
FLORIDA

ANA ESTRADA
MEXICO

PAULO HERNANDEZ-FARELLA
CALIFORNIA

CORI LEWIS
LOUISIANA

DYLAN DIAS MCINTYRE
FLORIDA

ADAM MORALES
NEW YORK

AMANDA OSTUNI
NEW YORK

OMAR RIVÉRA
CALIFORNIA

ISABEL ROBLES
VIRGINIA

ISABELLA VERGARA
NEW JERSEY

2024 SPRING-SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE

February 1-2
Jackson Hole, WY
Dancer's Workshop

February 17
Tampa, FL
Straz Center

February 4
The Villages, FL
Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

February 21
New York, NY
92NY

February 6
Lewisburg, PA
Weis Center for the Performing Arts

March 2
Great Barrington, MA
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

February 8
North Bethesda, MD
The Music Center at Strathmore

March 8-11
Sarasota, FL
Asolo Repertory Theatre

February 10
Myrtle Beach, SC
The Carolina Opry Theater

July 12-14
Los Angeles, CA
The Music Center

February 14
West Palm Beach, FL
Kravis Center


July 17
Walnut Creek, CA
Lesher Center for the Arts

NEW YORK CITY SPRING SEASON

April 25-28
New York, NY
New York City Center

PRESS QUOTES

"Ballet Hispánico dances with elegance and lyricism...[their] graceful phrases look effortless. Audiences will return to see Ballet Hispánico for its enduring graciousness." - The Washington Post

"The dancers of the Ballet Hispánico have never performed better. They appear to be going from strength to strength." - TheaterScene

"Ballet Hispánico is an example of what makes our country beautiful. It is about the stories of people from various perspectives and points of view, and their life experiences. It is an art to use ballet and dance to discuss various themes and ideas. And Ballet Hispánico does a wonderful job of exploring issues that are unique to the Latino community." - BroadwayWorld

FOR ALL COMPANY BOOKING INFORMATION & INQUIRIES

Matthew Bledsoe
Executive Vice President
IMG Artists
212-994-3565
[email protected]

FOR MARKETING NEEDS & PRESS INQUIRIES

Madison Daniels
Communications Coordinator
Ballet Hispánico
212-362-6710, ext. 824
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Michelle Tabnick
Michelle Tabnick PR
646-765-4773
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BALLET HISPÁNICO
167 W 89th Street
New York, NY 10024
United States
212-362-6710
www.ballethispanico.org

Press Kit 2024 - 2025


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