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Ballet Hispanico, Cinco Por Cinco, Eterniday

Modern dance troupe Ballet Hispanico has been a mainstay at the Joyce Theater for a quarter of a century. From April 16 through the 28, the company will be returning with a number of contemporary Spanish dances including “Danzon,” by artistic director Eduardo Vilaro; “Sortijas,” a Joyce premiere from boundary-breaking choreographer Cayetano Soto; and “A vueltas con los ochenta,” a tribute to the sound of 1980s European pop created by Inma Garcia and Meritxell Barbera.

A Palo Seco Flamenco Company comes to Theatre 80 for the third year in a row with an exciting new production called Cinco Por Cinco. The company, consisting of five dancers, two singers and three musicians, was founded by New York-based feminist choreographer Rebeca Tomas. Tomas aims to preserve the art of traditional Flamenco dance while adding just a few modern touches. The Theatre 80 program marks the premiere of the title dance “Cinco Por Cinco,” which features castanets, the percussive cane and rhythmic hand-clapping; plus “La Farruca,” which has female dancers take on the traditionally male roles assigned in Flamenco, complete with high-waisted slacks and bolero jackets. Cinco Por Cinco runs from May 17 through 19.

Eterniday is the latest offering from the creative minds at Witness Protection, an alternative theatre performance troupe. In this world premiere performance, which marks their second time collaborating with Obie-winning playwright Charles Mee, the group tackles big issues like falling in love, the random nature of existence, and the history of human life, all with their trademark energy and avante-garde style. The show is playing a limited run now through April 21 at LaMama.
 

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