Painting comes to life for Bocca and company
By MOLLY GLENTZER
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
Mona Lisa, ha. Girl With a Pearl Earring, nah.
If you wanted to be seduced by a painting on Thursday, the subject to see was The Man in the Red Tie, brought to life by ballet superstar Julio Bocca.
He was a central figure in Argentine choreographer Ana María Stekelman's nifty new dance of the same name. It's a contemporary ballet based on a story by Natalia Kohen, which was inspired by the work of Latin American painter Antonio Seguí. Society for the Performing Arts and three other U.S. presenters co-commissioned the work for this year's tour (and Houston debut) by Ballet Argentino, Bocca's own 15-member company.
Set designer Tito Egurza doesn't just project Seguí's austere paintings, which often feature a gaucho character bounding across a jumbled cityscape. He fuses and morphs them intriguingly into the action, making The Man in the Red Tie alluringly surreal. Stekelman's passionate, sometimes sharp-as-a-dagger movement, a great tango-infused score by Lito Vitale and a corps of sinister suited men and flamboyant artsy types contribute to the work's cool sensibility. click here for more