Julio Bocca and company delivered a “sazzling” program March 26 at Clowes Hall. If you missed this American premiere of The Man in the Red Tie, you missed a stunning triad of emotions, technique and technology. Just as ballet started with splendid settings that evoked place through carpentry, this new work takes one into interiors even beyond Lewis Carroll and Jules Verne. -Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino performed at Clowes Hall March 26.- Based on the original story of obsession by Natalia Kohen, Ana Maria Stekelman’s choreography was boldly matched to Lito Vitale’s music, Renata Schussheim’s costume design, Roberto Troferri’s lighting and the original paintings by Antonio Segui. Jean Francois Casanovas was the embodiment of evil as The Marchand. Cecilia Figaredo mesmerized as The Woman. Julio Bocca exuded anguish as The Painter and lust as The Man in the Red Tie. The Company supported with focused characterizations throughout.
Equally riveting were the three short pieces comprising Act 1. Julio Bocca and Cecilia Figaredo worked like one mind, one body throughout Ecos, choreographed by Maricio Wainrot to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for strings. Emotion-charged, its sensuality is on equal terms, making the relationship powerful.
Equally engaging were Rosana Perez and Hernan Piquin in the Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire. This A. Lojo staging of Jules Perrot’s work to music by Adolphe Adam inserted tango rhythms into classical dance vocabulary lending humor and joyfulness. Desde Lejos featured the company in Mauricio Wainrot’s choreography with echoes of Fosse. Energetic, flirtatious, sensuous, its fast moving elasticity was a series of discoveries. The energy and focus of Ballet Argentino were infectious.