TPA 2021 Program: Ballet Hispánico and Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters

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Ballet Hispánico

Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years OCT 30 | BASS CONCERT HALL

Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters

James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin NOV 5 | MCCULLOUGH THEATRE

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Ballet Hispánico Photo by Paula Lobo

Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years

“The versatile Ballet Hispánico dancers are exquisite.” —The Washington Post


What Starts Here Changes the World The Texas Performing Arts educational collection of Hollywood motion picture backdrops


Texas Performing Arts 40th Season Calendar


Bass Concert Hall Renovation


Texas Performing Arts Fabrication Studios


Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin On New Year’s Day 1918, James Reese Europe, an iconic figure in the evolution of African-American music, landed in France with the Harlem Hellfighters. This crack military music ensemble popularized the new spirit of jazz to a war-torn French nation fascinated with black culture.


Welcome back to Texas Performing Arts! We’re thrilled to have you at the theater after this very long intermission. We’ve been working hard to find the silver linings of this challenging time while you’ve been away. One of those has been the opportunity to renovate parts of Bass Concert Hall with your comfort and safety in mind. During the closure, we invested $3M in rebuilding the balconies to improve sightlines and accessibility. There are all new balcony seats as well as improved lighting. The lobbies have fresh carpet and more space to spread out. Doing everything we can to reopen safely has been our top priority. Air ventilation and filtration have been upgraded to the latest standards. We are now offering contactless mobile tickets and cashless payments. Our new guest security system uses advanced technology to make your arrival more comfortable and convenient. We hope that you enjoy these improvements and that they bring you closer to great performances. This reopening marks our 40th Season. For the anniversary, we’re offering a survey of the latest developments and leading voices in the performing arts in America today. There are established and emerging artists, revivals and new works, long-time favorites, and first-time visits. You can see some of the highest examples of artistic excellence, join artists as they engage with the past and possibilities of the future, experience unusual collaborations, and be the first to see new productions. We are working hard to make Texas Performing Arts one of the most impactful arts organizations in the country. With visionary artists and adventurous audiences, we are rebuilding from the pandemic and unlocking the potential of Texas Performing Arts’ next 40 years. Thank you for joining us. Bob Bursey Executive & Artistic Director




Kronos Quartet

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At War With Ourselves World Premiere Nov 19–20

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The Wooster Group THE B-SIDE: Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons and UNTITLED TOAST

Helen Sung with the UT Jazz Orchestra Apr 9

Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet Fanm d’Ayiti Apr 22

Texas Debut Jan 26–29 | Feb 4

Angélique Kidjo Remain In Light

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

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During our unprecedented shutdown, we seized the opportunity to substantially renovate Bass Concert Hall.



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• Balcony side sections were completely rebuilt to improve sightlines • All-new seats in both balconies • Upgrades to audio and video systems • Reconfigured lobby with more space • Improved air circulation and filtration

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Oct 30, 2021

Bass Concert Hall

Ballet Hispánico Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro

Founder Tina Ramirez

The Company Christopher Bloom Jared Bogart Leonardo Brito Simone Cameresi Antonio Cangiano Shelby Colona

Amanda del Valle Alexander Haquia Paulo Hernandez-Farella Cori Lewis Laura Lopez Hugo Pizano Orozco

Omar Rivéra Gabrielle Sprauve Dandara Veiga Lenai Alexis Wilkerson Mariano Zamora

Rehearsal Director

Wardrobe Director

Associate Artistic Director & Latinx Institute Director

Lighting Supervisor

Linda Celeste Sims

Johan Rivera

Company Manager Glenn Allen Sims

Production Manager SK Watson

Amy Page

Caitlin Brown

Stage Manager Morgan Lemos

Wardrobe Assistant Stacey Dávila

Program is subject to change. The taking of video, audio and photographs is strictly prohibited.

Presented in partnership with KUT-FM 14

MetLife Foundation is the Official Tour Sponsor of Ballet Hispánico.

