PachuquÍsmo 2019 // SF


Brava presents the evening-length production, Pachuquísmo, directed, choreographed and conceived by Vanessa Sanchez.

Friday, October 18, 2019 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:00 PM
Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco.

$35 reserved orchestra
$25 reserved mezzanine.

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Pachuquísmo merges tap and zapateado (a dance form associated with Son Jarocho music from Veracruz.

The combination of the two percussive styles of dance offer a unique and illuminating container to reflect Chicanx and Pachuca culture as well as the history of the Zoot Suit Riots told from a female perspective.

Featuring Chicana poly-rhythms, live music, and video, Pachuquísmo explores the role of the Pachuca – the lesser explored female style makers of the Zoot Suit movement of the 1940’s, while examining systemic racism and the struggles communities of color continue to face today.



About Vanessa Sanchez:

Sanchez is one of 31 artists from around the country to be chosen for the inaugural class of the Dance/USA Artist Fellows. This year, Sanchez was also selected by New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project to tour Pachuquísmo. Her work has been called “complex” and “graceful”.

The story is told through all-female cast of dancers and musicians, using a layered rhythmic dialogue and folkloric music from Veracruz to mirror the cultural fusion of Mexican traditions and American societal norms.

Elaborate tap footwork is paired with traditional instruments to create a new narrative around the Chicana experience. With the backdrop of the Zoot Suit Riots, the work acknowledges the significance of the Zoot Suit in the 1940’s. By pulling the narrative out of the male-centered context, Pachuquísmo challenges gender roles and offers a more complete history of Mexican-American culture in the 1940s.




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La Mezcla presents Pachuquismo, an all-female Tap and Son Jarocho performance of Chicanx culture, Pachucas and the Zoot Suit Riots.

Featuring Chicana poly-rhythms, live music, and video, this work explores the role of the Pachuca in the 1940’s and examining systemic racism and the struggles communities of color continue to face today. Choreography and Direction by Vanessa Sanchez.

La Mezcla’s past performances include BRUJA in collaboration with Eastside Arts Alliance, SOMart’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit, Dance Brigade’s SummerFeast in Dos Rios and Brava Theater’s Baile en la Calle.

Performers include Alisa Guardiola, Caroline Chung, Elena de la Troya, Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban, Maria Anaya, Monica Fimbrez, Sandy Vasquez and Vanessa Sanchez.



Last year’s images.