CARMEN.maquia Is Ballet Hispanico’s First Evening-Length Narrative Ballet

“Creating CARMEN.maquia – Ballet Hispanico”

[New York, NY] – Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its annual return to the Apollo stage to present the New York Premiere of its first evening-length narrative work, CARMEN.maquia, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, in a one-night-only engagement on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8pm. The performance is sponsored by Goya Foods.

Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia, like Georges Bizet’s iconic opera about a passionate gypsy, is riveting from start to finish. The physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with the subtleties of the Spanish paso doble and flamenco dances. A stunning set design by Luis Crespo and minimalist black-and-white costumes by fashion designer David Delfin evoke the paintings of Pablo Picasso. Highly original and full of elaborate partnering, CARMEN.maquia is a bold and electrifying reimagining of this tragic tale.

“Storytelling and movement is intrinsic to our culture and woven into the fabric of who we are as human beings, and I am thrilled to give New York audiences the opportunity to experience the story of Carmen through the eyes of a contemporary Spanish choreographer,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico. “Gustavo Ramírez Sansano has created a seductive, bold, and brilliant work that will delight and inspire.”

Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano first presented his work in New York when he choreographed for Ballet Hispanico in April 2014, premiering El Beso. Critics praised the choreography and the work:

“Full of bold, astute, unexpected choices…. Imbued with invention, humor, and spontaneity… Let’s see more from Mr. Sansano soon.” – The New York Times

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