Photo by Paula Lobo

Transformational funding provided by MacKenzie Scott and the Ford Foundation America’s Cultural Treasures program. Major support provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Miranda Family Fund, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Scherman Foundation. Public support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Ballet Hispánico programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Production Copyright 2021, Ballet Hispánico of New York, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Follow us @ballethispanico Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


Program Notes from the Artistic Director Buenas noches, good evening! Welcome to Ballet Hispánico’s Noche de Oro, a celebration of 50 incredible years of building new ways of exploring the Latinx culture through dance. Tonight’s program starts with Arabesque, a work originally choreographed in 1984, set to Spanish composer Enrique Granados’s Twelve Spanish Dances. The ballet exemplifies the Company’s aesthetic during the 1970s, when the Company was experimenting with fusing flamenco with the classical ballet vocabulary. The choreographer, Vicente Nebrada, was one of only a few Latinx choreographic voices in the classical ballet world at that time. We honor Mr. Nebrada’s legacy and the impact of Ballet Hispánico’s mission to create a platform for Hispanic choreographers through this reconstruction. Tiburones, which translates to “The Sharks”, is a work in direct response to the re-emergence of the musical West Side Story in our entertainment world today. In its day, West Side Story was an extraordinary piece of theater, as it was the first time the Puerto Rican community was featured in a major motion picture. While the musical gave us the incredible music of Leonard Bernstein and the captivating choreography of Jerome Robbins, it also left cultural scars for generations of Latinx people. Tiburones seeks to question the gaze of who gets to tell a story, while dispelling the iconic stereotypes that continue to haunt the Latinx community to this day. The work layers our vision of taking back our narrative through the voice of a Latina choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Spanish choreographer, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano is known for his athletic and innovative movement vocabulary. In 18+1, Mr. Sansano delves deep into the music of Pérez Prado, the Cuban bandleader, pianist, composer, and arranger who popularized the mambo in the 1950s. Created during his nineteenth year as a working choreographer, Mr. Sansano creates an explosive musical celebration that captures the essences of our beloved Cuban music. Thank you for joining us this evening in celebration of Ballet Hispánico’s 50 years. Enjoy the show, disfruten!

Eduardo Vilaro Artistic Director & CEO


Program Arabesque (1984) Choreography by Restaged by Assisted by Music by Original Costume Design by Costume Reconstruction by Original Lighting Design by Lighting Reconstruction by

Vicente Nebrada Linda Celeste Sims Johan Rivera Enrique Granados Randy Barceló Diana Ruettiger Donald Holder SK Watson

Performed by Jared Bogart, Simone Cameresi, Antonio Cangiano, Amanda del Valle, Alexander Haquia, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, Laura Lopez, Omar Rivéra, Dandara Veiga, and Lenai Wilkerson Oriental Zarabanda Vilanesca Jota Asturiana Mazurca Valenciana Oriental Reprise

Full Cast Antonio Cangiano Simone Cameresi, Amanda del Valle, Laura Lopez, Dandara Veiga, Lenai Wilkerson Alexander Haquia, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, Dandara Veiga Jared Bogart, Antonio Cangiano, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, Laura Lopez Amanda del Valle, Alexander Haquia, Dandara Veiga, Lenai Wilkerson Simone Cameresi with Full Cast Full Cast

Arabesque is an elegant suite of dances set to the music of Spanish Composer, Enrique Granados. Traces of Flamenco influence are hinted at in the upper body as the dancers move through lush balletic contemporary phrase work. -Intermission


Tiburones (2019) Choreography by Music by Compositions by Costume Design by Lighting Design by

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Pérez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, and The Funky Lowlives James Bigbee Garver Mark Zappone Joshua Paul Weckesser

Performed by Christopher Bloom, Jared Bogart, Simone Cameresi, Antonio Cangiano, Shelby Colona, Amanda del Valle, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, Laura Lopez, Omar Rivéra, Gabrielle Sprauve, Dandara Veiga, Lenai Wilkerson, and Mariano Zamora In Tiburones, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa addresses the discrimination and stereotypes placed upon Latinx culture and the power the media has in portraying these themes by diminishing the voices of Latinx artists. Ochoa will deconstruct gender roles and identity to revitalize an authentic perspective of Puerto Rican icons appropriated within the entertainment industry. -Intermission

18+1 (2012) Choreography by Music by Costume Design by Lighting Design by

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano Pérez Prado Ghabriello Fernando Savannah Bell

Performed by Christopher Bloom, Jared Bogart, Simone Cameresi, Antonio Cangiano, Shelby Colona, Paulo Hernandez-Farella, Omar Rivéra, Gabrielle Sprauve, Dandara Veiga, and Lenai Wilkerson 18+1 celebrates Gustavo’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.


