Director Gisela Cardenas (NYC) will develop Hybrid Suite No. 2: The Carmen Variations, a hybrid opera that mixes electronic music with acoustic instruments and opera-trained musicians conceived as an answer to Bizet's Carmen. Excavating different layers of feminine eroticism, the work challenges stereotypes of foreignness and femininity.
Leadership support for BAC has been provided by Altman Foundation, Anonymous, James H. Duffy, The Enoch Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation, and Dance/ NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Ford Foundation provides leadership support for international residencies.
Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.
Gisela Cardenas' work has been seen in the UK, Germany, Peru, Brazil, Romania, The Netherlands, Norway, and the USA. Awards and Memberships: Princess Grace Theater Fellowship & Award (2007& 2012), 2008 Phil Killian Directing Fellow (OSF), 2008-10 Women's Project Director’s Lab, recipient of the TCG/NEA 2009/2011 Career Development Program for Directors.
Selected Credits: a contemporary adaptation of Agamemnon (Drama Desk Nomination 2006/Directing), Fires after Marguerite's Yourcenar, Jose Watanabe’s Antigone (Romania), HotInk Festival 2008-2009, Part 1 of An Oresteia (Classic Stage Company), Maria Irene Fornés’ Tango Palace & Dr. Kheal for the 2010 New York Fornés Festival, Euripides' Medea (Perú-Argentina), Richard III (Norway), Weskler's The Kitchen, Fassbinder’s Katzelmaher (Barnard College), Peter Asmussen’s Nobody Meets Anyone (Brazil), Mary Stuart (Barnard College), Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare (NYU/ETW), and Sergio Blanco’s Thebas Land (South America). With In Tandem Lab: Instructions to Decode A(n In)human Transformation (NYC), Upcoming: An Isle Full of Noises, a sonic performance of the Tempest, and Dying for It (writer and director). She is a Graduate from Columbia University Theatre Division and NYU Performance Studies.