Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas


Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is developing a new production with the Thalia Spanish Theatre by Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera and Co-Founder Juan Castaño.

“Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas” explores the beautiful holiday traditions of Mexico and the United States through music and dance. The traditions are experienced by a young person of Mexican immigrant parents growing up in New York City. From Aztec-inspired dance to Christmas carols, the youngster tries to bring their two worlds together. In a dream, they imagine the fusion of Mariachi music with Tchaikovsky, folk dance with ballet, and the wonderment of their two cultures. But a tempting character preaches the separation of these customs, and the youngster must choose. The company of 16 dancers and core of musicians led by Calpulli’s Music Director George Saenz bring to life timeless traditions and a world of holiday fantasy. The entirely new program tells a story with commissioned works by Mexican and Mexican-American guest choreographers with new musical arrangements and original works.


Photo: Julieta Cervantes

NAVIDAD will feature commissioned choreographic works by the following:
– Juan Castaño, Co-Founder of Calpulli
– Javier Dzul, Artistic Director of Dzul Dance Company
– Francisco Graciano, formerly of the Paul Taylor Dance Company
– Grisel Pren Monje, Rehearsals Director with Calpulli


Thalia Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Ave, Sunnyside, NY 11104

Performance Dates:

Friday, November 30, 2018, 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 4:00 PM
Friday, December 7, 2018, 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4:00 PM
Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 4:00 PM



NBC News’ Lynda Baquero interviews Music Director George Saenz and Executive Director Juan Castaño about “Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas.”

Click on the photo to watch!

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Photo: Julieta Cervantes