Caliente, Por Favor or “Hot, Please,”—a “sizzling showstopper” set to Latin rhythms—premiered at the Civic Theater in downtown Chicago to an enthusiastic and “yelping” audience in 1985. With lighting by Larry Schoeneman and costumes by Hall and Florence Martin, the sound system was cranked up to full effect and included “Risk Dub,” “Onyeocha Onyegee,” “Night Time Flesh Beat Rhythms” by Dubset, “White Winds” by Andreas Vollenweider, “Baila Mi Ritmo” by Irekere. Known for its “sexy, shimmy-and-shake style” and partner work, Caliente, Por Favor became a staple performance for the Joel Hall Dance Company.


A 1993 fire at the School Street studio destroyed many of the photographs and other materials related to Caliente, Por Favor.

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