"Noche de Oro"
June 19, 2021
An international force for 50 years, Ballet Hispánico continues to mold the landscape of contemporary dance. This performance commemorates the company’s work to ignite cultural pride, elevate diverse artists, and share with underserved communities a language accessible to every body: dance. Full of spirit and vibrancy, the program encompasses five decades of lush and virtuosic dance.
Choreography by Vincente Nebrada
Restaged by Nancy Turano
Assisted by Johan Rivera
Music by Enrique Granados
Costume Design by Randy Barceló
Costume Reconstruction by Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by SK Watson
Vicente Nebrada's Arabesque (1984, pictured above) is an elegant suite of dances set to the music of Spanish composer Enrique Granados. Traces of Flamenco influence are hinted at in the upper body as the dancers move through a series of lush balletic contemporary phrase work.
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Music by Pérez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, and The Funky Lowlives
Compositions by James Bigbee Garver
Costume Design by Mark Zappone
Lighting Design by Joshua Paul Weckesser
In Tiburones, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa addresses the discrimination and stereotypes placed upon Latinx culture and the power the media has in portraying these themes by diminishing the voices of Latinx artists. Ochoa will deconstruct gender roles and identity to revitalize an authentic perspective of Puerto Rican icons appropriated within the entertainment industry.
Choreography by Gustavo Ramfrez Sansano
Music by Perez Prado
Costume Design by Ghabriello Fernando
Lighting Design by Caitlin Brown and Savannah Bell
18+1 celebrates Sansano's 19 years as a choreographer and the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavor. In a display of subtle humor and electric choreography, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Perez Prado's mambo music. Sansano draws from his history and memory to take a joyous look at the past, present, and coming future.
Related Event: Diálogos
In October 2021 members of Ballet Hispánico joined Virginia Tech faculty for Diálogos: Colorism in the Arts and Anti-Blackness within Latinx Communities, a candid virtual conversation on identity and belonging. Watch the panel below.
Ballet Hispánico first performed at the Moss Arts Center in 2013 with Sortijas and other repertoire.
There will be no livestream option for this performance.
This performance is supported in part by gifts from Ms. Kelli Whitfield and Ms. Sherwood P. Quillen.
This engagement of Ballet Hispánico is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.