School-Day Performance | Ballet Hispánico
June 19, 2021
Celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through dance with Ballet Hispánico in this free performance for students in grades K-5.
Watch as the dancers perform selected works from the company's long career, including Linea Recta (2016), 18+1 (2012), Con Brazos Abiertos (2017), and Tiburones (2019).
Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's motivation for creating Linea Recta originated from the intense flamenco trailing in her childhood. She observed that there is rarely touch between the dancers in flamenco and became intrigued to create a physical connection between dancers in her own work.
18+1 celebrates Gustavo Ramirez Sansano's 19 years as a choreographer and is reflection of the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavor.
Michelle Manzanales' Con Brazos Abiertos is a work inspired by Manzanales' inherent struggle being a Mexican-American living in America. She brings you to a specific moment in her life during her childhood in Texas.
Ochoa's Tiburones puts focus on the entertainment industry and its recurring misrepresentation of Latinx community. The piece questions power dynamics and denounces how productions and media could demonize specific groups by creating distorted representations and reinforcing stereotypes.
For 50 years Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy, and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.