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ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director & CEO) is the Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico (BH). He was named BH’s Artistic Director in 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since its founding in 1970, and in 2015 was also named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Mr. Vilaro’s philosophy of dance stems from a basic belief in the power of the arts to change lives, reflect and impact culture, and strengthen community. He considers dance to be a liberating, non-verbal language through which students, dancers, and audiences of all walks of life and diverse backgrounds, can initiate ongoing conversations about the arts, expression, identity, and the meaning of community.

Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the Latin American experience in its totality and diversity, and through its intersectionality with other diasporas. His works are catalysts for new dialogues about what it means to be an American. He has created more than 40 ballets with commissions that include the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet and the Chicago Symphony. A Ballet Hispánico dancer and educator from 1988 to 1996, he left New York, earned a master’s in interdisciplinary arts at Columbia College Chicago and then embarked on his own act of advocacy with a ten-year record of achievement as Founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Mr. Vilaro received the Ruth Page Award for


choreography in 2001; was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016; and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine’s 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, he received the West Side Spirit’s WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. In August 2020, City & State Magazine included Mr. Vilaro in the inaugural Power of Diversity: Latin 100 list. In January 2021, Mr. Vilaro was recognized with a Compassionate Leaders Award, given to leaders who are courageous, contemplative, collaborative, and care about the world they will leave behind. He is a well-respected speaker on such topics as diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts, as well as on the merits of the intersectionality of cultures and the importance of nurturing and building Latinx leaders. Tina Ramirez (Founder) founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970 and served as Artistic Director until 2009. Under her direction, over 45 choreographers created works for the Company, many of international stature and others in the early stages of their career. Ms. Ramirez was born in Venezuela, the daughter of a Mexican bullfighter and grandniece to a Puerto Rican educator who founded the island’s first secular school for girls. Her performing career included international touring with the Federico Rey Dance Company, the Broadway productions of Kismet and Lute Song and the television

adaptation of Man of La Mancha. In recognition of her enduring contributions to the field of dance, Ms. Ramirez received the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest cultural honor, in 2005. Juilliard awarded her an honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, in 2018. Numerous other awards include the Honor Award from Dance/ USA (2009), the Award of Merit from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (2007), the Dance Magazine Award (2002), the Hispanic Heritage Award (1999), a Citation of Honor at the 1995 New York Dance and Performance Awards (the “Bessies”), the NYS Governor’s Arts Award (1987), and the NYC Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts & Culture (1983). Johan Rivera (Associate Artistic Director and Latinx Dance Institute Director) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and began his dance training at the School for the Performing Arts, PR under the direction of Waldo Gonzalez. Johan graduated Magna Cum Laude with his BFA from the New World School of the Arts/University of Florida in 2013. While there, he had the opportunity to perform the works of Robert Battle, Kyle Abraham, Peter London, Daniel Lewis, Merce Cunningham and Doris Humphrey as well as simultaneously working with local dance companies in Miami, Florida. During his tenure with the Ballet Hispánico Company, Johan had the pleasure of performing the ballets of choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Pedro Ruiz, and Eduardo Vilaro. In


addition, he was a vital member of Ballet Hispánico’s Community Arts Partnerships team as a teaching artist while on tour and at home in NYC. Aspiring to further his knowledge and skills, Johan ventured into the world of higher education. In 2016, he received a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership with high honors, an achievement he dearly treasures as the first member of his family to have this opportunity. Upon graduation, Johan had the honor of mentoring and directing second company BHdos in the fall of 2016 before taking over as Rehearsal Director for Ballet Hispánico’s main Company. After four seasons as the Rehearsal Director, Johan transitioned to Ballet Hispánico’s marketing department as the Digital Marketing Manager, playing a key role in the development and creation of the organization’s virtual programming. Now, as the Associate Artistic Director and Latinx Dance Institute Director, Johan supports the artistic curation for the Company and Ballet Hispánico’s thought leadership programming alongside Artistic Director and CEO, Eduardo Vilaro. Linda Celeste Sims (Rehearsal Director) began training at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance and graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. Ms. Sims has received the 2016 Inspiración Award from Ballet Hispánico, has won Outstanding Performance at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Awards (“The Bessies”) and most recently, she received the 2017 Dance Magazine Award. Ms. Sims has been featured on the cover of Dance

