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October 28, 2013

Ballet Hispanico dancing into town

LEWISBURG — Ballet Hispanico will grace the Weis Center stage at Bucknell University on  Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for college students. Tickets can be purchased online at bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling (570) 577-1000.

Artistic director Eduardo Vilaro will give a free pre-performance talk from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Lobby. 

Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s premier Latino dance organization. The company has performed for an audience of nearly 3 million, throughout 11 countries, on three continents.

Ballet Hispanico’s performance will include a dozen dancers and four dance pieces: “Jardi Tancat,” “Sombrerísimo,” “Sortijas” and “Mad’moiselle.” There will be two 15-minute intermissions in the performance.

Based on Catalonian folk tales sung by Maria del Mar Bonet, “Jardi Tancat” 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.

An absorbing exploration of individuality, “Sombrerísimo” is an athletic tour de force for six men, full of rhythmic agility and stylistic flair. The work was specially commissioned for the 10th anniversary of New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival.

 “Sortijas” (Rings) is a duet that celebrates Latino tradition by representing the circular ties of family and friends that link communities together over generations. “Mad’moiselle” is a new work that explores iconic male/female images and gender identity in Latin American cultures.

The works expand on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of classical, Latin and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion.

Vilaro joined Ballet Hispanico as artistic director in August 2009, following a 10-year record of achievement as founder and artistic director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. He has been part of the Ballet Hispanico family since 1985.

Vilaro is an accomplished choreographer, having created more than 20 ballets for his own company.

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2013-14 Series is a concert by Venezuelan-born classical pianist Gabriela Martinez on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors ages 62+, $10 for youth under 18, and $10 for all college students.

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