The Hammer Theatre Center presents Ballet Folklórico de México, the acclaimed dance ensemble representing the rich tapestry of Mexico’s cultural history.
This long-running troupe based in Mexico City brings together mariachis, intricate hand-crafted costumes, dances of folklore, and many other facets of traditional Mexican culture in a brilliant and colorful performance.
“The gorgeous costumes and breathtaking formations keep coming, dance after dance,” says The New York Times. The Stage calls its performances, “a vibrant, joyous celebration of the folk dances and music of Mexico, with the sophisticated kick of a Las Vegas show.”
Just in time for Dia de los Muertos, the troupe arrives in the Bay Area for its multi-city return to the United States.
Ballet Folklórico de México was founded in 1952 by Amalia Hernández, a dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer at the National Institute of Fine Arts. Over the last six decades, the group has grown exponentially—both in size and reputation. Originally consisting of just eight performers, the ensemble had over 50 when it represented Mexico at the Pan American Games in 1959. The Ballet Folklórico is now world-renowned for the incorporation of regional dance and traditional Mexican dress and Mexican folk music into its routines. Some of Hernández’s most famed routines include her adaptation of the traditional Danza del Venado and Los Quetzales. Other outstanding routines include Los Matlachines, featuring the oft-disregarded northern dance tradition, and the Charreada, a dance developed out of the tradition of the charrería (a competitive event similar to rodeo). Today, the Ballet Folklórico performs three times a week at Mexico City’s prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes, and has toured to more than 300 cities in almost 80 countries.
A second performance at the Hammer Theatre Center has just been added on Sunday, October 28 due to the 7:00pm performance almost being sold out. Get your tickets for the 2:00pm performance now to ensure your seats!