April 9 & 10, 2019
Ballet Hispánico's website
“The Latin-American experience at last has a voice.” — The New York Times
Choreographer Michelle Manzanales knows what it means to be caught between cultures. In her work, Con Brazos Abiertos, Manzanales illustrates her experience growing up Mexican-American, both reluctant and unsure how to embrace her two cultural identities. America’s premier Latino dance organization for more than 48 years, Ballet Hispánico infuses bold and eclectic contemporary dance with traditional Latino influences — showcasing its heritage-inspired movements both on stage and in the classroom. Con Brazos Abiertos’ lesson in humility, nostalgia and humor is only one piece of Ballet Hispánico’s powerful puzzle, bringing with it Línea Recta, a stunning display of flamenco’s physical demands, and Catorce Dieciséis, a theatrical and breathtaking piece that draws inspiration from the number Pi to reflect on the circularity of our movement through life.
With three days of unique options, Ballet Hispánico’s Asheville residency* includes:
- Fusion Contemporary Dance Class, a master class for intermediate/advanced level dance students: Monday, April 8 at 4:00 PM at YMI Cultural Center — Learn more
- Latin Social Dance Class and Party, open to all skill levels: Monday, April 8 at 6:00 PM at YMI Cultural Center — Learn more
- Pre-performance discussions before each 8:00 PM evening performance: Tuesday & Wednesday, April 9 & 10, 7:00-7:30 PM at YMI Cultural Center.
- Matinee Series performance for students, open to school groups, homeschoolers, community groups and families: Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 AM at Diana Wortham Theatre — Learn more
- Special in-school performances and workshops for local students
*Check back for dates and times.