Ritmos Latinos

Samba! Rhumba! Cha-Cha- Cha!

Get swept away in the sizzling tempo and rhythms of SDB’s latest world premiere, written and performed live by jazz icon, Gilbert Castellanos and San Diego’s hottest Latin Jazz musicians. Also on the program, last year’s evocative Noche De Ronda, set the music of Mexico’s beloved composer, Agustin Lara.

Lyceum Theater
February 16, 8pm (Friday)
February 17, 8pm (Saturday)
February 18, 2:30pm (Sunday)

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Movida Artistica Champagne Reception

Please join the artists from Ritmos Latinos. Mingle in the Lyceum’s newly renovated lobby immediately following the program. February 17th after Saturday evening’s performance

$20 (purchased separately from performance tickets)

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Director’s Notes

I try to include at least one piece that has a Latin American influence in the season. This year, the company is going one better. We are making a commitment to establish an annual evening of Latin influenced dance in our seasons from now on.

Movida Artistica champagne receptionOf course, the centerpiece of the evening is the return of Gilbert Castellanos’ AUDAZ, which we commissioned for the company last year. Dancing to live music is always such a treat for the dancers, but it doesn’t necessarily make things easier, especially, when that music is jazz based. It means that the dancers have to keep more on top of their game because the piece can sound very different from one night to the next. Dance and music should be having a dialogue with each other. In this case, it’s always a new experience from night to night.

THREE LATIN AMERICAN SKETCHES is a piece of music that has been rolling around in my head for over a decade. I have known that I wanted to do something with it, but couldn’t figure out the shape that it should take. In the past, I have used our choreographer’s concert, Dance Gallery, to experiment with possible pieces for the season. That was the case with this piece. I worked on some movement for 2 of the 3 pieces and the larger piece revealed itself to me. While based in classical ballet, the movement has taken some flavor from Mexican imagery and folk dance. It is also a bit of a exploration of a piece of music that sounds simple but is actually very complicated.

The third piece on this program is going to be a bit of a surprise, but here is a hint… it will be a bit of a nod to the Valentine’s season… en español.