Artist / Program Description:
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago was founded in 1982. The ensemble of twenty to fifty dancers showcases authentic Mexican dance and costume from thirty-two states of Mexico. Dances range from pre-Columbian indigenous ritual to the influences of Spanish, French, Caribbean, and Mexican Revolutionary cultures on present-day Mexican folkloric dance. Performances are fast-paced and non-stop with many quick costume changes. The company’s mission is to increase the public’s awareness of this rich heritage that comprises over 300 dance styles. They have performed for President Reagan, Vice-President Bush, President Clinton, and Mexican President Fox.
Presentations contain four to twelve or more suites or rituals. Each suite may have one to five, or more, dances. Suites depict a state, region, or an era in Mexican history. Suites may showcase several different costumes to show regional variances. Popular suites are: Raiz Viva (a Mexica ritual “Meh Shee Kah”), Jalisco, Colima, Veracruz, Norte, Michoacan, Puebla, Zacatecas, Tamaulipas, Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo (Raw), Sinaloa, Guerrero, Nayarit, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Durango, Oaxaca, Huasteca, Chiapas, San Luis Potosi, and more. Dancers can be accompanied by musicians that play up to thirty-one different instruments such as drums, conch shell, toothed jaw bones, reed flutes, Jarocho harp, marimba, accordion, clarinet, saxophone, and the regular mariachi instruments.
Educational rates are available.