An Evening of Dance

By Richard Mineards   |   May 10, 2022
Lenai Wilkerson of Ballet Hispánico impresses (photo by Rachel Neville)

An energized and frenetic program provided a thoroughly entertaining evening when New York-based Ballet Hispánico performed Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years at the Granada, as part of the popular UCSB Arts & Lectures program. The tony troupe, under artistic director Eduardo Vilaro, performed three very differing works with Arabesque from 1984, an elegant suite of dances set to the music of Spanish composer Enrique Granados, launching the show, with the 2019 work Tiburones, a frenzied piece addressing discrimination and stereotypes choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, closing the first half. A 2012 piece 18+1 celebrating Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s 19 years as a choreographer looking at his past, present, and future concluded the boffo performance.


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