“Show.Girl.,” “Conquer,” “El Beso”
The Joyce Theater
New York, NY
April 14, 2015
by Marianne Adams
copyright © 2015 by Marianne Adams
Visual, visceral and sublimely delightful, Ballet Hispanico’s opening night delivered a powerful display of liberated movements expressing complex subjects. From the opening presentation of “Show.Girl.,” a 2014 work by the Miami choreographer Rosie Herrera about Latina identity, to the world premiere of Mexico-based Miguel Mancillas’s “Conquer,” exploring the various ways in which humans affect their possession of people and things, to the darkly hued yet whimsical 2014 “El Beso” by the Spaniard Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, that showed off the many forms and contexts of kisses (and their impetuses), the show was a layered blend of aesthetics and content, hitting all the right notes.
Photo of Ballet Hispanico in “Conquer.” Photo © by Paula Lobo