Waiting for Pepe// Ballet Hispanico
Ballet Hispanico in Waiting for Pepe. Photo: Paula Lobo
Waiting for Pepe
Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra
Music: Banda Ionica, Chavela Vargas, Par Ney de Castro
Lighting: Bob Franklin
For 13 dancers.
Duration: 25 mins
Federico García Lorca’s 1936 play, The House of Bernarda Alba, tells the story of five Andalusian sisters confined by their tyrannical mother to eight years of strict mourning. Taking its initial inspiration from this iconic play, Waiting for Pepe expands the walls and number of inhabitants of Bernarda Alba’s house. The dance reflects on our current world, where domineering figures like García Lorca’s infamous matriarch are appearing across the globe. These figures draw a raw, absurd, and darkly comical portrait of the yearning, tension, and hysteria that oppressed communities experience when they are denied the beautifully feathered bird that is sexual, religious, and individual freedom.