Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a tribute to famous Mexican dancer and choreographer, Gloria Contreras. The tribute will be led by Contreras's son, Gregorio Luke, and will include a lecture and discussion of Contreras's work and legacy. The lecture is presented in conjunction with The Washington School of Ballet's homage to Gloria Contreras, taking place November 5 & 6 at the Washington School of Ballet.
Gloria Contreras (1934-2015) fused universal ballet with historical Mexican dances for a new definition of modern Mexico. A disciple of Nelsy D'Ambre and George Balanchine she created over 250 ballets, which were presented in the U.S., Russia, Europe and Latin America by companies such as the New York City Ballet, the Joffery Ballet, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet among others. In 1970 Contreras founded the Taller Coreográfico de la UNAM, one of Mexico' most vibrant contemporary ballet companies which she directed for 45 years.
Gregorio Luke is the former Deputy Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., Cultural Attaché of Mexico in Los Angeles and Director of the Museum of Latin American Art MoLAA in Long Beach, CA. A Smithsonian scholar, Mr. Luke is an expert in Mexican and Latin American art. He has presented over 1,000 lectures in institutions such as The Library of Congress, the Detroit Institute of Art, Harvard, and many others.
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