The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center proudly presents “Nuestras Raices,” an original dance production by the Guadalupe Dance Company, September 25-27, 2015 at the historic Guadalupe Theater.
Born out of a one-week residency with guest choreographer Juan Carlos Gaytan Rodriguez, assistant Director of the Ballet Folklorico of the University of Colima, Mexico, Nuestras Raices explores the beautiful culture, dance and music of Mexico and pays homage to women of San Antonio and Mexico that have added to the richness of women’s history.
Staged by Gaytan, the diverse talent and technique of the Guadalupe Dance Company are featured in this production in a way that is different from any other before. Set to a backdrop of musical accompaniment by the accomplished Mariachi Azteca de America, the dancers use traditional Folklórico dance and costuming with a contemporary panache that has become essential to the Company’s vibrant repertoire.
The opening segment, “Danzas Aztecas,” is representative of the indigenous cultures that were the root of the Mexican lineage that later mixed with many other cultures.
The second section, “Matlachines,” is based on one of the most important dances of Mexico influenced by Christianity. The production then moves to “Bailes de la Independencia” with the traditional China Poblana costume.
“La revolucion” highlights the images of Adelita, Valentina, Marieta and Juana Gallo who are all iconic figures of the Mexican revolution.
“La Villita,” the fifth suite, was inspired by the history of downtown San Antonio and three influential San Antonio women, singer and actress Rosita Fernandez, dance instructor Berta Almaguer and labor organizer Emma Tenayuca.
“Nuestras Raices” concludes with “Festival del Mariachi,” a beloved symbol of the rich Mexican culture and traditions that are still honored today and can be witnessed on any given day on the streets of San Antonio.
Performances will be held Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 – $30 and can be purchased in person Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center located at 723 S. Brazos. Tickets can also be purchased online below.
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