Through the Instituto Coreográfico, Ballet Hispánico encourages the development of Latino leaders and the creation of new works of art that expand our cultural dialogue.
In 2010, Ballet Hispánico's Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro launched a new choreography institute for Latino artists to create culturally specific work in a nurturing learning laboratory of dance. Instituto provides both emerging choreographers and dance filmmakers with a professional and supportive environment in which to explore their heritage and develop their craft. Choreographers receive ongoing feedback from a group of notable artistic mentors and advisors, archive recordings of the rehearsals, an edited film of the resulting work, an academic advisor, and a showing of their work. Should an artistically appropriate work emerge from this process, it could enter Ballet Hispánico’s permanent repertory.
Instituto Coreográfico 2017 with CARLOS PONS GUERRA
Showing: Thursday, October 5th | 7:00 PM FREE
Catch a sneak peek of a work-in-progress from Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra, featuring his distinct comedic style. With Q&A. RSVP HERE
ABOUT CARLOS PONS GUERRA
Carlos Pons Guerra is an independent choreographer who has created work on dancers from companies such as Rambert, Northern Ballet, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (India), ENDanza (Dominican Republic), Verve, Elmhurst School of Dance (Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet) and more, as well as receiving commissions from international dance institutions such as Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry, Birmingham Hippodrome and the British Council. Carlos founded his company, DeNada Dance Theatre, in 2012, and has created four works for it since. His triple bill for DeNada, Ham and Passion, has had two international tours, playing across the UK, as well as internationally in the Caribbean and Europe. In 2015, Carlos was nominated for the UK Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, in the category of Best Emerging Artist, and in 2016, his company received two nominations for the same awards: ‘Best Independent Company’ and ‘Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)’ for dancer Marivi Da Silva’s role in Carlos’ work, Young Man!. Carlos was a guest choreographer in Northern Ballet’s 2016 Choreographers’ Lab, has taught internationally at leading conservatoires, and is an associate artist at DanceXchange, Birmingham. Current and future projects include TORO: DeNada Dance Theatre’s Beauty and the Bull, a new full-length work for DeNada, and its subsequent 2018 UK national tour; Penguins, a children’s production for Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Cahoots Theatre Northern Ireland, a new male duet for internationally renown Malaysian dancer Mavin Khoo. Originally from Gran Canaria, Spain, Carlos began his ballet training at the Choreographic Centre of Las Palmas, under direction of Anatol Yanowsky, and at the Royal Conservatoire for Dance of Madrid, before completing his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Photos (c) Kevin Condon, Josh Hawkins, Joshua Preston