Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's repertoire is a carnival of folkloric traditions and original creations both choreographic and musical developed since 2003. Artistic Director & Co-Founder Alberto Lopez Herrera tells narrative-based stories told entirely through dance, music, elaborate and colorful costuming, and with the passion of our performers.
The Company tours across the USA and made its international debut in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2013 and its European debut in Istanbul, Turkey in 2019. Please Contact Us with any questions or requests for more information. Presenters, please see our dedicated page for your reference.
"Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo" retells the Battle of Puebla & its multifaceted history.
A young person of Mexican immigrant parents grows up in New York City with a duality of cultures- one at home and one at school. In a dream, they bring their two worlds together imagining the fusion of Mariachi music with Tchaikovsky, folk dance with ballet, and the wonderment of their two cultures. But a tempting character haunts the dream preaching the separation of these customs & forcing the youngster to choose.
In 1862, the Battle of Puebla marked the last time a foreign army invaded the Americas. Our story brings together the historical figures from Benito Juarez- Mexico's first native-born president, the Emperor of France Napoleon III, the unique cultural symbols of the state of Puebla, and the events and influences that led and followed the famous battle.
Two lovers travel through time in Mexico- from the Mayan pyramids to the coast of Sinaloa- where we witness native & Hispanic customs of courtship, engagement, meeting of the in-laws, the ceremony, and the feast that follows. Along the way, we meet an enchantress who seeks to end the couple's voyage.
A loving couple falls victim to treachery and is separated, seemingly forever. The young woman enters Mictlán- the underworld of Aztec mythology- where the mesmerizing Catrina reigns as queen.