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Ballet Folklorico de Mexico - The 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
The Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández delivered a spectacular sold-out performance at the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Founded in 1952 by choreographer and dancer Amalia Hernández, the celebrated company and cultural treasure of Mexico celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2022 where their focus is on tradition, culture, music, and dance. Bravo!

 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

The last time we saw the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández perform was ten years ago at The Quick Center for the Arts and we were enthralled with their performance. We were delighted to return to "The Quick" on Saturday, February 26, 2022, to see them perform again. Once again, the large company of twenty-nine dancers and fifteen musicians filled the stage with their breathtaking program divided into 9 dances that told a story. The high caliber of the dance company, as well as the beautiful and colorful costumes, and the rich history of the Mariachi music, captivated the audience of all ages. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

The exquisite program began with Aztecas (hijos del sol), translated as Aztecs, sons of the sun, based on Aztec ritual dances, which consisted of four dances. It continued with Sones Antiguos de Michoacán (folk songs and dances of the Michoacán), considered to be the most important choreography of Amalia Hernández as she combined modern with classical dance techniques, imprinting, and changing the course of Mexican dance. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

Next in the program was the dance Tarima de Tixtia, based on the original dances of Guerrero, a state located in southwestern Mexico. Bright, colorful costumes and joyful exuberance by dancing feet made this ballet one of the standouts of the program. The ballet La Revolución is dedicated to the women "Soldaderas" or "Adelitas" who fought in the Mexican Revolution. This ballet was marked by precision dancing and costumes that told the story of their struggles and survival. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

La Charreada is a deep-rooted tradition in Mexico which encompasses equestrian and livestock activities in the different communities of the country and is declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Charreia is an art and discipline in which both men and women compete according to strict rules, wearing colorful Mexican costumes trimmed in silver studs. For this ballet, a "charro" kept his lariat continually in motion while the company performed this exciting and engaging work. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

Fiesta en Tlacotalpan was another spectacular part of the program with the dancers wearing gorgeous white Veracruz costumes and percussive footwork that showcased the influence of Spanish culture on Jarocha dance and music with Flamenco-like choreography. 

La vida es un juego, is a ballet whose central characters are a devil, death, cupid, and the love story between a bride, her groom, and her lover. Danza del Venado (dance of the red deer), is a representation of the state of Sonora, located in the Northwest of Mexico, and is considered an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Deer Dance is a ritual performed before hunting expeditions. The last ballet of the program was the Fiesta en Jalisco (Party in Jalisco). Jalisco is a state located in Western Mexico, and this ballet captured the region and its folklore through the dances, music, and colorful costumes. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

Once again, the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández surpassed our expectations with its dedication to the art of tradition, culture, dance, and music. It is a dance company that must be seen to fully appreciate the talent of the choreography, dancers, and musicians. Their 2022 tour will take them around the United States, so if you have the opportunity to experience the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández we highly recommend that you go to see them. Bravo! 

There is always something wonderful happening at The Quick Center for the Arts, so be sure to check their website for their varied programs throughout the year. 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

Ballet Folklórico de México Founder, General Director, Artistic Director

Amalia Hernández Navarro
Founder
Norma López Hernández
Founder
Salvador López López
General Director
Viviana Basanta Hernández
Artistic Director

 

Ballet Folklórico de México Staff
 
Flavio Carlos Antunez Tiburcio
Artistic Director
Laura Becerril Ortiz
PR & Manager
Rafael Mendoza Baltazar
Production Manager
Roberto Carlos Arellano Ramos
Lighting Director
Jose Barrios Gomez
Wardrobe
Julio Cardenas Garcia
Sound Chief
Pedro Cedillo Jiménez
Wardrobe
Aldo Misael Lopez Cedillo
Stagehand

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

 

Ballet Folklórico de México Dancers
 
Ariana Cavett
Norma Andrea Flores Osnaya
Alejandra Itzel Garcia Alejandre
Esmeralda Jazmin Hernández Fierros
Andrea Jaime Villanueva
Sofia de Jesús Larrañaga Castillo
Arcelia Danae López Lara
Mariant Monserrat Martinez Vázquez
Laura Victoria Rea Paulino
Jessica Alejandra Resendiz Rodriguez
Adriana Sánchez Ramirez
Sofia Segura
Ana Paola Zamacona Licona
Marco Antonio Aguirre Macias
Ernesto Alejandro Arellano Ruiz
Ricardo Alejandro Barranco Omaña
Abraham Bravo Ruiz
José Isaac Garcia Marin
Edson Jair González Gonzaga
Adrián Rogelio Hernández Caballero
Aaron Zalahui-Hernández Martinez
Tonatiuh Ricardo Hernández Martinez
Gustavo Lemus
Daniel Adolfo Rodriguez
Juan Francisco Rodriguez Torreblanca
José David Rosas Andrade
Oscar Yael Tlatelpa Morales
Jorge Torres Chávez

Ballet Folklórico de México Musicians
 

Miguel Aguilar Salas
Javier Cmacho Contreras
Oscar Uriel Canul Tec
Raúl Gavia Rios
Miguel González Nerey
Wifred Raymundo May Pech
Hector Medina Ramos
Humberto Medina Ramos
José Medina Ramos
Julio Cesar Mora Nieto
Esteban Salinas Cruz
Gilberto Salinas Cruz
Jesús Salinas Cruz
Adib Wuilliams Toledano Rescalvo
Catarino Torres Contreras


Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amaila Hernandez

To learn more about Ballet Folklórico de Mexico and their tour dates throughout the United States please visit their website: https://www.balletfolkloricodemexico.com.mx/ 

Watch the Video Overview of the Ballet Folklórico Company:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDK-ZoSYrh4 

Ballet Folklórico de Mexico Social Media
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BalletFolkloricoDeMexico/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/balletamaliamx/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT-j8dfp5rOXsFYRtBszLNQ 

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts! 

The Quick Center for the Arts 

A Sampling of Special Upcoming Events at The Quick Center for the Arts 2022 Season
 

Circa Humans 2.0
2/17/2022
Ballet Folklórico de México
2/26/2022
The Met Opera: HD Live - Eurydice (Aucoin)
3/5/2022
The Met Opera: HD Live - Ariadne auf Naxos
3/12/2022
The Met Opera: HD Live - Don Carlos
3/26/2022
Orin Grossman & Friends (Mozart & Dvorak)
3/27/2022
US Premiere: Frederick Gravel
4/7 - 4/9/2022
Gregory Pardio - The Poetry and Prose of Contemporary America - free - virtual event
4/21/2022
The Met Opera: HD Live - Rigoletto (Verdi)
4/23/2022
The Met Opera: HD Live - Turandot (Puccini)
5/7/2022
The Met Opera: HD Live - Lucia di Lammermoor

5/24/2022

For information on all their upcoming events and programs at The Quick Center for the Arts, please visit: https://quickcenter.fairfield.edu 

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