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Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company - Mexico Through Dance - Dances of Yucatan
By Squintero
On Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:29 AM

Sergio Quintero, Public Relations
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
12717 S. Budlong Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Phone: (323) 756-0338

Los Angeles, CA – June 2, 2006 -- Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company (GMFBC) is pleased to announce its return to the Charles and Harriet Luckman Fine Arts Complex with a new gala concert, Siete Momentos de Vida. The concert will be presented by the Luckman on July 8 and 9, 2006 premiering three new choreographic works by Jose Vences.

The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of Siete Momentos de Vida which is a glimpse into Yucatan life reflecting characteristics of the modern day Mayan inspired by the dynamic rhythms of the jarana and the seven-day festival of the Vaqueria. Alfonso Escalante served as assistant choreographer of this new work.

In Guerra Florida, Grandeza Mexicana presents a moving abstract view on the Aztec “Flower Wars.” In this piece he explores the Aztec religious belief of human sacrifice, death and honor in which the objective of these “holy” wars was to capture prisoners. This piece was choreographed by Jose Vences, with support from Eloisa Holguin.

The third new choreographic work Arriba Jalisco: A Gritos y Sombrerazos is an ambitious work more traditional in style. The intricate dances, developed with the support of assistant choreographer Porfirio Vidal, involve tremendous energy and movement that express themes of romance and ranch life values characterizing a simpler era in Jalisco. Dances chosen for this work move away from standard “sones” (songs) normally seen when presenting the region of Jalisco.

The three new dance works continue Jose Vences’ challenging quest to present complex and defined dance works dealing with Mexican folkloric themes.

Included in the gala concert is live music by the accomplished musical group Mariachi Nuevo Cuicatlan and some of GMFBC’s most beloved dance works.

Grandeza Mexicana, a professional quality folk dance company founded by Jose Vences in 2003, has as its primary goal to present performances that inspire and educate audiences on the beauty and diversity of Mexico’s colorful dance traditions. Choreographies are developed through research on Mexican folk dance and culture; input from collaborating choreographers and historians; and by studying and appreciating the work of other artists. Though stylized, the work is drawn from authentic and indigenous dances created by communities across Mexico.

The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex is located at 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032-8116 (323)-343-6611

Siete Momentos de Vida
Saturday, July 8, 2006, 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $35, $30, $25
Sunday, July 9, 2006, 3:00 p.m. Tickets: $30, $25, $20

Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster, or by contacting the Luckman Fine Arts complex..

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