I think we have a hit on our hands. Standing ovation tonight was immediate following the preview performance of ¡Noche Latina!. I just dropped off two giddy choreographers (Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Eddie Liang) and a giddy costume designer (Aviad Arik Herman) at their respective apartments after a post-performance supper where we replayed the triumph scored by the artists on stage tonight. Dancers were in fine form. It’s amazing how all the works gelled in such a short amount of time. It’s really quite unbelievable we had 3 short weeks after wonderful ALICE to put all 3 premieres together. My head is still spinning.
Each section of ¡Noche Latina! was informed by a Latin passion and amplitude of movement. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with our colleagues: artist and world renowned Spanish sculptor, Cristóbal Gabarrón, whose breathtaking 100-piece sculpture dances on stage with performers during Eddie’s La Ofrenda, and a Colombian music superstar, Totó la Momposina, who sings an electrifying set between Annabelle and Trey’s pieces and just about blows the roof off of Eisenhower Theater. Man, Totó’s got a set of chops!
We open at 8pm tonight and I’ve got a great feeling of how dancers will connect with the audience. I know we’ll be body slamming everyone at the post-performance reception hosted by the Brazilian Ambassador tonight. And I can’t wait for Noche de Pasión tomorrow, a fantastic event hosted by the wonderful Mexican Ambassador and his wife, and organized by two of DC’s real Latina sparkplugs, Pilar O’Leary and Isabel Ernst.