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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Ballet Folklórico de México

Aloha Everyone,

Ballet Folklórico de Mexico was founded by Amalia Hernández in 1952. The dance and musical pieces reflect different regions and folk music genres of Mexico.

J.J. and arrived at the Palacio de Bellas Artes early and by 9:10 am, we were ushered to our seat in the center orchestra section.

Our usual experience in watching a theatrical performance is that we are given a handout or a master of ceremony introduces the program. Neither happened. The program commenced starting with an invigorating, energetic drum piece by a solo drummer. He was soon joined by 24 drummers on stage augmented by other drummers in the balcony section.

I misunderstood about photography using iPhone. You are prohibited to do videography, but photography without flash is allowed. I missed the drummers. Here is a selection of photos of dancers in traditional costumes.

Two performances aside from the drummers stood out. One was Alebrije, a Mexican mystical creature which I fell in love with on our previous visit to Mexico. The second was a depiction of hunters and hunted. Without further research, I cannot say whether the dance illustrated Aztec warriors. When the “deer” is killed the appreciative audience gave him a standing ovation for the performance.

US$50 per person for a quality show that lasted 90 minutes was well worth it.

Aloha -- Cathi