Ballet Hispanico | New York
coreography: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
music: Eric Vaarzon Morel
costume design: Danielle Truss
lighting design: Michael Mazzola
premiere: 2016, Apollo Theater
“Línea Recta” by one of today’s most sought-after choreographers, pairs the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, performed to Spanish classical guitar.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is an award-winning Belgo-Colombian choreographer based in Netherlands. She has created works for many companies around the world such as the Scapino Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet du Grand Theatre du Geneve, BalletX, Luna Negra, BJM-Danse Montreal, Whim W’him, Ballet National de Marseille, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, CND Madrid, Augsburg Ballet and Scottish Ballet.
Bury Me Standing
coreography: Ramon Oller
music: traditional gypsy melodies and flamenco music by Lole y Manuel
costume design: Aviad Herman
lighting design: Joshua Preston
premiere: 1998, Joyce Theater, New York
The unique culture of the Gypsy or "Roma" people, a marginalized community that has journeyed across continents for a thousand years, inspired Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller to create this piece. The compelling rhythms and melodies reflect the emotional essence of the Roma: their strong communal bonds, sensuality, feelings of oppression and longing, and their strength and exuberance.
Ramon Oller is the founder and artistic director of Metros Dansa Contemporania in Barcelona. He trained in Barcelona, Paris and London, and has choreographed numerous works for his own company and others, including CND Madrid under the direction of Nacho Duato, Ballet Nacional de Espana, Ballet de Cristina Hoyos, Introdans, Festival Aix-en Provence and Festival Avigonon. Ramon Oller was the Artistic Coordinator of the Andalusian Dance Center, while he is now Director of the professional dance conservatory at the Theater Institute in Barcelona.
coreography: Pedro Ruiz
music: Israel López, Rubén Gonzales, A.K. Salim, Perez Prado, Francisco Repilado
costume design: Ghabriello Fernando
lighting design: Donald Holder
premiere: 2000, Joyce Theater, New York
A 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, in this re-imagined nightclub filled with the exhilarating sounds, colors and ambience of that golden era.
Born in Cuba, Pedro Ruiz has choreographed three successful works, while he was still a principal dancer with Ballet Hispanico. He was also creating for the Joffrey Ballet, Luna Negra, New Jersey Ballet, the Ailey Professional School and the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program. He is teaching at the Dance Faculty of Marymount College, the Ailey School and the Scarsdale Ballet. Awards include the Bessie Award, Choo-San Goh Award, Cuban Artist’s Fund and Joyce Foundation Award.
Celebrating 45 years of repertory that reflects the ever-changing diversity of Latino cultures, Ballet Hispanico is the new expression of American contemporary dance. Led by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the Company’s multifaceted performances have featured renowned works by artists such as Nacho Duato, cutting-edge premieres by Cayetano Soto and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and live music accompaniment by Latin legends such as Paquito D’Rivera. The Company has performed for an audience of nearly 3 million, throughout 11 countries, on 3 continents.
dancers: Ashley Anduiza, Christopher Bloom, Shelby Colona, Mario Ismael Espinoza, Nick Fearon, Melissa Fernandez, Mark Gieringer, Zultari (Zui) Gomez, Nathaniel Hunt, Jenna Marie, Eila Valls, Lyvan Verdecia, Diana Winfree, Joshua Winzeler
photos: Paula Lobo
“Club Havana” is a silky, sexy joy... with sensuality and rhythms of Latin social dance forms in choreography set to a glorious fusion of Cuban, jazz, and big-band swing music. Mr. Ruiz's sophisticated, endlessly inventive partnering moves, timing, and stage patterns take “Club Havana” to another level.
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...the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you'll find in the contemporary sphere.
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The Ballet Hispanico dancers are, quite simply, stellar in both their stylistic malleability and their ability to create characters... they're gorgeous to look at and thrilling to watch-highly individualistic performers who can shift easily from ballet and modern to a whole range of Latin styles.
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