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Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez - Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Connecticut, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience The Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández celebrated the history of Mexican folklore culture and dance with a spectacular evening of performances with 56 dancers and 16 musicians at the Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Columbia Artists Music LLC and the Quick Center for the Arts proudly presented an exciting evening with the Amalia Hernández's Ballet Folklórico de Mexico in conjunction with the Mexico Tourism Board on February 26, 2010. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico, based in Mexico City, Mexico has delighted audiences around the world with over 15,000 performances in 60 countries and 300 cities. 

Mexico is a country rich in history, culture, and art; and each of the 31 states of Mexico has its own distinct flavor of cultural traditions, styles of music, and types of dance. The Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández brought a fine artistic interpretation of the many regions and the folklore traditions of the country through an extensive 10-part program that combined music, dance, and elaborate costumes into a stunning theatrical extravaganza that kept the audience enraptured throughout the evening. 

The evening's program began with a selection entitled, The Gods that was described as, "a dialogue between man and his Gods as a summary of Aztec theology." This beautiful dance focused on the spiritual and the mystical elements of life. The second element of the program was entitled Guerrero, with the dancers performing the tap dance, El Gusto, typical of the towns Zirandaro and Altamiriano. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - Colorful Dancers - Photo by Luxury Experience
Colorful Dancers

The Revolution of 1910 was the basis for this ballet that was dedicated to the soldaderas, the women who fought in the revolution alongside their men in the fight for Mexico's freedom. The ballet begins with young aristocrats dancing European polkas unconcerned about the ongoing fight for freedom going on around them, and progresses with the revolutionaries coming in and taking over the party and dancing their popular peasant dances including La Adelita, symbolizing Mexico's freedom. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - Revolution of 1919  - Photo by Luxury Experience
Revolution of 1910

The Charreada, the original Mexican rodeo, was well represented with two dances, The Rope Dance with its exciting lasso work by the charros, the working ranch hands; and the Country Love Dance, where the dancers form a bow through choreographed dance movements using only their feet. Although we have seen this dance performed countless times during performances we have attended during our many visits to Mexico, this special dance continues to captivate each time that we see it performed. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - The Rope Dance  - Photo by Luxury Experience
The Rope Dance

Concluding the first part of the program was the Tlacotalpan Festivity marking the January 31st celebration of the Candelaria Virgin in the town of Tlacotalpan, characterized by the use of mojigangas, the elaborate large-scale puppets symbolizing cultural figures. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - Tlacotalpan Festivity  - Photo by Luxury Experience
Tlacotalpan Festivity

After an intermission, the ballet commenced with The Feather Dance, which was inspired by the ancient custom of the Zapotec Indians who demonstrated hospitality and respect through music and dance. The costumes were magnificent with the dancers wearing elaborate feather headdresses while dancing intricate movements.

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - The Feather Dance  - Photo by Luxury Experience
The Feather Dance

The Wedding in the Huasteca followed, which told the story of love, of rivals, and the many twists and turns that place before, during, and after a wedding. Life Like a Game begins with The Plaza (Rondas) with Childhood Games followed by Games of Love; and continues with The Fair featuring Gambling Games, The Lottery, La Cucaracha, The Golden Fighting Cock, The Purple Fighting Cock, and The Little Death; and The Ball: Social Games, The Roulette, and Games of Death

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - Wedding in the Huasteca  - Photo by Luxury Experience
Wedding in the Huasteca

The pre-Hispanic Danza del Venado (Deer Dance) based on the ritual of the Yaqui, the indigenous people of Northern Mexico, who have the reputation of being excellent hunters and hunt with bows and arrows. The Deer Dance is a ritual used for the preparation of a hunt to bring luck and bountiful profit for those who participate. This dramatic interpretation was beautifully presented and captured the spirit of the people. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - Deer Dance  - Photo by Luxury Experience
Deer Dance

Closing out the evening, was a marvelous mariachi performance with 16 musicians onstage representing the state of Jalisco, the state known for the charros, the chinas, and the mariachis which have come to symbolize Mexican hospitality, and was a wonderful way to end the spectacular festivities of the evening. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - Mariachi  - Photo by Luxury Experience
Mariachi

Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
United States
Telephone:   +1-203-254-4010 
Toll-Free:     +1-877-ARTS396
Website:      www.QuickCenter.com  

Read about Mexico in the Destinations, Hotels and Resorts, Spas, Restaurants, Chefs' Recipes, Liquor Cabinet - Scorpion Mezcal and Liquor Cabinet - Xtabentun, Music Scene, Adventures, Arts - The Art and Science of Talavera Pottery at Talavera de la Reyna, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, and Gastronomy - Cocina Poblana Cooking Class at Sacristia de la Compania, Puebla, Mexico  sections.    

For information on the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández, please visit the website: www.BalletAmalia.com or send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

For information on Mexico, please visit the website: www.VisitMexico.com.

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