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BALLET HISPÁNICO & THE APOLLO THEATER presents CARMEN.maquia
in collaboration with
THE APOLLO THEATER
December 7-8, 2018 at 8:00pm
Ballet Hispánico, the nation's premier Latino dance organization, returns to the Apollo stage with its celebrated CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, 2018 at 8:00pm. Ballet Hispánico is sponsored by GOYA, which has sponsored the company since 1977.
A Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet's beloved classic, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco. Originally created for the Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago, CARMEN.maquia premiered in New York at the Apollo in 2014, the first full-length narrative dance work in Ballet Hispánico's nearly 50-year history.
"In 2012, the Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano gave Bizet's 'Carmen' a dramatic and stylish contemporary dance makeover... Forget that flaming red dress - this version of the Gypsy seducer's tragic tale takes place in a bleak, modernist black-and-white world, where contemporary ballet flirts with flamenco and paso doble."
— Brian Schaefer, The New York Times
"We are thrilled to return to the Apollo Theater with Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's CARMEN.maquia. We are committed to making dance accessible to all audiences with multi-cultural marketing efforts and low-cost ticket prices. We are happy to partner with the Apollo, once again, to make this goal come to fruition," said Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro.
"We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Ballet Hispánico; we feel their voice and presence is vital to this city's cultural landscape. They embody the epitome of artistic excellence," said Kamilah Forbes, the Apollo's Executive Producer.
"We are honored to sponsor Ballet Hispánico and value working with organizations who share the same mission in bringing communities together while celebrating the richness of our history and culture," said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods.
Choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Music from Various Works by Georges Bizet, performed by the Slovak Philharmonic, Praha Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestras, and by the Arte Ensemble. Carmen Fantasy, by Pablo de Sarasate, performed by the Apollo Symphony Orchestra
Set Design and Construction by Luis Crespo
Costume Design by David Delfín
Costume Construction by Travis Halsey, Diana Ruettiger
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston
Tickets begin at $10 and are available online at www.apollotheater.org/event/ballet-hispanico2018, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or in person at the Apollo Theater Box Office at 253 W. 125th Street, NYC. For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org.
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