Magazine, and on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Mo’Nique Show, Live with Kelly and Michael, and The Today Show. Mrs. Sims has has appeared at the White House Series, Youth America Grand Prix, Vail International Dance Festival, and galas in Budapest and Vienna, and originated featured roles by Judith Jamison, Donald Byrd, Alonso King, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jennifer Muller, Karole Armitage, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Rennie Harris, Christopher L. Huggins, and Azure Barton. She teaches master classes around the world and is a certified Zena-Rommett Floor-Barre instructor. Mrs. Sims danced for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1996-2020 and was also the assistant to the rehearsal director. CHOREOGRAPHERS Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Choreographer) has been choreographing since 2003 following a twelve-year dance career in various contemporary dance companies throughout Europe. She has created works for sixty dance companies worldwide including Ballet Hispánico, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Compañía Nacíonal de Danza, Dutch National Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Göteborg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, BJM-Danse Montréal, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, English National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, to name a few. In 2012, her first full


length work, A Streetcar Named Desire, originally created for the Scottish Ballet, received the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for “Best Classical Choreography” and was nominated for the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production the following year. Annabelle was the recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award 2019. Vicente Nebrada (Choreographer) was a founding member of the Harkness Ballet where he began his choreographic career in 1964. In 1975, he became the Founding Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of the International Ballet of Caracas, creating numerous ballets and solidifying his reputation as an internationally acclaimed choreographer. In 1984 he was appointed Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Caracas, which he directed until 2002. His artistic support as resident choreographer helped establish Ballet Florida in Palm Beach in the mid 1990s. His works continue to be performed around the world and have been danced by more than 30 companies such as, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, and Ballet Hispánico. Gustavo Ramírez Sansano (Choreographer) was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater (2009-2013), and now he combines his work as a freelance choreographer with the direction of Titoyaya Dansa, the company he founded in Spain with Veronica Garcia Moscardo in 2006. Sansano has received numerous awards for his choreography, including first prize at the Ricard Moragas

Competition in Barcelona (1997), Prix Dom Perignon Choreographic Competition in Hamburg (2001), and Premio de Las Artes Escénicas de la Comunidad Valenciana (2005). Sansano has been commissioned to create works for many companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luzerner tanz Theater, Ballet BC, The Hamburg Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispánico, and Luna Negra Dance Theater, among others. THE COMPANY Christopher Bloom is from Fredrick County, VA where he began dancing at the Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts and the Vostrikov Academy of Ballet. Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Ailey/ Fordham BFA Program in 2012. He has performed with numerous companies such as Parsons Dance, Lydia Johnson and the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Chris joined Ballet Hispánico in 2013 and has originated roles in new works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Edgar Zendejas, Miguel Mancillas, Fernando Melo, Michelle Manzanales, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, and Eduardo Vilaro. This is Chris’ 9th season with Ballet Hispánico. Jared Bogart is originally from Crystal River, FL where he spent his early years training at his parents’ dance school. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from Jacksonville University and trained during his summers at the Orlando Ballet School, Archcore40, Florida Dance Masters, and Florida Dance


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Festival. While in Jacksonville, Jared worked with artists such as Jennifer Muller, Robert Moses, Jennifer Archibald, and Stephanie Martinez. This is Jared’s 5th season with Ballet Hispánico.

Foundation merit winner. She is a graduate of Fordham University and The Ailey School with a BFA in dance and minor in new media and digital design. This is Simone’s 3rd season with Ballet Hispánico.

Leonardo Brito is from Saquarema, Brazil and trained with Projeto Primeiro Passo, before training at Escola Estadual de Danca Maria Olenewa, Center of Art Nós da Dança, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Miami City Ballet School, and The Ailey School. Leonardo has performed with companies such as Mariinsky Ballet, Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, Emotions Physical Theater, Dance Theater of Florida, Alvin Ailey, and Ailey II. In 2016, Leonardo was awarded the III Brazilian Modern Dance Congress and he has performed works by Robert Battle, Jennifer Archibald, Troy Powell, Jae Man Joo, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Amy Hall Garner, Melanie Futorian, Ray Mercer and Bradley Shelver. He has also made appearances in Tommy Hilfiger Pride Campaign 2019, OUT Magazine May 2019 Issue and POSE FX Television series season 2. This is Leonardo’s 3rd season with the Company.

Antonio Cangiano was born in Naples, Italy. He began his dance training at age sixteen and was awarded scholarships from Ateneo Danza (Forli), Accademia Normanna (Naples), and the Martha Graham Dance School in New York City. Cangiano has danced for the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Dardo Galletto Dance, Acsi Ballet, and Graham 2. In 2014, he made his first appearance at the Italian International Dance Festival dancing in a homage to Luigi, the “master of jazz,” by Dianna Folio, and received the Festival’s Rising Star Award in 2017. In 2016, he was selected to dance at the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary Season at New York City Center. This is Antonio’s 4th season with Ballet Hispánico.

