Children’s Matinee: Ballet Hispánico


Program: Papagayos, Sor Juana, Club Havana, New Sleep
Children’s Matinee
Running Time:
50-60 minutes, no intermission
Ballet Hispánico website

In the ADF-commissioned Papagayos, Omar Roman De Jesús allows us to enter the upsidedown forest, where paradise comes ready laden with wings, and psychedelic stories write themselves out of order. A three-second love ritual between two birds transforms into a movement poem celebrating the pleasure of human physicality. We can be both as we want and as we are here where the colors cry out at their maximum volume. Sometimes all we want to be is part of someone else. In her new work Sor Juana, Michelle Manzanales takes on the powerful Mexican visionary Sor Juana, who was a 17th century nun, self-taught scholar, and acclaimed writer of the Latin American colonial period and the Hispanic Baroque. Club Havana is latin dancing at its best. The intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba, as he imagined his very own “Club Havana.” The show will also include William Forsythe’s New Sleep which first premiered in 1987 by the San Francisco Ballet.

“The members of Ballet Hispánico are 12 of the most technically accomplished and musical dancers you’ll find in the contemporary sphere.” – The Washington Post

The performance will be followed by a FREE Kid’s Party at the Landing of the Bryan Center, complete with activities, snacks, and live music.

Photo Credit:Erin Baiano

Parking: Parking is available in the Bryan Center Parking Deck (Parking Garage IV) and can be purchased in advance for $5 per show here.

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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Endowment for the Arts
by Omar Román De Jesús is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works, and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

MetLife Foundation is an Official Tour Sponsor of Ballet Hispánico. The 2022-2023 Ballet Hispánico National Tour is made possible by JP Morgan Chase, an Official Tour Sponsor.

$12 Children’s Matinee tickets are made possible with support from Jody and John Arnhold/Arnhold Foundation.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The arts are back in North Carolina. The Spark the Arts grant promotes audience inclusion and re-engagement in the arts.