≈ 70 minutes · No intermission
Welcome everyone to a new season of NAC Dance! And what a spectacular way to begin, with the brilliant Ballet Hispánico on our stage for the first time. Currently in its 52nd year, the company is dedicated to reflecting the experience of Latinx/Hispanic culture through innovative dance productions and community engagement, and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the USA. Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro – who took over the helm from founder Tina Ramirez (1929-2022) in 2009 – commissioned the internationally acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to create her first full-evening piece for the company. Doña Perón explores, through majestic storytelling, the complicated and emotional life of Eva Perón and her controversial rise in Argentinian society. With sweeping choreography that showcases these amazing dancers, captivating music performed live by a fantastic five-piece ensemble, and dazzling sets and costumes, this luscious contemporary ballet is a feast for the senses.
Many spectacular performances are on offer over the coming months featuring a diverse range of voices, expressions and styles. On behalf of all of us at NAC Dance, we look forward to seeing you throughout the season as we celebrate Life in Motion!
Last updated: October 4, 2022
70 minutes – No intermission
“She’s not a fairytale character, she’s not a literary character. She’s a real woman, and for me, it’s interesting to put her on stage because she’s difficult to pin point. I want to give female dancers real roles, not always the nice roles. Women are complex and it’s nice to show all of these facets. I’m very grateful that I can put this woman, Evita Perón, on stage as a female choreographer.”
– Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Choreographer of Doña Perón
Doña Perón is an explosive portrait of Eva “Evita” Perón, one of the most recognizable, and controversial, women in Argentinian history. The illegitimate daughter of a prosperous farmer, Evita concealed this shameful past as she rose the ranks from dancehall performer to Argentina’s First Lady – all before her untimely death at the age of 33.
Doña Perón brings to light the extremes of power at the forefront of Evita’s life. Her work as an activist and advocate for Argentina’s women and working class raised skepticism as she indulged in the opulence of a high-class life. A voice for the people, or a deceitful actress? Both loved and controversial, we follow the narrative of the iconic figure through her tragic and complex life in the public eye.
Choreographed by internationally renowned Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, in collaboration with Artistic collaborator Nancy Meckler, Doña Perón marks Lopez Ochoa’s first evening-length work for the Company. A symbolic creation where a Latina choreographer reclaims the narrative of the iconic Latina figure and marks the 50th anniversary of the company. Set to music of the inimitable composer Peter Salem, Doña Perón is your opportunity to appreciate the exquisite artistry of Ballet Hispánico with this full-length contemporary ballet.
MetLife Foundation is an Official Tour Sponsor of Ballet Hispánico. The 2022-2023 Ballet Hispánico National Tour is made possible by JPMorgan Chase, an Official Tour Sponsor.
Transformational funding for Ballet Hispánico is provided by MacKenzie Scott, the Ford Foundation America’s Cultural Treasures program, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Major support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Miranda Family Fund, the Scherman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, the Tatiana Piankova Foundation, the Prospect Hill Foundation, the Mosaic Network and Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Support for Doña Perón was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This production was made possible by support from contributors to the Perry Granoff New Works Project.
Peter has carved a very successful career for himself as a widely respected score composer who possesses the very rare ability of being able to write for any idiom. Whether it’s film, television, theatre, ballet or concert hall, Peter has constantly proved he is a composer of true expertise, innate understanding and uncompromising quality of output.
His diverse projects include four seasons of the highly acclaimed BBC series, Call the Midwife, two beautifully toned BBC productions: Cider with Rosie and Five Daughters, both for the acclaimed director Philippa Lowthorpe. He also scored the hugely successful documentary series Francesco’s Venice and Simon Schama’s, The Power of Art: Caravaggio; all works for which he produced wonderfully evocative and attention grabbing scores.
Peter is very much in demand among ballet companies and choreographers following a number of hugely successful and high-profile productions including Broken Wings for English National Ballet and The Little Prince for Ballet X. His full-length ballet score, Camino Real, based on Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece of the same name, was premiered by Atlanta Ballet.
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