Nights in Veracruz: The most elegant of the gulf coast states, Veracruz is a rich, vibrant fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean rhytms. The Jarochos, the people of Veracruz, are renowned jokesters, teasing and constantly competing with each other. Most representative of this competive spirit is El zapateado which pins boastful dancers and proud musicians in a “battle” for audiences to enjoy.
The tradition of fandango nights singing and dancing around the “tarima” (a raised wooden platform) originated in the southern town of Tlacotalpan. The suite explores haunting, celebratory, and passionate dances in the tropical night air of Veracruz.