Ballet Hispánico in “Doña Perón,”courtesy of Paula Lobo
The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., presents Ballet Hispánico’s Doña Perón by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa — November 30 – December 3, 2022
Doña Perón is an explosive portrait of Eva “Evita” Perón, one of the most recognizable, and controversial, women in Argentinian history. The illegitimate daughter of a prosperous farmer, Evita concealed this shameful past as she rose the ranks from dancehall performer to Argentina’s First Lady – all before her untimely death at the age of 33.
Doña Perón brings to light the extremes of power at the forefront of Evita’s life. Her work as an activist and advocate for Argentina’s women and working class raised skepticism as she indulged in the opulence of a high-class life. A voice for the people, or a deceitful actress? Amsterdam-based choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa explores these diverging legacies and more in her first-ever evening-length work for Ballet Hispánico.
Doña Perón marks choreographer Lopez Ochoa’s first evening-length work for Ballet Hispánico, and reclaims the narrative oft he iconic Latina figure by a Latina choreographer. This will be a seminal work for Ballet Hispánico as the Company moves beyond its 50th Anniversary and continues centering the voices of Latinx artists.
Lopez Ochoa: “She’s not a fairytale character, she’s not a literary character. She’s a real woman, and for me, it’s interesting to put her on stage because she’s difficult to pin point.”
“I want to give female dancers real roles, not always the nice roles. Women are complex and it’s nice to show all of these facets. I’m very grateful that I can put this woman, Evita Perón, on stage as a female choreographer.”