Ballet Hispanico will “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired dancing at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.
Ballet Hispanico’s production of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana is made possible by The Arnhold Foundation.
Filmed on 16 and 18 September 2015 at the Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona
For Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance
Running time: 103 minutes
BBFC Certification: ‘U’
Photo credit: Kimberly Van Woesik in Ballet Hispanico’s CARMEN.maquia (©Paula Lobo).