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Digital Premiere: Ballet Hispánico's Buscando a Juan

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Choreography by Eduardo Vilaro
Dancers from Ballet Hispánico: Fatima Andere, Leonardo Brito, Antonio Cangiano, Amanda del Valle, Dylan Dias McIntyre, Omar Rivéra, Gabrielle Sprauve
Music: “La Pasión segun San Marcos” by Osvaldo Golijov, performed by Orquesta La Pasion, Members of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela & Maria Guinand

Commissioned by MetLiveArts

As part of The Met’s celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, we’re thrilled to release the video of “Buscando a Juan,” along with a discussion between choreographer Eduardo Vilaro, The Met’s Lulu C. and Anthony W. Wang General Manager of Live Arts Limor Tomer, and co-curator of the exhibition Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter Vanessa K. Valdés.

Choreographed by Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, Buscando a Juan (“Looking for Juan”) reacts to the ideas presented in The Met’s exhibit Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter. This MetLiveArts commission explores the “sancocho”—literally, mixed soup—of cultures and diasporas. Through the exoticized body and fixation on gesture and sensuality, Buscando a Juan considers the assumptions experienced when witnessing people of color in traditionally white spaces.

For more information, please visit the event's page here.

Buscando a Juan is made possible by the Arnhold Fund for Dance Innovation at The Met and the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art.

Buscando a Juan was recorded on Thursday, July 13, 2023 in the Robert Lehman Wing, Court Level.

The discussion was recorded on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.

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