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Celebrando Tradiciones: Flamenco, Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi!
The April edition of Celebrando Tradiciones features renowned flamenco master Miguel Vargas and the powerful cantaor ( singer ) Ale Cano, both direct from Seville, Spain. The duo will collaborate with resident mariachi ensemble Mariachi Azteca de America to create and perform a special Flamenco Mariachi fusion dance piece. While the Guadalupe Dance Company has collaborated with Mr. Vargas for many years now in which Vargas has built up an extensive repertoire for the dance company, this will be the first collaboration with Mariachi Azteca de America. Opening the evening will be the Guadalupe Dance Company performing traditional dances of Mexico to highlight the similarities and influences of Spain. The first half of the program will showcase traditional Mexican dances from the states of Veracruz, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco and Sinaloa. The second half of the show will feature Miguel Vargas and Ale Cano performing the newly devised Flamenco Mariachi fusion piece along with Vargas’ presentation of his critically acclaimed flamenco repertoire.
About Celebrando Tradiciones: This new monthly dance and music series running every First Friday brings together its two professional performance companies in residence, the Guadalupe Dance Company and Mariachi Azteca de America. This authentic dance and music experience features a wide variety of Ballet Folklorico, Spanish Flamenco, Mariachi and Traditional Mexican music with no two shows alike. “Each month will showcase different regions, styles and dance traditions. Audiences can return throughout the year and have a different experience. We will also be featuring authentic renditions of dances rarely performed by other companies, staging beautiful Flamenco choreography with special guest artists, and even reviving classic work from our acclaimed Rio Bravo repertoire” says Dance Program Director Jeannette Chavez.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Mariachi Azteca de America” says music director Gino Rivera. “It is rare that San Antonio audiences experience a professional dance company accompanied by live musical arrangements. This series will showcase the artistic range of both companies and produce a live show like no other in the city.”
“We wanted to produce a series that was unique in San Antonio.” says Executive Director Cristina Balli. “The Guadalupe prides itself in presenting authentic cultural programs that truly reflects the heritage of our region. Downtown and the Westside have historically been the cultural epicenters of San Antonio yet there is not a monthly performing arts production in these areas that captures the essence of our culture’s traditional dance and music. Whether you are a native San Antonian, a resident of a surrounding city or a visitor to the region, you will have an opportunity every month this year to experience two of the best professional performance companies in the Southwest United States.”