Every time the word dance is mentioned, it takes things to the next level as it opens up ways of expression that one can never measure and/or appreciate. Granted and perhaps not everyone may feel the same, however, if the opportunity presents itself to be part of an event in the name of dance – why not follow through.
Ballet Hispanico presented and honored it’s 45th Anniversary New York season at the Joyce Theater in Manhattan. Leading as the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, Ballet Hispanico hosted and highlighted three separate showcases (introduced within the forty-five years) on one stage at the Joyce Theater.
Take classic Ballet, add modern dance, and remix with a spice of Latino flavor and voila- that is what to expect – perhaps, even more depending on different perspectives.
On April 5, Flabbergast (2001), produced by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, made its New York Premiere and it definitely did not disappoint to kick-off the three-part series of the night. Wherever there was a moment of doubt of what to expect next – was quickly filled with an unexpected laughter poking fun at the misconceptions of foreign travel.
Ramon Oller introduced the second part of the series titled Bury Me Standing (1998) . Inspired by Spain and Eastern European traditional gypsies folk songs depicting Roma’s sensuality and exuberant strength and celebrating past oppression history -in a light and fun way.
Last but not least, to the series of the night was Pedro Ruiz’s Club Havana (2000). Taking in back to retro Havana in the 1950’s , this production closed out the night with brightly colored costumes, bringing back the Cha-Cha, the ancient movements of the conga, rumba, and mambo all in one to get a real feel of the old Havana- sort of speak.
In case you missed this premiere event, the production will be available until April 9. From April 9-10 the En Familiar programs kick in with Asuka, Tito on Timables, and Sombrerisimo adding on to the mix.
By the way, the Ballet Hispanico Gala is coming up on May 16 and the only way to get tickets and/or to these performances before they end is by clicking here.