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The 2017-18 Dance Season ignites with the return of Ballet Hispánico

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Christine Rigamer, APR
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The 2017-18 Dance Season ignites with the return of
Ballet Hispánico

 

"When Ballet Hispánico's dancers take the stage, watch out. Their joy is infectious." Newsday

"The Latin-American experience at last has a voice." The New York Times

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) kicks off the 2017-18 season of dance with the exciting return of the nation's premier Latino dance company, Ballet Hispánico, on Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Led by charismatic, Cuban-American director Eduardo Vilaro and with its bold style of fusing classical, Latin and contemporary dance, Ballet Hispánico has become an "ambassador of not just Latino culture but of dance itself" (Broadway World). This gorgeous company of "the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you'll find in the contemporary sphere" (The Washington Post) brings an evening of electrifying dance that celebrates the heart and soul of Latino cultures, including Vilaro's joyous tribute to Cuban dance, a hauntingly beautiful work by celebrated Mexican choreographer Tania Pérez Salas and a passionate, flamenco-inspired piece by internationally acclaimed dance maker Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the choreographer of the wildly successful A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet.

Tickets begin at $25 and may be purchased through the New Orleans Ballet Association Box Office at (504) 522-0996, online at www.nobadance.com or through TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and groups.

Ballet Hispánico program
The company brings a festive evening of three works that spotlight the diverse voices of today's contemporary Latino choreographers, beginning with the breathtaking and intensely theatrical 3.Catorce Dieciséis (2002) by one of the leading voices in Mexican contemporary dance, Tania Pérez-Salas. With music by Vivaldi and other Baroque composers and hailed by Broadway World as a "joyful feast for the senses," Pérez-Salas draws inspiration from the number Pi to reflect the cyclical nature of life. The program's centerpiece is by one of today's most sought-after female choreographers, Columbian-Belgian artist Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. With the dancers dressed in blazing red costumes and driving music by flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel, Ochoa's homage to flamenco dance, Línea Recta (Straight Line) (2016), pairs all of the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with innovative and intricate partnering that "transforms tradition into something entirely modern" (Times Union). The company's intoxicating finale Danzón (2009) is masterfully choreographed by Vilaro and set to a score with music by Dizzy Gillespie and Grammy-winner Paquito D'Rivera. Initially evolved from Haitian contradance, the Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary movements to construct a bold work of art for this generation. From fast-paced, tightly arranged sequences performed in perfect unison, to big, ballroom-style duets, Danzón is a grand celebration that "makes you want to get up and dance" (The New York Times). A Pre-performance talk with Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro will take place at 7:15 pm on Mezzanine Level M2 of the theater.

Ballet Hispanico In the Community
The long-standing relationship between NOBA and Ballet Hispánico dates back to its first local sold out presentation in 1992. Since then, over 12,000 people in the region have explored the Latino diaspora through activities in the schools and neighborhood centers, and on the stage. Ballet Hispánico has inspired a passion for learning and excellence through their work with youth of the NORD/NOBA Center For Dance during many Summer Intensives. Building on this success, twelve students this summer through the Chevron Master Artist Series had the rare opportunity to audition and learn excerpts of Danzón that will be performed alongside the Ballet Hispánico dancers during the one-hour, bilingual performances for students at Chalmette Elementary and for families at the Lyons Rec Center. The special family performance is free and open to the public, and will take place Friday, October 20, at 6:30pm at the Lyons Rec Center gymnasium at 624 Louisiana. The program will take the audience on an exploration of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms and music through a narrated performance. In addition, the company will conduct workshops on Thursday, October 19 for students at Bonnabel High School, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans and Behrman Charter School and master classes at Lusher Charter High School, NOCCA and Tulane University. For more information, call NOBA at 504-522-0996.

About the Company
Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latino dance organization in the United States, brings individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet Hispánico creates a space where few institutions are breaking ground. The organization's founder, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, sought to give voice to the Hispanic experience and break through stereotypes. Today, Ballet Hispánico is led by Eduardo Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the Company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all, drives its programs. Ballet Hispánico serves as a role model in and for the Latino community, inspiring creativity and social awareness in our neighborhoods and across the country by providing access to arts education.

Eduardo Vilaro Artistic Director & CEO
Vilaro was the first artistic director to assume the reins of Ballet Hispánico from its founding director and National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez. After seven years of igniting Ballet Hispánico's vision with a contemporary perspective in dance and culture, he assumed the additional role of CEO for the organization. Vilaro was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in the Bronx. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adelphi University and a Master of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago. Upon his graduation from Columbia College, Vilaro founded Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, a company that served as a springboard for Latino dance throughout the Midwest for 15 years. Vilaro's own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of the Latino cultures. He has created over 25 ballets for Luna Negra and Ballet Hispánico and received numerous commissions from dance festivals and arts organizations. In 2001, he was the 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. Vilaro was an associate professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College, has served on the board of directors of Dance/USA, and is currently on the advisory board of Dance NYC. As an invited guest on panels and forums, he speaks to the growing need for cultural diversity and dance education. Vilaro is a proud 2016 inductee into the Bronx Walk of Fame.

The Ballet Hispánico performance is sponsored by Pan American Life Insurance Group. Additional support has been provided by NOCCI, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Orleans and El Tiempo. The appearance of the pre-professional students from the NORD/NOBA Center For Dance as part of the free community performances is made possible by Chevron as part of the Chevron Master Artist Series.

About the New Orleans Ballet Association
NOBA is the Central Gulf region's premier presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance. NOBA's dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists. Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 33,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages. In addition, NOBA's nationally recognized, award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 5,500 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

NOBA is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the NEA, a Federal agency; a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans (ACNO); and a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered through ACNO. Ballet Hispánico is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the NEA and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.