(Photo by: Davey Kinig)
Expressions of passion and tragedy will play out in the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s interpretation of works by Edgar Allan Poe, Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca and Alfonsina Storni during a limited run of “Poemas” at Richmond CenterStage’s Gottwald Playhouse on March 17 and 18 and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum on March 19 and 20.
“It’s all about love in different ways,” says Ana Ines King, the Latin Ballet’s founder and artistic director (shown here with Francisco Mesa). Poe’s “To One in Paradise” embodies the longings of a lover and Lorca’s “Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías” mourns the death of a bullfighting friend.
“I think that it’s just beautiful … all the poetry that we choose. It’s all about love in different ways,” King says. Intrigued by the poetry of Poe and his connection to Richmond, she was inspired to produce Poemas after touring the Poe Museum. The production features choreography by King, Ana Patricia Nuckols, Domingo Ortega and Antonia Hidalgo Paz.
The Poe Museum’s curator, Chris Semtner, assisted King with background on Poe and he will recite poems during the performances. $20. 356-3876 or latinballet.com.