Spanish pride - in living color

November 7, 2014 4:30 PM

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That the Ballet Nacional de España’s Sorolla is so brightly entertaining and engaging is an achievement in itself, since the idea of an evening-length collection of Spanish folkloric dances is a potentially tedious one. But Sorolla, which opened Thursday evening at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House, also succeeds as a powerful statement of cultural pride – and of the prowess and charisma of Spain’s national dance company. It’s a gorgeous zinger of a show. This is the U.S. debut of Sorolla, which runs through Sunday afternoon.

The piece is based on "Vision of Spain," renowned Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla’s famous 1911 series of paintings of Spanish regional culture. Sorolla opens with a female dancer in a flowing white dress, drawing enormous, billowing white fabric from a giant gold picture frame at the back of the st...

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