Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dance.

Ahhhh....you can always make time for a bit of culture. I hope my brother agrees cause I'm planning on getting us tickets to see a performance of the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Mexico’s oldest, finest, and most celebrated dance company. Dancer and choreographer Hernández founded the company in 1952 to preserve Mexico’s dance traditions, dating all the way back to pre-Columbian civilizations.  Today, the troupe, which is based in Mexico City, features a cast of 75 dancers and musicians who continue to perform the colorful, historic dances of Mexico.

The ensemble performs three times weekly at the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) in Mexico City and

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez performs dances that tell the stories of the many regions of Mexico. The outfits and the classic ballet moves incorporated with "taconazos", or stomp of the feet, bring the country's past to life on the stage. Ballet Folklórico combines historical research with creativity to create  performances that go back and forth in time as it draws from the more than 30 cultures Mexico has embraced over the centuries.

The magnificent Palacio de las Bellas Artes  (Palace of Fine Arts) is where the company performs when it is in Mexico City.

Additionally, the company tours widely in the United States and has appeared in over 100 countries. In 53 years it has performed more than 15,000 presentation with more than 22 million people! I hope to catch a performance on one of the nights that we're in Mexico City.   It's still a bit too early to check the performance calendar for July so I will have to try back in a couple of weeks.  I know I will thoroughly enjoy myself.... hope my brother will feel the same at the end of the night!



Update: June 25.
I got our tickets through Ticketmaster and it looks like I bought early enough to get us some pretty awesome seats - 5 rows back from the stage and in the center of the row!!