Jaw-Dropping Theatrical Performances I Loved In April 2017

Theatrical Performances in New York City in April 2017

From contemporary ballet to the circus, there were lots of theatrical performances to check out in New York City in April. In case you didn’t get a chance to see these productions, here’s what you missed.

 

Theatrical Performances You Missed in April 2017

Cuisine & Confessions at NYU Skirball and Ballet Hispánico at The Joyce Theatre were two phenomenal shows. These theatrical performances celebrated circus art and contemporary dance. They also embraced cultural identity and reminded us to cherish our childhood memories.

 

Ballet Hispánico: Three Voices, One Stage

From April 18-23, the New York 2017 Season of Ballet Hispánico premiered at The Joyce Theater. The show was sold out on opening night! The audience was diverse and ethnicities from around the world were in attendance.

Featuring three Latina choreographers, Ballet Hispánico explored the choreographer’s mind. These theatrical performances did not stick to narrow interpretations of dance and Latino culture. Instead, they broke free from the norm.

 

Linea Recta

Linea Recta Ballet Hispanico at Joyce Theater (Featured Photo)
The show opened with Linea Recta or Straight Line by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a Belgian-Colombian choreographer. This piece blended different dance styles but had an authentic flamenco feel.

The flamenco dancer wore a red bata de cola with a long, ruffled train. The bata de cola was much more than a costume. It added drama and at times it felt like it had a mind of its own.

Linea Recta at Joyce Theatre

Photo by Paula Lobo

Throughout this piece, the dancers clapped, stomped and performed intricate acrobatics. Their movements were explosive. I adored the emphasis on angles and complex formations.

 

Con Brazos Abiertos

Con Brazos Abiertos at Joyce Theater

Photo by Paula Lobo

The second work, Con Brazos Abiertos or With Open Arms by Michelle Manzanales was breathtaking. This world premiere told a story of a Mexican-American girl growing up with two distinct cultures in Houston, Texas.

Cheech & Chong’s voice-over said it perfectly, “You gotta be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans, both at the same time. It’s exhausting.”

Con Brazos Abiertos at Joyce Theater

Photo by Paula Lobo

Throughout the performance, we follow her epic journey. At times she sticks out like a sore thumb despite wanting to fit in. As she finds a balance between her two worlds, she embraces her identity. Con Brazos Abiertos received a standing ovation. Bravo!

Con Brazos Abiertos at Joyce Theater

Photo by Paula Lobo

 

3. Catorce Dieciséis

3. Catorce Dieciséis at Joyce Theater

Photo by Paula Lobo

The last work was 3. Catorce Dieciséis or Pi by Tania Pérez-SalasThis Mexican contemporary dance looked different from the rest. It was somber and had sharp movements. It did not follow the music. Instead, it celebrated the random circulatory movements of our lives.

3. Catorce Dieciséis at Joyce Theater

Photo by Paula Lobo

 

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Cuisine & Confessions: Culinary Art and Circus

Cuisine & Confessions at NYU Skirball

Photo by Alexandre Galliez

Cuisine & Confessions is a theatrical performance that combines circus art, dance, and cooking. It also playfully invites you into the kitchen. Here you’ll realize that we are unique recipes made up of a variety of ingredients. Cuisine & Confessions premiered at NYU Skirball from April 11-16. The show was 90-minutes with no intermission.

Cuisine & Confessions

Photo by Alexandre Galliez

In Cuisine & Confessions, the kitchen table was the focal point. Around the table, the cast share secrets, life lessons, and dreams.

The Chinese hoop act was my favorite scene. Sidney Iking Bateman describes the taste of his childhood memories growing up in St. Louis. His stunts were intense. Some say it’s like he was jumping through the hoops of his past.

This scene stressed that food brings people together. It also helps us channel our memories. This is something that I’ve never thought about before.

Cuisine & Confession at NYU Skirball

Photo by Alexandre Galliez

Flying through the air and balancing on poles with just their feet – the circus stunts were out of this world!

Cuisine & Confessions

Photo by Alexandre Galliez

Mid-show the cast of nine surprised the audience. They asked us to pull out our phones and set the timer. We were going to bake banana bread! While the show continued, the banana bread’s sweet aroma filled the theater. As the cast took their last bow, our timers went off. Finally, it was time to dig in. This show was special. I’ve never experienced anything like it. 

 

I was a guest of these shows, of course, all opinions are mines. 

Author: Danielle Desir

Danielle Desir is a Travel Finance Strategist that uses her financial background and knack for financial planning to empower those who want to travel afford travel and excel in their personal finances. She shares creative planning strategies, saving tips, cheap flight deals and even talks about her student loan repayment journey. Her financial expertise has taken her across the globe to over 22 countries and 3 continents (and counting), all while paying off her student loans, saving for a house, owning a home, and working full-time.

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