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April 22, 1995 | MIMI KO
Mexican folkloric dance troupes from across Orange County will showcase their art Saturday night at Anaheim High School. Performing will be dance groups from Anaheim, Westminster and Valley high schools, Rancho Santiago College, Conjunto Jarocho Catemaco of Santa Barbara, Huehuecoyotl of Anaheim, Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico of Oxnard and Fiesta Folklorico of Santa Ana. Tickets at the door for the 7 p.m. show at Cook Auditorium are $8 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.
September 25, 2000 | JENNIFER FISHER
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 | CHRIS PASLES
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 | Chris Pasles
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 | ELIZABETH ZIMMER
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.
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.
August 13, 1992 | EDMUND NEWTON
For three years now, the Los Angeles Mexican Dance Company has taken raw youngsters from East Los Angeles, Pico Union and elsewhere and turned them into disciplined performers. Audiences in the metropolitan area have come to expect a combination of youthful passion and meticulous training from the 20-member company, whose rehearsal space is in the downtown Los Angeles produce market district, and its rousing brand of theatrical folk dancing.
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.
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