Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s famed Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America’s cultural treasures, announces the premiere of Doña Perón in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, Nov. 30 – Dec. 3, 2022, Wed – Sat at 8:00 PM, Sat at 2 p.m.
Tickets are currently available by subscription and can be purchased online at https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/subscriptions/2022-2023/ballet-dance/, by phone (202-416-8500), or in person with the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC Single ticket sales date to be announced at a later date.
Ballet Hispánico, last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2013, returns with Doña Perón by internationally renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, set to music by Peter Salem. Doña Perón is the company’s first full-length work commissioned by the company and recaptures the story of the iconic Latina figure by a Latina choreographer. The work is an explosive portrait of Eva “Evita” Perón, one of the most recognizable and controversial women in Argentine history. Evita, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy farmer, hid this shameful past as she rose from dancehall artist to Argentine First Lady – all before her untimely death at age 33.
Doña Perón uncovers the extremes of power at the forefront of Evita’s life. Her work as an activist and advocate for Argentine women and the working class sparked skepticism as she surrendered to the opulence of a high-class life. A voice for the people, or a deceitful actress? Ochoa explores these diverse legacies and more in this groundbreaking work, marking Ballet Hispánico’s move past their 50th anniversary and continuing to center the voices of Latinx performers.
“She’s not a fairytale character, she’s not a literary character,” said Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. “She’s a real woman, and for me it’s interesting to put her on stage because she’s hard to locate. I want to give dancers real roles, not always the beautiful ones. Women are complex and it’s nice to see all these I am very grateful to be able to put this woman, Evita Perón, on stage as a female choreographer.”