Ballet Hispanico Dances Work of Choreographer Graciela Daniele
NEW YORK (AP) _ Ballet Hispanico danced the work of Graciela Daniele to open its two-week season. One of the pieces was new, and one was hot.
″El Nuevo Mundo″ (The New World) had Cristobal, danced by Pedro Ruiz, in a leather jacket and sunglasses and Isabel, performed by Nancy Turano, in a jeweled cross.
After two women fight and men separate them, nine dancers make a procession to the sea to start Columbus on his voyage.
Daniele, known primarily for her Broadway credits, bases her work on flamenco and choreographed The New World for Ballet Hispanico. The company premiered it Tuesday night at the Joyce Theater.
″Cada Noche ... Tango″ (Tango Every Night) is a torrid Daniele work from 1988 and is based on the tango. It’s set with red lighting in a house of prostitution and five couples boiled on stage.
Jose Costas was outstanding as he fought another man with a knife.
The evening began with ″Stages″ from 1990, in which Melissa Soto, Nancy Turano and Tina Ramirez, company artistic director, portray dancers from beginner to veteran.
In April and May, Ballet Hispanico will perform in Johnstown, Pa., University Park, Pa., Greenville, S.C., Washington, D.C., Logan, Utah, Cerritos, Calif., Fresno, Calif., Stamford, Conn., New Brunswick, N.J., San Antonio, Texas, and New York.