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UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Ballet Hispánico Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years Friday, April 29th at 8:00 p.m. at The Granada Theatre

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Ballet Hispánico’s performance and educational community outreach is part of the new three-year UCSB A&L Arnhold A&L Education Initiative, a major gift to foster education, entertainment and inspiration 

SUMMARY

  • UCSB Arts & Lectures presents One of America’s Cultural Treasures, Ballet Hispánico: Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years 
  • Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico celebrates Latinx cultures through innovative performances that elevate diverse artists and ignite cultural pride 
  • This 50th anniversary program from the pioneering, New York-based company features Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s biting, West Side Story-inspired Tiburones. The award-winning Lopez Ochoa, a sought-after choreographer who excels at narrative ballet, has created works for 68 dance companies worldwide
  • Noche de Oro also includes Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 18+1 and Vicente Nebrada’s Arabesque.
  • Made possible by the Arnhold A&L Education Initiative, a generous gift of $1.145 million from UC Santa Barbara English Department Alumnus John Arnhold, with his wife Jody, a luminary in dance education, that will be used over three years to support multi-day residencies with renowned artists like Ballet Hispánico, Wynton Marsalis, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and more
  • This presentation is part of A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative
  • Friday, April 29th / 8:00 p.m. Pacific / The Granada Theatre
  • $51.00 – $66:00: General Public / FREE for UCSB Students (Current student ID required)
  • Health & Safety: Proof of full vaccination (including booster, when eligible) is required for all attendees. Visit https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/SeasonFAQs/ for updates and further details.
  • Tickets/Info: (805) 893-3535, www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu or www.GranadaSB.org
  • At-home viewing is not available for this event.
  • Note new date: This event was rescheduled from FRI, JAN 21 to FRI, APR 29, 2022.

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UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) presents Ballet Hispánico Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years, Friday, Friday, April 29th at 8:00 p.m. at The Granada Theatre. This presentation is part of the 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative.

Named one of America’s Cultural Treasures by the Ford Foundation, Ballet Hispánico celebrates Latinx cultures through innovative performances that elevate diverse artists and ignite cultural pride. This 50th anniversary program from the pioneering, New York-based company features Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s biting, West Side Story-inspired Tiburones. The award-winning Lopez Ochoa, a sought-after choreographer who excels at narrative ballet, has created works for 68 dance companies worldwide. Noche de Oro also includes Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s 18+1 and Vicente Nebrada’s Arabesque.

Program

Vicente Nebrada: Arabesque

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa: Tiburones

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano: 18+1

The Ballet Hispánico performance and community educational outreach is part of the new three-year UCSB A&L Arnhold A&L Education Initiative, a major gift to foster education, entertainment and inspiration. UC Santa Barbara English Department Alumnus John Arnhold, with his wife Jody, a luminary in dance education, have made a generous gift of $1.145 million that will be used over three years to support multi-day residencies with renowned artists like Ballet Hispánico, Wynton Marsalis, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and more. The Arnhold A&L Education Initiative will deepen A&L’s signature cross-campus collaborations that connect featured A&L guests with students in the classroom, enhancing campus partnerships across disciplines. Arts & Lectures’ outreach programs provide hundreds of educational programs each year. Through Access for ALL, Arts & Lectures’ suite of education and community programs, inspirational, enriching and dynamic learning opportunities are possible for classrooms, campus and the community. The Arnhold A&L Education Initiative will have a transformative effect in the years ahead.   

Ballet Hispánico’s extensive residency will include a community dance class in Ventura, Calif., with members of the Ballet Hispánico corps, and a three-day campus residency featuring 6 master classes for students in UC Santa Barbara’s Theater and Dance department. Artistic Director Vilaro will hold a conversation with students in “The History and Appreciation of Dance,” and a post-performance talk-back/Q&A with audience members. Please note health protocols apply to all public and outreach events. 

“The Ballet Hispánico performance and dance residency at Namba Arts is an example of what makes UCSB A&L unique as a cultural steward of the arts on the Central Coast,” says Loribeth  Gregory-Beck, A&L’s Director of Education & Community Engagement. “We are known for the partnerships we cultivate between elite artists, extraordinary sponsors and live and virtual audiences. We take live performances to a higher level by fostering relationships between artists, UCSB students and  community members. Our educational outreach creates all-encompassing, rich, accessible, arts programming that perfectly aligns with the A&L mission.” She adds that “Learners of all ages, both on campus and off, benefit from the inspiration shared during educational sessions.”

The Ballet Hispánico performance and complementary campus and community dance education outreach programming reflects UCSB’s status as a minority serving institution serving the needs of diverse student populations. In 2015, UCSB was designated both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), by the US Department of Education, reflecting our undergraduate enrollment of Latinx/Chicanx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students. UCSB was the first member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) to become an HSI.

ABOUT BALLET HISPÁNICO

“The Latin-American experience at last has a voice in the feisty, elegant dancing of Ballet Hispánico.” The New York Times

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

For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy, and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.

National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970, at the height of the post-war civil rights movements. From its inception Ballet Hispánico focused on providing a haven for Black and Brown Latinx youth and families seeking artistic place and cultural sanctuary. By providing the space for Latinx dance and dancers to flourish, Ballet Hispánico uplifted marginalized emerging and working artists, which combined with the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, fueled the organization’s roots and trajectory. In 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director, ushering in a new era by inserting fresh energy to the company’s founding values and leading Ballet Hispánico into an artistically vibrant future. Today, Ballet Hispánico’s New York City headquarters house a School of Dance and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programs and the arts community. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, for fifty years Ballet Hispánico has stood as a catalyst for social change.

Ballet Hispánico provides the physical home and cultural heart for Latinx dance in the United States. Ballet Hispánico has developed a robust public presence across its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships.

Through its exemplary artistry, distinguished training program, and deep-rooted community engagement efforts Ballet Hispánico champions and amplifies underrepresented voices in the field. For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has provided a place of honor for the omitted, overlooked, and oppressed. As it looks to the next fifty years and beyond, Ballet Hispánico seeks to empower, and give agency to, the Latinx experience and those individuals within it.

Watch Tiburones by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa>>https://vimeo.com/392789409

See A&L’s upcoming Spring 2022 lineup here

This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.

Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond.

A&L’s 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative has already inspired our community with presentations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, chef José Andrés and author Anne Lamott. We will continue to inspire, through shared experiences with thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries who will guide us forward. CREATING HOPE programs strengthen human connection, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change. Learn more about the CREATING HOPE: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/CreatingHope.aspx

ABOUT UCSB ARTS & LECTURES

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A&L annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.  

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Ballet Hispánico: Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures in association with the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance.

$51.00 – $66:00: General Public / FREE for UCSB Students (Current student ID required).

For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.

Major Sponsor: Jody & John Arnhold

Dance Series Sponsors: Sarah & Roger Chrisman, Margo Cohen-Feinberg & Bob Feinberg, Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher, Barbara Stupay, and Sheila Wald

UCSB Arts & Lectures gratefully acknowledges our Community Partners the Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli for their generous support of the 2021-2022 season.

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