Spice Up Valentine's Weekend with Ballet Hispanico at the Detroit Opera House February 13-14, 2010
Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s foremost Latin dance company, returns to the Detroit Opera House February 13-14, 2010 for the first time since 1999. Fusing ballet, modern, and Latin dance, Ballet Hispanico creates an entirely new style of dance filled with theatricality and passion. The company’s Detroit repertory includes a blend of new and signature works.
Several brand new works will make their Detroit debuts in this two-performance engagement with choreography by some of the world’s most progressive choreographers. With choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and music by Bart Rijnink, “Locked Up Laura” made its world premiere in August 2009 and explores the human struggle to maintain authenticity in the face of routine through the lens of an artist. After making its world premiere in December 2009, “Triptico” is a daredevil interpretation of Grammy Award-winning Oscar Hernandez’ commissioned score, taking an athletic approach to the romantic pas de deux and challenging traditional Latin social rhythms with choreographer Ron De Jesus’ power, speed, and control of contemporary partnering.
Ballet Hispanico will also perform two signature works from their extensive repertory. Pulsing with an infectious Cuban beat is “Club Havana,” fused with the rhythms of the Conga, Rumba, Mambo, and Cha Cha with choreography by Pedro Ruiz and music by López, Gonzáles, Salim, Prado, and Repilado. With choreography by Vicente Nebrada and music by Luciano Perrone, “Batucada Fantastica” will conclude each performance with a rousing homage to the Brazilian Carnival with electric performances by eight soloists, culminating in a riot of ensemble dancing.
A special Valentine’s Weekend package, entitled “la noche del amour,” or “night of love,” will be offered for the Saturday, February 13th performance at 7:30 p.m. The package will include two premium box seats for the performance, two beverages and chocolate roses for $190.
Latin salsa classes will be offered on Friday, February 12 at 6 p.m. for free to Ballet Hispanico ticketholders and $25 for the general public. All ages and skill levels are invited to attend. The salsa class will take place in the Margo V. Cohen Center for Dance at the Detroit Opera House in the Ford Center for Arts and Learning, 5th floor.
Celebrating over 40 years of artistic and cultural expression, Ballet Hispanico boats a rich and diverse repertory of over 90 works and consists of thirteen dancers hailing from around the world. Having performed for over 2 million people, the company has performed in 11 countries on three continents. Ballet Hispanico performs works by the foremost Latino choreographers as well as emerging artists, including Talley Beatty, William Whitener, Anne Reinking, Graciela Daniele, Sergio Triujillo, and Pedro Ruiz.
Tickets for Ballet Hispanico at the magnificent Detroit Opera House, February 13-14, 2010 range from $29-$76, and are available in at the Detroit Opera House ticket office (1526 Broadway, Detroit, 48826), by phone at (313) 237-SING (7464) or online at www.MichiganOpera.org. Tickets are also available at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at (248) 645-6666 or online at www.TicketMaster.com.
Saturday, February 13, 2010 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 14, 2010 2:30 p.m.
At the magnificent Detroit Opera House