Instituto Coreográfico

Through Instituto Coreográfico, Ballet Hispánico encourages you to be part of the development of Latino leaders and to get an inside look at new works of art.

When Ballet Hispánico was founded nearly 50 years ago, Latinos were invisible to the dance field. Since its founding, Ballet Hispánico has played an instrumental role in changing the narrative -- now, generations of Latinos have produced art that reinterpret their heritage, bringing fresh perspectives on the Latino experience. In 2010, Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro launched Instituto Coreográfico, a choreography institute for Latino artists, to create culturally specific work in a nurturing learning laboratory of dance. This innovative learning laboratory provides both emerging choreographers and dance filmmakers with a professional and supportive environment to explore their heritage and to develop their craft. Throughout their residency, choreographers receive ongoing feedback from a group of notable artistic mentors and advisers, archive recordings of the rehearsals, an edited film of the resulting work, an academic adviser, and a showing of their work.

Instituto Coreográfico allows the audience to respond, reflect, and enter into cultural dialogue with the artists about dance and culture in a safe, critical environment. With this invaluable platform, Ballet Hispánico continues to give a voice to young artists and opens access to the dance-making process for all dance audiences. 

Instituto Coreográfico: Bennyroyce Royon
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ballet Hispánico at the Arnhold Center
167 West 89th Street, NYC | Studio 10

: The Intersection of the Latino and Asian Cultures 

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, has shared the diversity and vibrancy of Latino cultures for nearly 50 years. In his new work for Ballet Hispánico, Homebound/Alaala, Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon explores the spirit of communal unity (bayanihan), the resilience of women in our society, overcoming hardship, and the feeling of being home. Royon is also interested in examining the intersection of the Latino and Asian cultures, the similarities between the challenges faced in the United States and the Philippines, and how the bayanihan spirit can help an individual or community overcome these obstacles. 

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