saw the most intriguing variation on Carmen in recent years last
night at the Joyce Theater. Carlos Sierra Lopez has choreographed
his own short, condensed version of the classic in his dramatic
and fiery Destino Incierto (Uncertain Destiny). The dance is set
to Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite and based on the original opera
version is fascinating. He takes the three main characters from
Carmen--Don Josť, Carmen and Escamillo--and in solos, duets and a
tug-of-war trio finale explores their emotional states. Carmen
hesitates between her two loves, is more tentative in her desires.
Don Josť gains in force and resolve while Escamillo remains
truest to the original work. Angelica Burgos as Carmen was
exquisite; she managed to be both delicate and strong dancing
opposite Rodney Hamilton and Eric Rivera.
changed the original title of his piece from Carmen Trio to the
daring Destino Incierto. Daring, because in this piece Carmen
survives and the audience is left to wonder what fate
holds for the three.
Daniele's Stages, an homage to Ballet Hispanico founder Tina
Ramirez, and Tito on Timbales, a piece by William Whitener set to
live Latin music, round out Program 1. Program 1 runs through
October 12. Program 2 (October 14-19) features Group Portrait of a
Lady, Tres Bailes, Ritmo y Ruido and a reprise of
the town red!