Hispanic and Latinx Artists
In celebration of all the Latinx and Hispanic artists who have been embraced by Jacob’s Pillow since the 1940s, this playlist encompasses those with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Represented here are multiple genres, with complementary and entirely distinct playlists celebrating Hispanic Heritage and Flamenco.
This work by Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa addresses the discrimination and stereotypes placed upon Latinx culture and the power of the media.
joyUS justUS, 2021
Founded and directed by Cuban-American artist Ana Maria Alvarez, CONTRA-TIEMPO draws upon a diverse group of performers to create works that are physically intense and politically astute.
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
Choreographed by founding artistic director Dame Libby Komaiko, this signature work by the Chicago-based Ensemble Español demonstrates the company’s broad-based appeal.
a rather lovely thing, 2016
Bryan Arias, born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, created and premiered the full-evening work seen here at Jacob’s Pillow. His aim was “to leave the viewer questioning their logic of identity, and thinking of the connections that define them.”
Companhia Urbana de Dança
ID: Entidades, 2013
Founded by Sonia Destri Lie and Tiago Sousa in Rio de Janeiro as a community-based dance company, Companhia Urbana de Dança is seen here in its Pillow debut.
Luna Negra Dance Theater
Brazilian dancemaker Fernando Melo’s Bate was inspired by the spirit of Brazilian soap operas and the masculine world of Samba, where men express not only their love and devotion to women, but also their troubles and melancholy.
One of Havana’s most prominent companies, DanzAbierta is seen here in its Pillow debut, with elaborate projections bringing their home city to life on stage.
Mimulus Dance Company
Do Lado Esquerdo de Quem Sobe, 2007
Based in the same Brazilian city that’s home to Grupo Corpo, Mimulus is directed by Jomar Mesquita, who directed a 2011 program for The School at Jacob’s Pillow devoted to Samba.
Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza
Waters of Forgetfulness, 2006
The entire stage of the Ted Shawn Theatre was submerged in water for the U.S. premiere of this work by a Mexico City-based company, aiming to reflect the symbolic role water plays as a vital, life-giving force.
A Poc A Poc Danza
Voz Sumergida (Submerged Voice), 2005
Although this company was founded in Barcelona in 1994, choreographer Jaime Camarena moved the group to his native Mexico City five years later, and in 2005 brought them to the Pillow for their U.S. debut.
Focusing on the artistry of Madrid-born Soledad Barrio, Noche Flamenca performs regularly in New York City, as well as touring extensively across the U.S. and Canada, in Europe, the Middle East, Argentina, and Australia.
The opening work of this company’s Pillow debut engagement, Parabelo refers to a Brazilian modernist movement of the 1920s which adapted foreign culture to local modes.
Sur-Perros del Sur, 1992
Based in Spain’s Catalonia region, Mal Pelo developed the work seen here during a 1992 Pillow residency (when this video was created) and returned to perform it again the following season.
Danse Creole, 1984
Choreographer Geoffrey Holder created Danse Creole to evoke the traditions of his native Trinidad, and it was included on Ballet Hispánico’s Pillow debut program.
Made in Japan, 1981
Born in Puerto Rico, Manuel Alum created the work seen here as “a kinetic diary, made up of observations, reactions, imagery and impressions that Japan revealed to me.”
Tanaquil LeClercq & Nicholas Magallanes
La Valse, 1951
Nicholas Magallanes was born in Mexico and, at the age of five, immigrated with his family to the U.S. where he made his professional debut at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and created roles in dozens of works for New York City Ballet.