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BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO PERFORMS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

September 10, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES

AMALIA HERNÁNDEZ’S BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 10, 2007 – In 1952, Amalia Hernández founded Ballet Folklórico de México, a dance group committed to keeping the dance traditions of Mexico alive. The company has since achieved international success, delighting audiences in more than 5,000 performances worldwide with vibrant dance, music and costumes that exude the spirit of Mexico. “Passionate…impeccable … an unequaled point of entry to the riches of a fabulous culture!” (Los Angeles Times) Ballet Folklórico de México performs at George Mason University Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion is held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

“Part pageant, part travelogue and part history lesson” (The Washington Post), Hernández’s exuberant choreography performed by classically trained dancers in exquisite costumes make Ballet Folklórico de México a visual feast for audiences. Inspired by dances from the Pre-Colombian era, the Hispanic Viceroy period and the Revolutionary years, Hernandez’s choreography captures a country with rich and diverse cultural traditions. “Tlacotalpan Festivity” portrays the celebration of the Candelaria Virgin, while “The Quetzals of the Puebla” recreates a dance executed by highly trained performers personifying the quetzal, a sacred, mythological bird of Mesoamerica. “The Deer Dance," perhaps the Ballet’s most renowned work, is based on a ritual performed by the Yaqui people in preparation for a hunt. The New York Times described the work as “demanding and poignant.” Ballet Folklórico de México is equally as known for its stunning, brilliantly hued costumes as its choreography. “The swish and swirl of the women's voluminous skirts becomes a metaphor for the vibrant mix of cultures.” (The Washington Post)

Amalia Hernández created more than 40 ballets for upwards of 70 dancers before her death in 2000. Ballet Folklórico de México is currently run by Hernández’s daughter and Artistic Director Norma Lopez Hernández and is permanently housed at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.


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Tickets for Ballet Folklórico de México are $44, $36, $22 Family Friendly: Children 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.