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America’s premier Latino dance organization for more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to Newlin Hall this season. The program will feature an all-Latina choreographed repertoire including: Michelle Manzanales’s “Con Brazos Abiertos,” an exploration of iconic Mexican symbols that Manzanales was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas; “Sombrerísimo” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa which makes references to the surrealist world of the Belgian painter René Magritte, famous for his paintings of men in bowler hats; and “3. Catorce Dieciséis” by Tania Pérez-Salas, one of Mexico’s most noted contemporary choreographers explores the circularity of movement through life as embodied by the number Pi.

Friday, November 16
8:00 PM

Newlin Hall


Join us before the show for this FREE event:
Newlin Hall Grand Foyer | 7:00 PM | Open to the Public

Four multi-lingual female artists join a special representative from Ballet Hispánico in this Creative Conversation, focused on the challenges, triumphs, and true experiences of being a woman in the arts world today.  Panelists will include: Jeri Katherine Howell, a singer-songwriter arts-educator that was selected to participate in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory in recognition of artistic excellence, and recent recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women’s Firestarter Award;  photographer and Centre College Assistant Professor of Art Isabella La Rocca; UK Associate Professor of New Media & Video Doreen Maloney whose work has centered around the intersection of dance, interarts, and technology; and Jill Schinberg, UK Assistant Professor of Arts Administration whose work addresses the gender gap in arts administration and who previously worked as tour manager for Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza, a choreographer whose work will be presented during the Ballet Hispánico performance.

“The dancers’ classical training and fluid athleticism and the intriguing variety of choreographic perspectives were, to my mind, most welcome … It stretches the local audience’s comfort zone and (one hopes) palate, so they might become devotees of dance in all its forms.” – Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune