Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

Ballet Hispánico

May 2, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Tickets Start at $29 (Plus Applicable Fees)

About CARMEN.maquia

Embark on a journey through time and emotion as Ballet Hispánico commemorates 150 years of Carmen in a spellbinding dance performance. Choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s quintessential work breathes new life into Bizet’s timeless tale, infusing it with raw passion and visceral energy. Join us as the narrative of Carmen leaps off the stage and into your soul, amplified through Ballet Hispánico’s mesmerizing movement and evocative choreography.

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s CARMEN.maquia is an electrifying reimagining of Bizet’s classic. This audacious production features costumes by visionary fashion designer David Delfin and evocative set design by Luis Crespo. Ramírez Sansano explains the title’s significance: “I saw many Carmens and didn’t want to call it just Carmen. The art of bullfighting is ‘tauromaquia,’ and Picasso said Carmen was like the untamable bull. So, we took ‘tauromaquia, ‘removed ‘tauro,’ and added ‘Carmen.'”

About Carmen: French composer Georges Bizet’s Carmen tells the story of a fiery and free-spirited woman whose allure and defiance captivate those around her. The narrative follows Carmen as she navigates the complexities of love, jealousy, and freedom—and the consequences they bring.

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

“This Carmen has a spare, elegant, Modernist look.”

New York Times

Photo 1 by Marius Fiskum, Northern Lights Festival | Photos 2 & 3 by Paula Lobo.

About Ballet Hispánico

Ballet Hispánico was founded on the principle that everyone deserves dance, quality dance training, and innovative performances. In creating the company in 1970, Tina Ramirez shattered a glass ceiling – challenging iconic representations and exposing the joy and celebration to be found in Latinidad. Despite its humble origins, Ballet Hispánico immediately served as a catalyst for people in the Latine/x/Hispanic community, especially for Latino youth, to follow their dreams in the cultural world.

Today, as the largest Latino cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures, Ballet Hispánico’s three main programs, the Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships bring together communities to celebrate the ever growing and multifaceted Hispanic diasporas. Ballet Hispánico’s New York City headquarters provide the space and cultural heart for Latinx dance in the United States. It is a space that expands on Ramirez’s original vision by providing our community the ability to train through dedicated scholarship opportunities, exceptional dance training, inclusive cultural dialogues, and exemplary performances. No matter their background or identity, Ballet Hispánico welcomes and serves all, breaking stereotypes and celebrating the beauty and diversity of Hispanic cultures through dance.

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About Gustavo Ramírez Sansano

Gustavo Ramírez Sansano was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater (2009-2013), and now he combines his work as a freelance choreographer with the direction of Titoyaya Dansa, the company he founded in Spain with Veronica Garcia Moscardo in 2006. Sansano has received numerous awards for his choreography, including first prize at the Ricard Moragas Competition in Barcelona (1997), Prix Dom Perignon Choreographic Competition in Hamburg (2001), and Premio de Las Artes Escénicas de la Comunidad Valenciana (2005).

Sansano has been commissioned to create works for many companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luzerner tanz Theater, Ballet BC, The Hamburg Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispánico and Luna Negra Dance Theater, among others.

Student & Teacher Tickets

The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education & Community Program is pleased to announce student and teacher tickets are available for this performance. Limited availability. Limited to two tickets per person with valid student/teacher ID.

Tickets available in advance: Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees) for Green seats on seatmap. Ticket purchasers must pick up their tickets at Will Call the night of the performance.

Day of Rush: Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees). Available two hours prior to show time, best available.

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Please note that for this performance online purchases have a limit of eight (8) tickets per customer. To purchase additional tickets or to inquire about group sales, please contact the ticket office directly at (843) 242-3099.