About Herman Cornejo
New York, New York
Herman Cornejo (CBA ’22) has been a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre since 2003. He has guested for companies including Teatro alla Scala, National Ballet of Japan, Kremlin Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hamburg Ballett. Cornejo has received distinctions such as a 2013 Bessie Award presented by the NY Dance & Performance League, the 2014 Prix Benois de la Danse as Outstanding Male Dancer of the Year, Latin Idol by Hispanic Magazine, and Dancer of the Year by The New York Times.
His repertoire consists of more than ninety leading roles in classical and contemporary ballets. He has choreographed Tango y Yo for Dance Open Festival, Two sunsets for Dancers Against Cancer, Transcendence for the Kings of the Dance Tour, Milongón amigo for the Vail International Dance Festival and Momentum with concert pianist Bruce Levingston for “Trio Concert Dance” and a tribute to New York to the score of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for the debut of his new project DANCELIVE in 2020.
The dancer and choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky spent a significant amount of time in Buenos Aires and became enraptured with Argentinian dances and folklore. He was in the midst of developing a new ballet based on the indigenous legend of the “Urutaú’” with Igor Stravinsky who signed on as composer when his mental illness forced him into psychiatric treatment and stalled the production. At CBA, Herman Cornejo will pick up where he left off and create a new work based on the themes and ethos of Nijinksky’s vision, using the Argentine folkloric Malambo rhythms.