From coast to coast, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is gaining the praise of audiences and presenters alike with their dynamic performances. Calpulli is a roster artist with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and with Arts on Stage.
Amy Wong, Queens Theatre & Calpulli Patron
On October 30, 2016, I attended "Dia de los muertos/ Day of the Dead," presented by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. At first, I did not know what to expect. Death is not a favorite topic of ethnic Chinese Americans. When I was assured there a story behind the dance, I decided to attend. Anything with a great story is good by my. Dance is not my first love but the story of young lovers parted by cruel fate, motherly Catrina, Queen of the underworld world of the Dead, grants Lupita permission to visit her lover Raul in the world of the living, reminded me of the Greek legend of Persephone, mom Demeter and Hades, the terrifying ruler of the world of the dead. So great there are connections between this folk story in the new world and that of myth from the old world. The audience's enthusiasm was infectious. The theater was full; young children attended, grandparents were there. The costumes were like enormous colorful fans for women and pinstripes for the men. The dancers smiled and the folks welcomed Raul back to the world of the living.
BroadwayWorld.com on Calpulli's "Dia de los Muertos"
""What a wonderful show!...If you haven't seen the amazing work of this company, you are missing out!"
Angelica Guel, Educator and Dancer
"I love the way you continue the tradition but stretch, re-introduce Mexican folklore with/for modernity."
Luke Gorka, Performing Arts Coordinator, SUNY Geneseo, Wadsworth Auditorium
"It was truly a fantastic show! We were elated with the Día de los Muertos program and every audience reaction I saw and heard was extremely positive! You and your company are an utter joy to work with..."
Amelia Moreno, Cedar Crest College
Calpulli's performance was the perfect complement to our Día de los muertos [Day of the Dead] celebration! Students truly enjoyed the live music and dancing. The interactive portion of the show was a pleasant surprise, The audience was engaged and, at the end of the show, expressed interest in the rich Mexican culture.
Peter Hulen, Wabash College, Indiana
The whole community was delighted by your excellent work, including those from the College, the Town and importantly, the local Mexican-American community.
Jeffrey Rosenstock, Former Executive Director Queens Theatre in the Park
I admire Calpulli for the great programming and equally for their ability to bring new and diverse audiences to our venue.
Sydney Skybetter, Dance Critic
…performed with vigor and soul to spare.
…colorful performance leaves the audience applauding and eager for more.
Time Out New York
...Calpulli...will lead by example...accompanied by mariachi music and aztec drums. It won't be hard to coax your little ones onto their feet for some dancing with these seasoned pros.