*The Ballet Hispanico Company Performs Club Havana. Photo By Eduardo Patino
Ballet Hispanico was an inspiration to express Hispanic culture through a creative mix of dance styles and was founded by Tina Ramirez and now led by Eduardo Vilaro. Ballet Hispanico’s dancers have roused audiences worldwide with their magnetic energy and eclectic choreography. Its thirteen members perform works by the foremost choreographers as well as those of emerging artists. Their works fuse Latin dance with elements of classical and contemporary forms to create a new sphere of concert dance in which theatricality and passion propel every move. The Company has performed for more than two million people in the United States, Europe and South America with a repertory of over 100 works, which opens dialogue about the Hispanic diaspora in our contemporary world.
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Vanessa Valecillos, is one of the thirteen members that will be performing on Friday, April 16 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Valencillos said, “Our dance style is an unique fusion of many dances. It’s a reconstruction of Latin dance, ballet, modern and many other types of dances.” The choreography in the performances is a creative process and inspired by music, compositions for commissioned work, and sometimes, costumes. It is different with each choreographer according to Valencillos. She said, “Me as a dancer, I think what we do is magical for the audience, and we are able to touch them in certain ways. It is different for every person.”
The audience can see the end result of these dance creations by a dynamic and innovative company that has entertained audiences worldwide with its vivacious choreography and sheer passion for one performance.
*Jessica Alejandra Wyatt, Waldemar Quiñones Villanueva, Nicholas Villeneuve In Tríptico. Photo By © 2009 Rosalie O’connor Photography
Ballet Hispanico will perform a selection of new and classic works, including Club Havana (2000), an intoxicating mix of conga, rumba, mambo and cha-cha; Destino Incierto (2008), an emotional journey taken by three timeless characters struggling to find harmony for themselves and with one another; Tríptico (2009), an elegant fusion of Latin rhythms and dance; and Batucada Fantástica (company premiere 1982), evoking the essence of Brazilian Carnival through eight electric solos, culminating in a riotous ensemble finale.
Ballet Hispanico school shows will trace the evolution of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms along with accompanying music and social customs. The result is an unconventional and entertaining insight into Latin Culture.
Watching the performances, Valecillos wishes for the audience, “To enjoy themselves and to leave the theater happy and say, “Wow, I saw something great! Now that I’m on my feet, I want to go and dance!”
For more info: http://www.carolinatheatre.org Tickets: (919) 560-3030