Harkness Ballet

Adela and Pepe el Romano desperately attempt to escape. Her mother and uncle block them.Choreographer Alvin Ailey used the mother's and sisters' capes to suggest the outspread wings of predatory birds. The toppled chairs symbolized upended rules of society. The photo reflects the speed and raw emotion of the choreography. Left to right: Brunilda Ruiz as Adela, Ali Pourfarroukh as el Romano, Vicente Nebrada as the uncle, and Suzanne Hammons as the mother.

"Feast of Ashes" was based on Garcia Lorca's plays "Blood Wedding" and "House of Bernarda Alba". It was a staple of the Harkness Ballet repertory, performed nearly every night.

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