Simone Cameresi was born in Italy and raised in Anaheim Hills, California where she trained at Murrieta Dance Project, Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, and Mather Dance Company. In 2013 and 2014, she was selected as a modern dance semifinalist in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, and in 2014, she was also selected as a YoungArts

Shelby Colona grew up in Houston, Texas where she graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) with honors in dance. After graduating, she attended The Ailey School’s Certificate Program in 2011-2013. In addition to her education, she’s performed works by Robert Battle, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Billy Bell, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Graciela Daniele, among others and has performed with companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City


Center, Lunge Dance Collective and BHdos prior to joining Ballet Hispánico. This is Shelby’s 7th season with Ballet Hispánico. Amanda Lauren del Valle was born and raised in Miami, Fl where she began her early training with Miami Youth Ballet under the direction of Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris. She continued her training at the New World School of the Arts with Mary Lisa Burns as the Dean of Dance. She graduated in 2016 with training in classical ballet, Horton, Limón, and the Graham technique. Amanda then continued her studies at Point Park University where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts under the direction of Garfield Lemonius. There she had the honor of working with Jennifer Archibald, Jessica Lang, Robert Priore, Christopher Huggins, and Yin Yue. This is Amanda’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. Alexander Haquia grew up in Morris County, New Jersey and began his dance training at Nicole’s Broadway Dance Company at the age of 15. He is currently a student in the Ailey/ Fordham BFA program and has previously studied at the Taylor School, ABT, and the The School at Jacob’s Pillow as a summer intensive student. Alexander has worked with choreographers including Francesca Harper, Twyla Tharp, Helen Simoneau, Ronnie Favors, Pedro Ruiz, Ray Mercer, and Yusha Marie Sorzano. He has performed at the Holland Dance Festival as well as in Memoria with

the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This is Alexander’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. Paulo Hernandez-Farella is a first-generation SalvadoranAmerican from Los Angeles, California. After four years at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, they attended the University of Southern California on a full-ride. In just four years, Paulo graduated with both a BFA in Dance from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and a Master’s in Public Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy. Paulo has been a scholarship student for a multitude of renowned schools such as the Juilliard School Summer Intensive, the Joffrey Ballet’s International Intensive, and Alonzo King LINES Intensive. Paulo is also one of seven 2016-2017 dance scholars with Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzyfeet Foundation. During their career Paulo has studied and performed the works of Forsythe, Kylián, Duato, Balanchine, Graham, Taylor, Petipa, Lopez-Ochoa, Rhoden, Cerrudo, Andrea Miller, Aszure Barton, and choreographed their own original work. This is Paulo’s 3rd season with Ballet Hispánico. Cori Lewis (Apprentice) was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her dance training began at Lusher Charter School and The New Orleans Ballet Association. She received her BFA in Dance with a Minor in Mathematics/Computer Science from SUNY Purchase College in May 2020. Lewis has


performed works by choreographers such as José Limón, George Balanchine, Eduardo Vilaro, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Martha Graham and David Parsons. She performed for children across the greater New York area with BHdos for the 2018 season. This is Cori’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. Laura Lopez is from Miami, FL, where she trained at Patricia Penenori Dance Center. She attended New World School of the Arts High School where she continued her dance training. Lopez was a 2013 Young Arts finalist and was nominated as a Presidential Scholar. In April 2016, she graduated New World College, where she received her BFA in Dance from the University of Florida. Lopez has danced professionally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Hispánico’s BHdos. She has attended summer programs at Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, Miami City Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Jacob’s Pillow and has performed the works of Eduardo Vilaro, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Robert Moses, and many more. This is Laura’s 4th season with Ballet Hispánico. Hugo Pizano Orozco (Apprentice) was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to New Mexico at an early age where he began his training with NDI-NM. He attended the New Mexico School for the Arts under the direction of Garrett Anderson. Hugo is currently a fourth-year dancer at the Juilliard School, where he will graduate with a BFA in Dance in 2022. During his

