Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ballet Hispanico at the JOYCE Theater

Photo of the poster outside the Joyce Theatre featuring an image of Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva (photo by Eduardo Patino), one of the talented dancers that performed this evening.

It was an exciting and engaging evening at the Joyce Theater in Chelsea where I saw a performance of BALLET HISPANICO. It was my first time to see a dance performance at the Joyce Theater, and also my first time to see the performance of Ballet Hispanico, which is considered the preeminent Hispanic-American dance institution in the country. The program showed the dynamic range of the group's repertoire with both recorded and live music. Under the leadership of Eduardo Vilaro, the program tonight included Goodnight Paradise, where Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva stood out, in particular. Goodnight Paradise is a "mysterious" dance set to mournful Spanish ballads. This was followed by Triptico with live music. Locked Up Laura was performed by Min-Tzu Li and Jeffery Hover. The program concluded with Club Havana, a more vibrant set of dance numbers including Son, Mambo, Cha cha cha, and the company's performance of Bolero and Rhumba, Conga. 
“I’m thrilled to be presenting an incredible roster of works by some of the finest Latino choreographers,” said Vilaro.  “These artists reflect contemporary Latino cultures work – at times blatantly and at times subtly.  These new ‘voices’ in the repertory fuse classical, contemporary and traditional Hispanic forms and collectively showcase some of the best fusion of Latino dance.” 

Ballet Hispanico is scheduled to perform until December 13. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets in Chelsea.

From wikipedia:
The Joyce Theater is a 472-seat dance performance venue located in the Chelsea area of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The Joyce Theater Foundation, the organization founded in 1982 that operates the theater, also owns the Joyce SoHo dance center located in a former firehouse on Mercer Street between Houston and Prince Streets. The Foundation won a 1986 Drama Desk Special Award for its American Theatre Exchange program.
The Joyce is located in the former Elgin Theater, a 1941 revival movie house that was closed by the community after it became a porno theatre. The Elgin was completely renovated to create in the Joyce a venue suitable for dance, a process that took two years. The theater was conceived of and created by Eliot Feld and Cora Cahan as a home for the Feld Ballet, and continues to be owned by Ballet Tech Foundation Inc. The theatre attracts an audience of over 140,000 people annually.

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