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The Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez re-visited London after a 20 year hiatus from this city. What did we expect? I’m not sure. What was it like? In a word: sensational.
The programme consisted of 9 sections, each act accompanied with the impressive, live, Mariachi-type musicians, replete with sombreros.
- Los Matachines – a dance from Northern Mexico, performed during religious festivals, since the Sixteenth century, and originating from Spain along with their conquest.
- Guerrero-Guerrero – Referencing Vincente Guerrero, a Mexican independence hero, and important military and political figure. As an adjective ‘guerrero’ means courage. The tri-partite dance consisted of Solo de Mariquita, Las Amarillas and El Gusto.
- Revolucion – This act was dedicated to the Soldaderas, the women who joined in the military and political campaigns of Modern Mexico, beginning with the revolution in 1910.
- Charreada – A Mexican tradition, charreria is a series of sports competitions demonstrating bravery and originating from skills acquired from working on the land of the old haciendas of Mexico.
- Fiesta in Tlacotalpan – A February 2nd festival dedicated to the Candelaria virgin with the appearance of huge mojigangas.
- Dance of the Quetzales – A symbol of elegance and beauty, the quetzal is a mythical Central American bird. The dance is typically performed in the state of Puebla.
- Danzon and Jarana – A fusion of European, African and Caribbean dances performed in the pre-conquest Mexico and combined with a contemporary Spanish influence.
- Dance of the Deer – A symbolic performance of a deer of hunt of the Yaqui people, it constitutes one of the best examples of imitative magic.
- Fiesta in Jalisco – A couple of dances, the china and the charro from the state of Jalisco, the fiesta explores the careful wooing and captivation of the ladies.