Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández
Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández is daughter of Mexico’s national treasure and world dance icon, Amalia Hernández and Argentinian writer Joaquin Basanta. Basanta’s training with contemporary legends, Alvin Nikolai, Hania Holm, Katherine Dunham, and Alvin Ailey facilitated her more than 20-year career as a principal and soloist with Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. She has been recognized around the world for her interpretation of her mother’s works, Los Maya, Sones Antiguos de Michoacan, and her portrayal of La Juana Gallo from The Mexican Revolution. Basanta also directs México en Movimiento, where she has captured the rich history and essence of Mexico, past and present, with a vocabulary of movement that speaks to a sophisticated and international audience. This year she inaugurates Ballet de México de Amalia VB Hernández USA, with a series of workshops and master classes across the United States, as a satellite program of ACADEZ, Academia de Danza Amalia Hernández. Basanta has collaborated and created works for La Sinfónica de Mineria and La Sinfónica Naciónal de México. Her most recent ballets include the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, World Premier of La Mulata de Córdoba, Maria, Lara y Sus Mujeres, Homenaje a Hidalgo, De la Caña a Carnaval, Mexico Ayer y Hoy and Fandango en Rojo. Her unique approach to combining history, folklore, and contemporary movement, parallels the rapidly changing demographic and image of America today.