El Gato Negro premiered in the fall of 1992 at the O’Rourke Theater at Truman College. Outfitted in baggy black suits, dancers combined the precision of ballet with the attitude of hip hop along and house dance movements, all set to a techno house music soundtrack by CeCe Peniston, Zig Zag and Nightmares on Wax. At the time, Hall explained that house music was primarily to be found in gay clubs and was largely ignored, so he highlighted it in his own work to give it the attention it deserved. One reviewer described the performance as building to a “frenzy,” noting themes of survival. Another reviewer observed that the dancers seemed to “take flight” as they assembled into groups then broke apart into solo movements, making “as much use of the air as the floor.”

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