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Ballet Hispánico

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm

In an evening of works that span Latinx cultures, the Ballet Hispánico Company delivers an eclectic fusion of contemporary and Latin dance forms creating the space for a cultural dialogue and an immersive arts experience. Led by Artistic Director and acclaimed choreographer Eduardo Vilaro, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all drives its programs, Ballet Hispánico brings individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore the Hispanic experience through dance.

“A group of powerful dancers from multinational backgrounds, bound together by intense focus and distinctive clarity.” – LA Times

Part of the 7th annual Take a Leap, Baltimore County Dance Celebration, this year's program features these diverse repertory performances:

Jardi Tancat: Based on Catalonian folk tales sung by Maria del Mar Bonet, this debut work from choreographer Nacho Duato won first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop in Cologne. With equal shades of passion and melancholy, the ballet evokes the despairing yet hopeful prayers of Spaniards who wait for rain on their barren land.

Naci: Drawing from the duality of her Spanish and Jewish-American background, choreographer Andrea Miller employs her distinctive movement style to investigate the Sephardic culture of Spain, with its Moorish influence and profound sense of community, despite hardship.

18+1: A celebration of Gustavo Ramírez 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 Pérez Prado’s mambo music as Sansano draws from his history and memory to take a joyous look at the past, present, and coming future.