time at Juilliard, he has had the pleasure of learning repertoire by Forsythe, Balanchine, Ratmansky, Taylor, Cunningham, Kylian, and Donald McKayle. Additionally, he has been a part of new creations by Marcus Jarrell Willis, Jamar Roberts, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Ohad Naharin. This is Hugo’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. Omar Rivéra is originally from Los Angeles, CA. After moving to Dallas, Texas, Rivéra trained at Prodigy Dance & Performing Arts Centre under the direction of Camille Billelo. He graduated from the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, and was a part of HSPVA’s dance ensembles Repertoire Dance Company I & II, where he performed a variety of works by choreographers such as Robert Battle and Desmond Richardson. Rivéra was a scholarship student at the University of Arizona-School of Dance and graduated with a BFA in Dance in 2018. Rivéra was one of eight men selected to perform at The Joyce Theater for the José Limón International Dance Festival, and danced works by guest artists including Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Boiling Point, and Bella Lewitzky’s Meta4, among others. This is Omar’s 4th season with Ballet Hispánico. Gabrielle Sprauve was born in Queens, NY and raised in Savannah, GA where she attended Savannah Arts Academy for the Performing Arts, studying at the Ailey School and the Martha Graham School of


Contemporary Dance during the summers. She earned her BFA at Marymount Manhattan College in 2017. While at Marymount, Gabrielle performed works by Larry Keigwin, Alexandra Damiani, Norbert De La Cruz, Paul Taylor, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Adam Barruch, and Jo Strømgren. This is Gabrielle’s 5th season with Ballet Hispánico. Dandara Veiga is originally from Brazil where she began her dance training at Projeto Social Primeiros Passos, before training as a scholarship student at Escola de danca Ballerina. She also studied at Studio Margarita Fernandez in Argentina, Opus Ballet in Italy, and Annarella Academia de Ballet e Danca in Portugal. Dandara continued her training as a scholarship student at The Ailey School in 2016/2017. She has participated in dance festivals around the world and received scholarships from San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West. She has performed for the Vibe Competition, Assamblé International, Harlem Arts Festival, and the Ailey Spirit Gala. She has had the opportunity to work with artists Charla Gen, Robert Battle, Caridad Martinez, Claudia Zaccari, Jean Emille, Ray Mercer, Raul Candal, and Melanie Futorian. This is Dandara’s 5th season with Ballet Hispánico. Lenai Alexis Wilkerson is from Washington, D.C. where she attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. Lenai graduated from the University of Southern California as a Glorya Kaufman scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Political Science in 2019. She is one of the seven 2016-17 dance

scholars to be awarded a scholarship from Nigel Lythgoe’s DizzyFeet Foundation. At USC Kaufman, Lenai performed the works of Forsythe, Kylián, Graham, Marshall, Barton, Balanchine, Grimes, and Rhoden, among others. Additionally, she has trained seasonally with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bolshoi Ballet, Miami City Ballet and with legendary ballerina Suzanne Farrell. This is Lenai’s 3rd season with Ballet Hispánico. Mariano Zamora González (Apprentice) is a Costa Rican artist residing in New York City. He began his training at Jazzgoba Dance Academy and later continued at CityDance School & Conservatory in Washington DC. He accepted a scholarship to pursue a BFA in Dance from the University of Southern California under the direction of Jodie Gates. Mariano also acquired a minor in Architecture to combine his visual and kinesthetic talents with functionality of form and space. He is eager to explore various platforms, on concert stages, commercially, and through media entertainment, as his artistic career takes off. This is Mariano’s 1st season with Ballet Hispánico. DESIGNERS Randy Barceló (Costume Designer) was a multi-talented Cuban-born designer and artist. He was the first Hispanic person to be nominated as best costume designer for a Tony Award for his designs for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972. Barceló designed costumes for many other Broadway productions including Lenny, The Magic


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Show, and Ain’t Misbehavin’ among others. He also worked with several dance companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Hispánico, where he worked on his final project in 1994, Alberto Alonso’s Si Señor! Es Mi Son!. Savannah Bell (Lighting Designer) is a New York based lighting designer and production electrician. She often spends time away from home working at places such as Okoboji Summer Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and touring the nation with Broadway musicals. Her past dance opportunities include the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Jody Oberfelder, and Green Space Studios. Ghabriello Fernando (Costume Designer) is a fashion designer from Puerto Rico who is known for his architectonical designs and classic silhouettes. His aesthetic is a bond between past and future; sophistication with a modern twist. From an early age, Ghabriello showed a talent for sewing and design. As a dancer, he began what became his life work by designing dance costume for classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, and many others. In 2011, he debuted as an emerging designer and his popularity spread abroad. Soon enough, many people started knocking on his door for exclusive designs, including celebrities and the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Wilma Pastrana. In 2013, he moved to New York and worked with great designers such as Angel Sanchez, Gustavo Cadille, and Zac Posen. In 2015, he redesigned

