“Jardi Tancat”, “Sortijas”, “Sombrerisimo”, “Danzon”
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
December 6, 2013
by George Jackson
copyright 2013 by George Jackson
Flexibility. Control. The former echoed, the latter resonated throughout these dancers’ bodies. That the arching of a foot’s instep was reflected in the torso’s repeatedly curving lines or that the neck’s high tilt carried the head as if it had on a crown – such touches gave pleasure throughout the program, no matter what piece was being performed. Ballet Hispanico is a finely tuned group of individuals as directed by Eduardo Vilaro. He took over from the New York based company’s founder, Tina Ramirez, in 2009 but it was only just now that I saw the results - harmonious dancing and the evocation of a Hispanic heritage freshly and with finesse. Rhythms were subtle, elongations suggested melodies that unspooled somewhat moodily. A rather different matter was repertory. Not that any of the evening’s four choreographies was disastrous. One piece, especially, was very worth while. Yet a “contemporary dance” mentality seems to limit possibilities. What harm could there be if instead of soft slippers the dancers sometimes – when apt - wore heels or toe shoes?