Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández
Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández is the daughter of Mexico’s national treasure and world dance icon, Amalia Hernández, and Argentine writer Joaquín Basanta. Basanta’s training with contemporary legends such as Alvin Nikolai, Hania Holm, Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey facilitated her 20+ year career as principal soloist and soloist with Amalia Hernández’s Ballet Folklórico de México. She has been recognized around the world for her interpretation of her mother’s works, Los Maya, Sones Antiguos de Michoacán, and her interpretation of La Juana Gallo from La Revolución Mexicana. 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.
In 2018, she inaugurated the Ballet de México de Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández USA with Elisa Fulks, together they lead a series of workshops and dance master classes in different states and cities of the United States as a satellite program of ACADEZ, Amalia Hernández Dance Academy. Basanta has collaborated and created works for the Minería Symphony and the National Symphony of Mexico. His most recent ballets include the world premiere of La Mulata de Córdoba at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Maria, Lara y Sus Mujeres, Homenaje a Hidalgo, De la Caña a Carnaval, México Ayer y Hoy, and Fandango en Rojo. His unique approach to blending history, folklore, and contemporary movement is matched by the changing demographic and image of America today.
Viviana Amalia Álvarez Basanta
She was born into a family that is dedicated to the arts, particularly dance, but with the characteristic of always having a deep love and respect for Mexico. Daughter of the dancer and choreographer Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández and the architect Benito Álvarez and granddaughter of Amalia Hernández, creator of the Ballet Folklorico de México. From a very early age she took classes with various great ballet and folklore teachers, first at her grandmother’s house so that she could see their work and progress and then at the Ballet School, her mother also took her to drink courses elsewhere to complement their training. She decides to pursue her humanist passion and studies International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana, upon finishing she ventures to work on issues related to human rights, migration and against human trafficking.