Ballet Hispánico celebrates its 50th anniversary with a free virtual premiere on May 28
Ballet Hispánico, the leading Latin American dance organization known for its “piercing stereotypes” (The New York Times), announces its long-awaited 50th celebration commemorating half a century of dance, orgullo, education, sabor, access, amor, community, spirit and innovation – a love poem to one of America’s cultural treasures.
The free virtual public premiere of the 50th Celebration will take place on Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET. A spectacular event hosted by Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro and dance school students Chelsea Phillips and Theo Adarkar, the evening will feature performances by the Ballet Hispánico company and student artists at the dance school with premieres by Lauren Anderson, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia and Belén Maya; performances of works by Graciela Daniele, Ann Reinking, Geoffrey Holder, Nacho Duato, Pedro Ruiz and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano; and appearances by famous guests such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Rosie Perez, Lauren Anderson, Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas and Darren Walker.
“We are honored to be joined by such an incredible group of artists and supporters to commemorate the legacy and future of Ballet Hispánco,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO. “The past year has been a difficult time for everyone, and we look forward to this opportunity to reunite with our beloved community in a virtual and safe way to play for you, honor our roots, and celebrate our legacy and our growth.
The 50th celebration will be available for two weeks on YouTube, Facebook and ballethispanico.org. To receive exciting announcements, special content and reminders for the public premiere of this celebratory event, register for free at ballethispanico.org/50th-celebration/registration.
There will also be a virtual private screening on Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. ET that includes a live conversation after the performance with special guests. Join the celebration, toast the virtual audience, and ask questions live during the conversation after the performance. Tickets for the private event start at $ 150 and are available at ballethispanico.org. For more information, please contact Ellie Craven at [email protected]
This year’s executive producers are Jody and John Arnhold, Richard E. Feldman, Kate Lear and Jonathan LaPook.
Eduardo Vilaro is the artistic director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. A dancer and educator with the Ballet Hispánico (BH) from 1988 to 1996, he left New York, earned a Masters of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College in Chicago, then embarked on his own advocacy act with a ten-year record. of achievements as a founder and artist. director of the Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Vilaro was appointed artistic director of BH in 2009, becoming the second person to lead the company since its inception in 1970, and in 2015 he was also appointed managing director. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s heritage with a bold brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York City at the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of the intersectionality of cultures and the importance of nurturing and nurturing Latinx leaders.
Vilaro’s own choreography is dedicated to capturing the Latin American experience in its entirety and diversity, and through its intersectionality with other diasporas. His works are catalysts for new dialogues about what it means to be an American. He has created over 40 ballets with commissions such as the Ravinia Festival, Chicago Sinfonietta, Grant Park Festival, Lexington Ballet, and Chicago Symphony.
Recipient of numerous prizes and distinctions, Vilaro received the Ruth Page Award for choreography in 2001; was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016; and received the 2017 Arts and Culture Pioneer of the Year award from HOMBRE magazine. In 2019, he received the West Side Spirit’s WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contribution to the arts, and received the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. In August 2020, City & State Magazine included Vilaro in the first Power of Diversity: Latin 100 list. In January 2021, Vilaro was honored with a Compassionate Leader Award, given to courageous, contemplative, collaborative and concerned leaders of the world. that they will leave behind. He is a highly respected speaker on topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts.
Ballet Hispánico is the country’s famous Latin dance organization and one of America’s cultural treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latin cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training and lasting community engagement experiences.
Founded in 1970 by National Medal of the Arts recipient Tina Ramírez, the organization emerged during the post-Civil Rights movement on New York’s Upper West Side, providing a safe haven for predominantly black Latinx youth and brunettes in search of an artistic sanctuary during New York City’s distress. the 1970s. The need for space, both culturally and artistically, led families to find the Ballet Hispánico. The emphasis on dance as a means of developing working artists, combined with training, the authenticity of the voice and the power of representation, has fueled the roots and trajectory of the organization.
With a strong emphasis on dance, achievement and public presence, the organization has flourished in its three main programs: its company, its dance school and its community arts partnerships. The organization serves as a platform for historically overlooked and neglected artists by providing them with increased capacity, voice and assertiveness. Over the past five decades, bringing Latinx culture to the forefront of performance, education, and advocacy, Ballet Hispánico’s mission has been a catalyst for change and opportunity for communities across our country.
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