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CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS “DIA DE LOS MUERTOS”

CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS “DIA DE LOS MUERTOS”
Queens-based dance company brings acclaimed production to venues in the tri-state area

Hailed as a “terrific company,” by The New York Times, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company brings its acclaimed production “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) to three venues in the tri-state area over the course of two weeks beginning October 26th. Under Artistic Director, Alberto Lopez Herrera, Choreographer-in-Residence, Roberto Lara, and Music Director, George Saenz, the company tells a story inspired by the sentiment and colors of the native Mexican tradition through folk dances, classical ballet, and live music. The company of 20 dancers, guest performers, and core of musicians will take audiences on a voyage from a festive town in Mexico to Mictlan, the beautiful underworld of Aztec mythology, where La Catrina is the mesmerizing Queen.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017, 7:30 PM
Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701
Tickets and Information: www.countbasie.org
Event link: http://www.countbasietheatre.org/events/day-dead-celebration/
Box Office: 732-842-9000 ● All tickets: $20

Sunday, October 29th, 2017, 4 PM
Queens Theatre
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
4 United Nations Ave S, Corona, NY 11368
Tickets and Information: www.queenstheatre.org
Event link: http://queenstheatre.org/dia-de-los-muertos
Box Office: 718-760-0064 ● Tickets: $20-$30, Discounts available to groups and multi-season

Saturday, November 4th, 2017, 8:00 PM
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd St., New York, NY 10036
Tickets and Information: www.thetownhall.org
Box Office and Event Link: http://thetownhall.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos
Tickets: $35-$50

“Our language of dance is universal, and I think audiences will love our story and how we bring dia de los muertos into a new light,” says Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera, who also designs and makes much of the company’s wardrobe. Choreographer-in-Residence Mr. Lara brings a rich experience in classical dance and related story-telling. Mr. Lara is most notably a former dancer with Ballet Hispanico and Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

“Dia de los Muertos” has been continually developed since 2012 at venues including the Schimmel Center for the Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, and Penn State Erie. The company premiered the production at Queens Theatre in 2016 during its year-long residence with the partner.

 

CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY PRESENTA “DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS”
La compañía de danza con sede en Queens trae consigo una aclamada producción a teatros en el área tri-estatal

Aclamada como una “compañía fabulosa”, por The New York Times, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presenta su aclamada producción “Día de los Muertos” en tres teatros en el área tri-estatal a lo largo de dos semanas a partir del 26 de octubre. El director artístico, Alberto López Herrera; el coreógrafo en residencia, Roberto Lara; y el director musical, George Sáenz, nos cuentan una historia inspirada en el sentimiento y los colores tradicionales mexicanos a través de bailes folclóricos, ballet clásico y música en vivo. La compañía integrada por 20 bailarines, artistas invitados, y un núcleo de músicos extraordinarios, llevará a la audiencia por un viaje desde un alegre pueblo mexicano, hasta Mictlán, el bello mundo de los muertos de la mitología azteca, reinado por la cautivadora Catrina.

Jueves, 26 de octubre del 2017, 7:30 PM
Count Basie Theatre
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701
Boletos e información: www.countbasie.org
Enlace del evento: http://www.countbasietheatre.org/events/day-dead-celebration/
Taquilla: 732-842-9000 ● Boletos: $20

Domingo, 29 de octubre del 2017, 4:00 PM
Queens Theatre
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
4 United Nations Ave S, Corona, NY 11368
Boletos e información: www.queenstheatre.org
Enlace del evento: http://queenstheatre.org/dia-de-los-muertos
Taquilla: 718-760-0064 ● Boletos: $20-$30, Descuentos disponibles para grupos y de temporada

Sábado, 4 de noviembre del 2017, 8:00 PM
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd St., New York, NY 10036
Boletos e información: www.thetownhall.org
Taquilla y enlace del evento: http://thetownhall.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos
Boletos: $35-$50

“Nuestro lenguaje de la danza es universal, y creo que las audiencias van a amar nuestra historia y cómo traemos a día de los muertos a una nueva luz”, dice el director artístico Alberto López Herrera, quien también diseña y hace gran parte del vestuario de la compañía. El coreógrafo en residencia, Roberto Lara, contribuye con su vasta experiencia en danza clásica y narración de historias. Lara es un reconocido ex bailarín con el Ballet Hispánico y el Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

“Día de los Muertos” se ha presentado y desarrollado continuamente desde 2012 en lugares como el Centro Schimmel para las Artes, Aaron Davis Hall y Penn State Erie. La compañía estrenó la producción en Queens Theatre en 2016 durante su año de residencia.

NBC’s Lynda Baquero inquires about “Boda Mexicana”

Click Here To Watch On NBC’s Website

Co-founder Juan Castaño and Rehearsal Director Grisel Pren talk with Lynda Baquero on NBC’s “Visiones” in preparation for the debut of “Boda Mexicana” in March 2017

Calpulli’s Spectacle “Boda Mexicana” on Telemundo

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Directors and Founders Alberto Lopez and Juan Castano speak to Telemundo about the spectacle “Boda Mexicana” on March 17th, 2017.
[Recording in Spanish]

http://www.telemundo47.com/entretenimiento/acceso-total/_Boda-Mexicana_-de-Calpulli-Mexican-Dance_TLMD—Nueva-York-416439844.html

NY Examiner: “It cannot be emphasized how special this production is…”

NY Examiner: “It cannot be emphasized how special this production is…”
Reviewer: Layla Macoran
Photo by: Stefanie Delgado

Link to original review: PDF of NY Examiner Review

In the midst of post- Halloween hangovers and debauchery, a beautiful dance company restored a connected holiday to its cultural origins. Calpulli Mexican Dance Company brought Dia
de los Muertos to City College’s revitalized Center for the Arts November 1st, giving the audience a rich lesson or a sentimental journey, full of live music and lively dancers. It cannot be emphasized enough how special this production is, providing an educational experience to those not fully aware of the depth and diversity of Mexican culture and dance. As the two hour performance moved from region to region, the music, movement and language changed. The northern calabaceado from Baja California made way for a sweet song in the Purépecha language, marking the reunion of a deceased mother and her little daughters.
Vocalist Enrique Acevedo brought the house to tears with “Cucurrucucu Paloma”, holding a ridiculously long note and filling our hearts with longing.
Elegant houses and refined heads of state shape the tone and style of Gavilan Gavilancillo, El Jaliciense, and La Negra. The Aztecs were represented in a suite with the Náhuatl title
Mexika Tiawi (Mexicans Onward)! The ritualistic piece holds true to the described concept of self-knowledge and harmony.

Noches en Veracruz showed the multiple cultures that inspire the stories and dances of the coast. Dancers with machetes never cease to impress, and here, in the dances El Buey and Sones Nayaritas, it was done with great flair. Bringing the work back to the sacred meaning of the holiday, El Regreso shows mourners with marigold petals praying for a return of those lost,
laying the path with color and love. As the performance closed with Sinaloense Soy, we have traveled through Mexico and fallen in love with El Dia de los Muertos in a deeper, more
meaningful way.
To find out more about Calpulli Mexican Dance Company and its programming, visit
www.calpullidance.org. Go to www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org for a listing of upcoming events.