6 Feb 2011, 12:24am

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  • Ballet Hispanico

    It was Thursday and I was headed to the gym, babies in tow, when I heard the advertisement on the local classical station.  Ballet Hispanico.  They were to perform the next evening at 8pm. 

    Bought those tickets and went.

    Cylas was very excited because he remembered so fondly The Nutcracker.  I tried explaining to him what we were going to see by doing a little jump and twirl and kicking my leg out, almost pulling my back out of place and then figured he would just have to wait and see.

    When we arrived he was very anxious and kept asking to go to the orchestra pit so he could see “all those people playing”.  But there wasn’t a live orchestra.  D finally had to take him during the first intermission because he wouldn’t stop asking.
    The first piece they performed was very hard to understand and I started to feel a little disappointed and praying that the show would get better.  It did.

    Madamosielle, the next piece, was the most abstract take on Maria I’ve ever heard or seen for that matter.  Red hair, black outfits and red bustle bottoms running around.  When the final three minutes of the song were beating out, the main character slowly emerged from the right side of the stage wearing all of the red bustles on her head, faced swathed in a red cloth and very dramatically tiptoeing across the stage in her five inch heels.  Spectacular.

    Club Havana, the last of the three pieces, was pretty much my favorite.  Lively Cuban beats and dramatic movements had me wishing for Key West all over again.
    Modern dance is definitely it’s own cup of tea.  It’s not for everyone, but our family loved it.  This particular company used lots of harsh side lighting and individual spotlights.  The pieces ranged from an hour to a little over thirty minutes.  I can’t wait for another chance to watch some modern dance!

    Cylas informed me that his favorite part was when the boys would put their arms out to the side and the girls would do a back bend.  A definite two thumbs up.

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