The Mexico Tourism Board is a sponsor of the Ballet Folklórico de México’s 2010 U.S. tour. The internationally acclaimed dance troop, originally called Ballet Moderno de Mexico, began in 1952 by Amalia Hernandez with only eight dancers. The troupe now includes more than 75 of the Mexico’s most talented folk dancers, and has garnered more than 200 international awards.
“We are proud to once again be promoting Mexico’s legendary Ballet Folklórico and their visionary interpretations of some of Mexico’s destinations and heritage,” said Mariana Pedrero, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board’s New York Office. “This year’s program is a clear example of how dance can embody the richness of a culture and provide powerful imagery worthy of Amalia Hernandez’s work and Mexico’s revolutionary spirit.”
Highlights of the new program will be Dioses Aztecas (Aztec Gods), a piece that has not been performed outside Mexico in many years due to the complexity of its staging. Other new additions to the program include The Feather Dance and The Jarabes, two dances from the southern state of Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s most culturally rich states. Other dances include an homage to the central-western state of Jalisco, where most tequila is produced and where both the cowboy tradition of charrería and mariachi music were born; and El Gusto, a Mexican tap dance from the Pacific coastal state of Guerrero. And the Revolution of 1910-1917 will be celebrated through its female fighters, the soldaderas, who joined the war for democracy along with the men, in a piece called Revolución. Audiences can see Ballet Folklórico de México’s magic in the U.S. in 55 shows in 42 cities all in just 10 weeks. Supporting the dancers will be 15 musicians performing onstage, including a mariachi band playing a selection of Mexico’s best-known sones, or songs.
Mexico Tourism Board, www.magicofmexico.com