Children’s Matinee: Ballet Hispánico


Program: Papagayos, Sor Juana, 18+1, New Sleep
Children’s Matinee
Run time: 50-60 minutes
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. 18+1 celebrates Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer and the vulnerability, care, and hope that comes with each artistic endeavor. In a display of subtle humor and electric choreography, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Pérez Prado’s mambo music. Sansano draws from his history and memory to take a joyous look at the past, present, and coming future. 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

Photo Credit: Paula Lobo

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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.