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Historias y Recuerdos: A Mexican-American Story
Featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company and Mariachi Azteca de America, “Historias y Recuerdos: A Mexican-American Story” pays homage to the Mexican American voice of San Antonio’s Westside recounting the stories that make up the fabric of our history and experience. Expressed through a Folkloric dance perspective, the choreography honors the memories of generations past bringing them to life on stage through a unique interweaving of oral histories and traditional dance and media interspersed with video segments of stories as told by people within the Guadalupe community.
Community members have unselfishly shared deep rooted stories about their lives growing up in the Guadalupe barrio. These stories have included going to the Guadalupe Theater on Saturdays to watch movies and variedades, working at the local pecan factory, going off to war, and many others. Pieces like Fronteras, a piece that takes the audience on a border crossing voyage, and Noticias de Mama, a suite recounting one soldier’s supernatural experience while serving overseas, continue to hit close to home with their ever-current subject matter while other suites like La Variedad pays homage to the rich history of the Guadalupe Theater and Westside community. The original choreography and staging was created by a team of dancer-choreographers led by Jeannette Chavez, Denise Rios, Jorge Gaxiola and Luis Garcia.