September 25, 2000 |
The flowering of ballet folklorico companies in the last 40 or so years means one thing in particular to the mother troupe--a name change, so there's no confusion about who started it all. Suddenly, the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico has tacked on the name of its founder, as well as qualifying its status. Now, it's "the original and only" Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. There's a reason for that pride.
September 9, 1999
* Theater. "The Bad Seed," Theater 911's 1996 spoof of Maxwell Anderson's '50s Broadway play-turned-B movie, reopens on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, 6537 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, playing Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. through Oct. 3, then Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 29. $20. (323) 856-4200. * Movies.
February 20, 1993 |
The Orange County Philharmonic Society is considering presenting some concerts in the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine instead of at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. According to society board president Steven Lupinacci, the society first started thinking about the Bren Center while waiting for arts center officials to approve an ethnic-concert series that was opposed by arts center president Thomas Kendrick.
December 15, 2002 |
Anthony Shay, founding artistic director of the L.A.-based Avaz International Dance Theatre, is now making his mark as a writer. He's just won a prize for one book and has received a sizable grant to write another. Shay won the 2003 Congress on Research in Dance Award for his "Choreographic Politics: State Folk Dance Companies" (Wesleyan Press). He has also received a $40,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to write about immigrant dance culture in the U.S.
September 17, 1990 |
Just in time for Mexican Independence Day, the East L.A. Choreographers Showcase offered a reprise of Carola de la Rocha's ambitious pageant, "La Revolucion," in the cozy Playhouse at Cal State Los Angeles. Nearly 30 members of her Los Angeles Mexican Dance Company traced, in dance terms reminiscent of "The Red Detachment of Women," the transition from aristocracy to people's republic.
September 28, 1996 |
Spirit, in all its aspects, may be found in the smallest detail, but there is something to be said for largeness of scale to convey spiritual scope and grandeur, particularly when dealing with a culture as rich as Mexico's. With its 65 dancers and musicians, Amalia Hernandez's Ballet Folklorico de Mexico can suggest such a panorama uniquely. Billing itself as "the original and only" Mexican folk ballet, as it does, is less a matter of hubris than a proprietary statement of fact.
September 18, 1999 |
Adding to its typically irresistible dancing, Amalia Hernandez's Ballet Folklorico de Mexico introduced a 14-member chorus in its first program ever at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Thursday. (Performances continue this weekend.) The vocal group, which sounded classically trained, appeared in the two selections new to the United States, "Tarasco" and "Aztecs," as well as in other familiar pieces.
January 16, 1993 |
It's more than just a slight difference in name and spelling. The Ballet Folklorico de Mexico--which performed in Costa Mesa two months ago, courtesy of the Orange County Philharmonic Society--has a reputation for flash and dazzle: The capacity audience whooped and cheered as the dancers hurled streamers from the stage. The Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Mexico, on the other hand, seems intent on placing authenticity above all.