Thursday, October 3, 2019
9 am to Noon
Valéncia Arts Center
1164 W. Howard Street (enter on Vila Street)
Winona, MN 55987
$50 per person
Unlocking Creativity with Eduardo Vilaro
This workshop is ideal for non-profit organization staff and board members, business professionals, and community leaders.
Through the exploration of choreographic principles, movement invention and process development, this workshop is designed to help participants discover how their creative capacity can unleash new perspectives and practices in their work and for their fields. Participants will be led through exercises including Laban principles of movement that aid in recovering the carefree creativity of childhood and that utilize the artistic process as a catalyst for energizing their daily lives. Led by Ballet Hispánico Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the workshop invites all participants to become dancemakers. Participants are asked to bring a notebook and pen, and wear moveable clothing.
Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual, and historical essence of Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet, and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine’s 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit’s WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award.