The evening features three Ballet Hispanico premieres that put a contemporary spin on Cuba's danzón, Argentina's tango, and 1980s Spanish pop. Vibrant live music by the Paquito D'Rivera Ensemble accompanies choreography by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Argentinean legend Alejandro Cervera and cutting-edge Spanish choreographers Inma García and Meritxell Barberá.
A vueltas con los ochenta (World Premiere)
Choreography by Inma García and Meritxell Barberá
García and Barberá's first work for Ballet Hispanico uses contemporary dance to evoke the sights and sounds of the cultural revolution in 1980s Madrid known as "La Movida." From the impulsive, spontaneous movements of each dancer to the beats of electronic pop music that fill the stage, this piece recreates the memory of one night of freedom, exploration, and invention lived by a young group of friends.
Tango Vitrola (Company Premiere)
Choreography by Alejandro Cervera
Turning tango on its head, Alejandro Cervera conjures a metaphysical space that highlights the struggle between men and women through simple yet poetic patterns.
Danzón with live music by the Paquito D'Rivera Ensemble (New York Premiere)
Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
Initially evolved from Haitian contradance, the Danzón has been called the official dance of Cuba. Eduardo Vilaro has taken this traditional and quintessentially Cuban dance form and reinvented it with contemporary movements to construct a bold work of art for this generation.