costumes for Pedro Ruiz’s Club Havana for Ballet Hispánico. Donald Holder (Lighting Designer) has worked extensively in theater, opera, dance architectural, and television lighting in the US and abroad for over 25 years. He has designed more than 50 Broadway productions, has been nominated for 11 Tony awards, winning the Tony for Best Lighting Director for The Lion King and the 2008 revival of South Pacific. Holder was head of the lighting design program at the Californian Institute of the Arts from 2006-2010, was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Muhlenberg College, and is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Yale University School of Drama. Diana Ruettiger (Costume Reconstruction) has served as wardrobe supervisor for Luna Negra Dance Theater and Costume Designer for Dance for Life Chicago, Columbia College, and The Chicago Academy for the Arts. She has worked as stitcher and crew for The Joffrey Ballet and numerous Broadway touring shows. Ms. Ruettiger owned and operated a costume shop for 25 years before moving to New York to begin her tenure supervising wardrobe for Ballet Hispánico. Joshua Paul Weckesser (Lighting Designer) is originally from Normal, Illinois. He is the founder of Bread & Roses Productions, dedicated to providing production support to art-based originations. Working primarily in circles of dance, Weckesser’s designs have been


seen across the US and internationally. Weckesser has been working closely with Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak as a lighting designer and core collaborator since 2003. He also works with LEVELdance and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project as their resident lighting designer. Career highlights include lighting the first ever eveninglength production of American Tap at the Kennedy Center, working with Karole Armitage in the Netherlands, and touring with Gobsmacked and Che Malambo. Mark Zappone (Costume Designer) served Pacific Northwest Ballet from 1983 to 1988 as costume designer, shop supervisor, and wardrobe master. He then moved to Monte Carlo, where he managed costume shops for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and Le Cabaret de Monte-Carlo, continuing to Switzerland and Amsterdam with Holiday on Ice. Mr. Zappone has collaborated with many renowned choreographers and designers, including Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, and Yuri Possokhov, among others. In addition to his many ballets for PNB, Mr. Zappone has designed costumes for numerous dance companies worldwide. PRODUCTION Glenn Allen Sims (Company Manager) performed for 23 years as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr. Sims grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey where he began his classical dance training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Tinton Falls, NJ. He

received a scholarship to the Ailey School’s Summer Intensive and attended The Juilliard School under Benjamin Harkarvy. Mr. Sims has been featured on several network television programs, including BET Honors, Dancing With The Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Sims, a master teacher, is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor and certified Pilates mat instructor. He has performed in the White House Dance Series and for the King of Morocco. He was featured on the cover of and has written a guest blog for Dance Magazine. SK Watson (Production Manager and Lighting Reconstruction) has worked as a lighting designer for live events and theater for nearly 20 years regionally and in New York. Watson was the lighting supervisor for New York Stage and Film for four seasons. They have designed and coordinated lighting for events and concerts in NYC for the past several years. Favorites include Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, War Child, Michael Kors, and many more. They have also worked extensively with theater companies in New York including Underling Productions, St. Bat’s Players, Everyday Inferno, and others, and have designed over fifty productions for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Watson holds a BA from Centre College and an MFA in lighting design from Ohio University. They are thrilled to be working with Ballet Hispánico. Amy Page (Wardrobe Director) is a costume creator and wardrobe supervisor who is thrilled to return to Ballet Hispánico as their


Wardrobe Director. She enjoys working with costume designers and artists to transform their dreams into reality. Through lightning-fast quick changes and marathon loads of laundry, her calm, capable presence brings a ray of sunshine to the backstage world. Her costumes have graced the stages of Lincoln Center and The Joyce Theater and can be seen in the repertory of Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M., Dance Theater of Harlem, Keigwin & Company, Dorrance Dance, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She has had the pleasure of dressing Tatiana Maslany in Network, as well as the cast of Hamilton on Broadway and has worked in television as a costume fitter for seasons 3 and 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Amy holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Caitlin Brown (Lighting Supervisor) has worked as a lighting designer for dance and theatre for eight years. She is a recent graduate of Ohio University receiving her MFA in lighting. Designs include Silent Sky (Ohio University), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Hangar Theatre), Septem (The Nouveau Sud Project), Elements (DanceFX Atlanta), Henri (Dance Theatre of Greenville), Freedom Train (Matthews Playhouse), and Hand to God (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte). Associate and Assistant credits include Macbeth (Ohio University), Sense & Sensibility (Indiana Repertory Theatre), and Rhinoceros (Tantrum Theatre).

