Watch: Calpulli Directors Interviewed for “Boda Mexicana”

See the interview with Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera, Music Director George Saenz, and Guest Choreographer Javier Dzul about their work with “Boda Mexicana.”

Calpulli Receives Support From Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is delighted to be a recipient of the Dance Advancement Fund Award from Dance/NYC!

Read more about the Fund here:

https://www.dance.nyc/funds/danceadvancement

Review: “Dia de los Muertos” at the Town Hall

True Love Survives After Death in Dia de los Muertos

“With its emphasis on honoring the transition of death, as well as those who have passed on and the undying power of love, Dia delos Muertos exemplifies the roots of the commercial holiday we now know as Halloween. If The Nutcracker is the go-to performance of the Winter months, Dia de los Muertos should be made canon for the Fall.”

 

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New York Times Review: “Dia de los Muertos” at the Town Hall

Review: When La Catrina Met Giselle

“The dance numbers keep coming — feet stamping, skirts swirling — as narrative turns are woven in with easy-to-follow clarity. The lines of female dead, crossing one another to the same accelerating music to which the Wilis cross, have the same effect as the original, heightened by richer colors. And the hopeful ending allows the men to finish with their forte, striking machetes together under high kicks.”

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Calpulli’s Artistic Director Alberto Lopez featured in Time Magazine’s “American Voices”

Our own Artistic Director and Founder Alberto Lopez is featured in Time Magazine’s American Voices for his key role and contributions to an organization that celebrates Mexicans and Mexican culture:

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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.

Review: “Boda Mexicana” at Queens Theatre

Bright, beautiful costumes with joyous music create the perfect setting for “Boda Mexicana,” or “Mexican Wedding” at Queens Theatre (in the park). This latest offering by the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is another example of the troupe’s highly professional and consistently appreciated presentations. Their latest performance earns shouts of approval and applause from the audience. The story of two soulmates Abril Anchondo Reynaga and Roberto Lara who are threatened but not conquered by an evil sorceress (Grisel Pren Monje) is rhythmically uplifting. Their meeting, courtship, introductions to family and friends and their wedding ceremony is jeopardized. Of course, there’s a happy ending with dozens of dancers and musicians providing energy and optimism. Artistic director/co-founder/costume designer Alberto C. Lopez Herrera meshes perfectly with choreographer Roberto Lara and his clever storyline. The audience has no difficulty following the characters as their unmistakable affection grows, is brazenly challenged, and then finally triumphs. Music director George Saenz provides high-quality guitarists, violinists, a tuba player, a drummer and singers whose music resonates with Mexican pride and power. Bravo!
Throughout the performance, huge beautiful, scenes and designs are projected against the rear wall (designs by Ariel Rodriguez Mores). Supporting dancers Yuritzy Govea, Stefanie Roper, Juan Castano and Christopher Cortez perform with disarming skill. The unmistakable warmth and affection of provided by another dozen performers helps bring the audience to a final standing ovation. Queens Theatre’s Executive Director Taryn Sacramone has returned from maternity leave with energy and enthusiasm. She greets the audience before opening curtain while house manager Willy Mosquera, at her side, offers his welcome in Spanish. There’s much more onstage this spring. Call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org. As always, save me a seat on the aisle. – Cliff Kadsen, Queens Courier

NBC’s Lynda Baquero inquires about “Boda Mexicana”

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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

BroadwayWorld.com says “If you haven’t seen the amazing work of this company, you are missing out!”

BWW Review: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos with CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY
By: Caryn Cooper

On the weekend of October 29th and 30th, 2016, the acclaimed Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presented audiences with a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) production with live music, classical and folkloric dances with a mix of contemporary work with long-time partner at the Queens Theatre. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera, Choreographer-in-Residence and former dancer with Ballet Hispanico Roberto Lara, and Music Director George Saenz, the company took audiences on a journey to a small town in Mexico to Michtlan- the beautiful underworld of Aztec mythology.

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico, and around the world, as a way to honor those who have passed on. Families bring ofrendas (offerings) to the deceased such as flowers, candles, and food to the cemetery, and create altars at home with items such as marigolds (the flower of death), fresh water, the deceased’s favorite foods, and sugar skulls (a reminder that death is the sweet continuation of life). It is believed that the spirits will bless those who honor their dead. La Catrina is the most popular image associated with the holiday. Originally created by Jose Guadalupe Posada, La Catrina represents death and the willingness to laugh at death.

This production, tells the story of a breadmaker, Don José, who attempts to have his daughter, Lupita marry Maximiliano, the town’s arrogant millionaire, despite her courtship with Raul whom she loves. Maximiliano challenges Raul to a duel, to which he loses. Blinded by his vengeance, Maximiliano sends a poisoned drink to Raul that Lupita mistakenly drinks, ending her life. Lupita arrives in Michtlan where she is received by La Catrina and her happy court. However, Lupita is sad because she did not get to say goodbye to her love, prompting La Catrina to grant Lupita a chance to return to the world of the living for one final dance. La Catrina leaves with Lupita, but not before she reassures Raul that one day he will be reunited with his love in the world of the departed. This gives Raul hope and joy as he decorates and cares for Lupita’s resting place.

What a wonderful show! The costumes were just beautiful and the live music was the perfect cherry on top. Being that I have seen the company perform at a number of previous engagements, I have never seen anything like this. It was a nice mix of traditional dance with a hint of Western dance forms such as ballet. It is different, but it shows how powerful dance can be. And what a talented group of dancers! They perform with such athleticism with the men’s high jumps and kicks, and grace as the women danced while balancing candles on their heads.

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is a Queens-based Dance Company that looks to celebrate the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican-American culture through dance and music. In this show, they have taken the charge of having Mexican traditional dance, with a captivating love story, while fusing it with diverse styles of dance vocabulary and technique. This collaborative effort highlights the indescribable beauty that is found in the universal language of dance. It is a new opportunity to expand artistic inspiration and connect with audiences, both new and old, in a different way.

If you haven’t seen the amazing work of this company, you are missing out! They are truly a terrific company. Be sure to save the date on either March 18th or 19th, 2017, for the company’s return to the Queens Theatre for a special presentation entitled Boda Mexicana (Mexican Wedding) that will explore the many wedding/marriage traditions found throughout various parts of Mexico.

This article appeared on BroadwayWorld.com on 11/03/2016.
Original Article Here.