In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Ballet Hispánico offers a glimpse of two works that will be presented at The Joyce Theater in spring 2019: Homebound/Alaala by Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon and Sombrerísimo by Belgo-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.
Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, has shared the diversity and vibrancy of Latino cultures for nearly 50 years.
In his new work for Ballet Hispánico, Homebound/Alaala, Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon examines the intersection of the Latino and Asian cultures, the spirit of communal unity (bayanihan), the resilience of women in our society, the perseverance to overcome hardship, and the quiescence of arriving home. At the conclusion of the performance, Bennyroyce describes and investigates the creation of his new work.
Also, on the program is Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s absorbing exploration of identity, Sombrerísimo, which refers to the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats. Commissioned by New York City Center for the 10th anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival, this explosive and fast-spaced work features intricate partnering, full physicality, and a touch of hip-churning flamenco for six dancers.
Discussion moderated by John-Mario Sevilla, Director of the Harkness Dance Center, with Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispánico, choreographer Bennyroyce Royon, and the Ballet Hispánico dancers.
$15 in advance / $25, 2-hours prior to performance
Program is subject to change.