Morgan Lemos (Stage Manager) is happy to be working with Ballet Hispánico for their 2021-2022 tour season. They have previously worked on productions by Mount Holyoke College Dance Department where they graduated in 2020. During this time, they also performed for the Mount Holyoke College Dance Department as well as the Five College Dance Consortium and the Doug Varone and Dancers Company. Morgan holds a BA in physics from Mount Holyoke College. Stacey Dávila (Wardrobe Assistant) is from San Juan, Puerto Rico where she worked for the fashion design line Ecliptica. This is when Norein and Michelle Otero inspired Stacey to pursue a career in costume design. It was her love for costumes, storytelling, and collaboration that made her relocate to Tampa, Florida where she completed a bachelors in costume design at The University of South Florida. She designed for theatre and dance companies in NYC and her most recent project was with the Vail Dance Festival where she collaborated with companies like New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet X, and dancers including Lauren Lovette and Lil Buck. She worked for Ballet Hispánico as a Wardrobe Assistant for 3 seasons and is now back with the Company on their current tour.


Nov 5, 2021

McCullough Theatre

Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin

Pianist, Composer, Bandleader

Presented in partnership with KUTX-FM 32

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Jason Moran

Bass Guitar Tarus Mateen Drums Nasheet Waits Alto Saxophone Logan Richardson Tuba Jose Davila Clarinet Darryl Harper Trumpet David Adewumi Tenor Ingrid Laubrock Trombone Reginald Cyntie Trombone Chris Bates



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Composer, pianist, and visual artist Jason Moran reflects on the legacy of a hero of black music in a multidisciplinary program entitled, James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: The

Absence of Ruin. An iconic figure in the evolution of African-American music, ragtime pioneer, and World War I hero, James Reese Europe led a crack military ensemble called the Harlem Hellfighters. In addition to their achievements in combat, Europe and his Hellfighters


Moran’s innovative program features his Bandwagon bandmates – bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits – plus a seven-piece horn section, contributions from artist/writer/ film director/screenwriter John Akomfrah, and visual materials

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popularized the new spirit of jazz in a war-torn French nation fascinated with black culture. And that’s only the beginning of their story – their legacy has had an extraordinary impact on African-American music over the past century of cultural and political change.


venues worldwide. Moran has also performed with many acclaimed artists such as Charles Lloyd and Dave Holland, he composed a ballet for Alzonzo King LINES Ballet, conceived a jazz and skateboarding collaboration, wrote the film score for Selma, and paid homage to two legendary pianists in his Blue Note album, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, and his multimedia program, In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959. A prolific composer, Moran released two albums in 2018 – Looks of a Lot, which was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Center, and Music for Joan Jonas, a collaboration with performance artist Joan Jonas containing excerpts from three of their major collaborations. The Los Angeles Times hails Moran, “a startlingly gifted pianist with a relentless thirst for experimentation.”

ABOUT JASON MORAN Pianist and composer Jason Moran has established himself as a risktaker and trendsetter for new directions in jazz. Rolling Stone calls him “the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” It’s that incomparable talent and unyielding drive towards innovation that earned Moran a prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and the title of Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz. Since 2000, Moran and his trio The Bandwagon (Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits) have dazzled audiences at elite 36

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from acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young. It’s Moran’s response to Orlando Patterson’s concept of the “absence of ruin” – a musical monument to a vanishing African-American history. Of the US premiere, The Washington Post exclaims, “We already know that Jason Moran is stunningly and profoundly original, even in his treatment of existing material… Knowing it doesn’t prepare one for the stark, sublime beauty of James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin.” James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin, Serious and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and from the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany.


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America’s most celebrated and influential string quartet returns with all-new work by acclaimed composer Michael Abels featuring a libretto by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney.

Kronos Quartet with Inversion Ensemble

At War With Ourselves World Premiere

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Texas Performing Arts now owns the most extensive educational collection of Hollywood motion picture backdrops in the world,


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