Performing for the first time at ADF, Ballet Hispanico will present work by four choreographers, including Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Cayetano Soto, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and ADF favorite Rosie Herrera. Vilaro values pursuing contemporary voices and choreographers while also honoring socio-cultural development throughout time, and in selecting the works to be performed, he aimed to create a comprehensive program that reflects what is happening in Latino culture and communities today, versus revisiting what was happening 44 years ago when the company began.
Dancer Lauren Alzamora, who hails from the North Carolina School for the Arts, shared some insights into the process of working on Rosie Herrera’s Show.Girl., which was commissioned by ADF and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Alzamora states that while the company usually rehearses very quickly and premieres new work right away, it was a delightful respite to spend almost two years in the studio developing Show.Girl. According to the dancers, Herrera’s highly playful rehearsal methods enabled them to access new performative qualities that extend beyond classical dance technique into elements of theater and improvisation. Dancer Johan Rivera Mendez received his BFA in Dance from the New World School in Miami, which is the same school Herrera attended several years prior. Mendez recently shared that after meeting and working with Rosie in the studio he remembers, “So this is what everyone has been talking about.”
Ballet Hispanico will be performing Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, at 8:00pm, with a children’s matinee on Saturday at 1:00pm.