Eduardo Vilaro moved to Chicago in 1997 to pursue a Masters degree at Columbia College. Immediately thereafter, he founded Luna Negra Dance Theater in order to defy stereotypes and express the realities of Latin-Americans through authentic contemporary dance. In 2011, he left Luna Negra and returned to succeed Tina Ramirez as Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico.
Luna Negra was Chicago’s premier Latinx dance company and rose from grassroots beginnings to international acclaim in under a decade. As an immigrant and a first-generation Cuban-American, Vilaro was constantly seeking family and connection and used that drive to build a tight-knit and trusting community within his company. For him, the visibility of Luna Negra and any company representing marginalized communities creates a movement for social equity and justice, a message they conveyed through their honest and expressive performance. On this note Vilaro remarked, “Speaking about a culture, I needed everyone to connect to a passion – the emotions, the pain, the grit, the light and the dark.”
His choreography was most recently featured in Northwestern University’s Danceworks 2017: Current Rhythms.