Ballet Hispánico is one of America's cultural treasures and its leading Latinx dance organization. Founded in 1970 by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences. Last presented by Texas Performing Arts in 2002, the company returns to Austin as part of its 50th anniversary season. The program celebrates generations of renowned Latinx choreographers and includes:
Arabesque (1984) - choreography by Vicente Nebrada music by Enrique Granados
Tiburones (2019) - choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, with music by Pérez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, and The Funky Lowlives
18+1 (2012) - choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, with music by Pérez Prado
The versatile Ballet Hispánico dancers are exquisite.
– The Washington Post
Join us at 6:45 for a pre-show discussion with members of Ballet Hispánico and Dr. Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Rivera-Servera’s research focuses on contemporary performance with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, gender and sexuality are negotiated in the process of (im)migration focused on the ways the arts contribute to social transformation—from the emergence of collective identities and politics facilitated by media and performance cultures to the activation of art-based methodologies to address moments of collective crisis.
Stay after the performance for a discussion and audience Q&A with members of Ballet Hispánico.
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Photo: Ballet Hispánico in Tiburones by Paula Lobo