Annenberg Center Live Welcomes Ballet Hispanico To Philadelphia February 5-6

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Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

Classical and contemporary dance with Latin flair takes center stage as Ballet Hispanico comes to Annenberg Center Live for a performance where theatricality and passion propel every move. The renowned company comes to town February 5-6 for three performances. Tickets cost $30-$75 and are available online at AnnenbergCenter.org or by phone at 215.898.3900. The Annenberg Center is located at 3680 Walnut Street.

Hailed as “one of the best contemporary repertory ensembles,” by the New York Times, Ballet Hispanico fuses its Latin roots with an eclectic, sleekly modern style. The program begins with Sombrerísimo, an exploration of identity that references the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte. Created by Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller, Bury Me Standing showcases the unique culture of the Gypsy or “Roma” people, who have journeyed across continents for a thousand years. The compelling rhythms and melodies that accompany the ballet reflect the emotional essence of the Roma: their strong communal bonds, sensuality, feelings of oppression and longing, and their strength and exuberance. The program concludes with Flabbergast which uses humor to expose our stereotypes and preconceived ideas about new and foreign places. In Flabbergast, Ballet Hispanico tells the story of a newcomer coming to a place for the first time.

Schedule of Performances
Friday, February 5 at 8 PM
Saturday, February 6 at 2 PM
Saturday, February 6 at 8 PM

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Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino

About the Artists
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 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 three continents.

Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director) joined Ballet Hispanico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. He has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985 as a principle dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as Founder and Artistic 15/16 Season 7 Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispanico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of the Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet and the Chicago Symphony. He has collaborated with dance and design artists as well as musicians such as Paquito D’Rivera, Susana Baca, Luciana Souza and Tiempo Libre. In 2001, he was a 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. In 2011, Vilaro premiered Asuka, his first work for Ballet Hispanico, “an unexpected interpretation of [Celia] Cruz’s music…high-energy and colorful” (Chicago Dance Digest).