LOS ANGELES, CA: BALLET HISPANICO TO PERFORM THIS WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA
TO PERFORM THIS WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA
March 12, 2016 at 8pm
West Coast Premiere of Flabbergast by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
Bury Me Standing by Ramón Oller
Club Havana by Pedro Ruiz
Ballet Hispanico, celebrating 45 years as the nation's premier Latino dance organization, will present an evening of repertory work showcasing the very best of their artistic creations at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA on March 12, 2016 at 8pm. General tickets range from $25 to $45, with discounts available for students, and can be purchased online or by phone via Ticketmaster, or directly through The Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600. For more information, visit http://www.luckmanarts.org/events/.
Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro debuts a program that promises to be as transcendent as the company's "extremely capable and charismatic dancers" (The New York Times), featuring Ballet Hispanico's effervescent signature work Club Havana by Cuban-American choreographer Pedro Ruiz along with a double bill of Spanish favorites: the West Coast Premiere of Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's colorful, amusing and fast-moving Flabbergast, as well as a revival of Ramón Oller's beloved and haunting Bury Me Standing.
"Pedro Ruiz and Ramón Oller both have a meaningful history with Ballet Hispanico, and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano has quickly established himself as a standout choreographic voice since we introduced his work to New York audiences two years ago. Their works honor Ballet Hispanico's trajectory while embracing our forward-thinking spirit," said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Hispanico.
In keeping with its mission to make the beauty of the arts and Latino culture accessible to all communities, Ballet Hispanico's Eduardo Vilaro and Sr. Director of Community Engagement AnaMaria Correa will be leading a series of arts education activities in local schools throughout the week.
Ballet Hispanico at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA - March 12, 2016 at 8pm
Flabbergast (2001) - New York Premiere
Choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano
In Flabbergast, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano exposes with humor our stereotypes and preconceived ideas about new and foreign places. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a "fun-filled spectacle," the piece tells the story of a newcomer coming to a place for the first time in a "colorful, amusing, fast-moving" style.
Bury Me Standing (1998)
Choreography by Ramón Oller
The unique culture of the Gypsy or "Roma" people, a marginalized community that has journeyed across continents for a thousand years, inspired Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller to create Bury Me Standing. The compelling rhythms and melodies which accompany the ballet-drawn from Spain and Eastern Europe, traditional folk songs, and contemporary world music-reflect the emotional essence of the Roma: their strong communal bonds, sensuality, feelings of oppression and longing, and their strength and exuberance.
Club Havana (2000)
Choreography by Pedro Ruiz
A portrait of the glamorous Havana of the 1950s during the heyday of Cuban music, dance and nightlife. The intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, a native of Cuba, in this re-imagined nightclub filled with the exhilarating sounds, colors and ambience of that golden era.
Photo: Diana Winfree and Christopher Bloom in BURY ME STANDING (c) Bicking Photography
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