In what has become an "enjoyable tradition during the holiday season" (The New York Times), Ballet Hispánico in collaboration with the Apollo Theatermakes its annual return to the Apollo stage on December 1-2, 2017, led by Eduardo Vilaro. Three inspiring works reflect on the migrant experience, the tragedy of marginalization and the resilience and triumph of the human spirit to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement. The performances are supported by Goya Foods, Lead Sponsor of Ballet Hispánico.
Con Brazos Abiertos (2017) choreographed by Michelle Manzanales, is an exploration of iconic Mexican symbols that she was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas. Intertwining folkloric details with a distinct voice, set to music that ranges from Julio Iglesias to rock en español, the piece is a fun and frank look at a life caught between two cultures. Espiritu Vivo (2012) an exciting collaboration between Ballet Hispánico and Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, explores the intersection of the African and Latino diasporas in the Caribbean and Latin America. Finally, choreographer Ramon Oller's Bury Me Standing (1998) was inspired by the unique culture of the Gypsy or "Roma" people, a marginalized community that has journeyed across continents for thousands of years.
"The Apollo is a treasured partner and a home for Ballet Hispánico and we're excited to bring these three inspiring works to one of the most important theaters in the world," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispánico. "Throughout our 47-year history, Ballet Hispánico has been bringing communities together to share, celebrate and explore our cultures. We are honored that The Apollo will once again be part of our journey."
"We are thrilled to have Ballet Hispánico return to the Apollo this year with three powerful works which speak directly to what's going on in our country right now," said Kamilah Forbes, the Apollo's new Executive Producer. "Though music has always been at the core of the Theater's mission, dance has also been an integral part of the Apollo's DNA. We continue to honor that legacy through collaborations with esteemed companies like Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latina dance organization in the United States."
There will be a post-performance artist talkback with Ron Brown and Michelle Manzanales moderated by Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico's Artistic/Executive Director. The discussion will focus on creating culturally specific dance work.