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[theater] Ghostly Labor by Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla // San Jose

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - March 22 @ 7:00 pm

$10 – $35

Ghostly Labor, by Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla, is a multidisciplinary, rhythmic performance that explores the history of labor in the US–Mexico borderlands, and the power and joy of collective resistance.

San José Premiere
March 21-22, 2024
Doors: 7pm
Hammer Theatre Center
101 Paseo De San Antonio , San Jose, CA 95113

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Don’t miss the opportunity to witness what the San Francisco Chronicle called a “defiantly joyous production… [that] deserves to be seen across the country.”


This work brings together Tap Dance, Mexican Zapateado, Afro Caribbean movement, live music and animated archival video. Featuring an all-female dance company, spoken word, traditional Son Jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico and an Afro Latino percussive score, this full-length dance theater production brings to life historical events, such as the Bath Riots of 1917, the experiences of farm workers and domestic workers throughout California, and the generations of labor that have gone unseen.

“Ghostly Labor” delves into the rich history of labor in the US-Mexico borderlands, seamlessly blending the art forms of Tap Dance, Mexican Zapateado, Son Jarocho, and Afro-Caribbean movement.

Inspired by Vanessa Sanchez’s family history, this production, characterized by its captivating fusion of polyrhythmic movement and live music, examines the legacy of systemic labor exploitation while celebrating the resilience and unity found in collective resistance.

Raised in San Jose, CA, Vanessa Sanchez is a nationally recognized Chicana-Native dancer, choreographer, and educator. Founded in 2015 by Vanessa Sanchez, La Mezcla is a womxn driven San Francisco-based dance and music company rooted in Chicana, Latina and Indigenous traditions and social justice. In 2019, Vanessa was the Dance/USA Artist Fellow and received the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Production for her internationally touring show, “Pachuquísmo.”



About Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla:

Vanessa Sanchez is a Chicana-Native dancer, choreographer and educator who emphasizes the voices and experiences of Latina, Chicana and Indigenous women and youth through contemporary performance, community arts and traditional dance forms. Her dance and choreographic expression explores movement and rhythm to tell stories of historical oppression and collective resistance. Sanchez’s artistic practice is influenced by her cultural and ancestral lineage, the experiences of her community and the expression of Afro-Latinx percussion and dance to challenge cultural and gender role stereotypes. As a dedicated and experienced arts educator in the Latino community, she works to ensure accessibility to quality arts training and performances. She independently produces the community grant outreach program “Connecting Communities to Funders,” a free, 3-part series that connects BIPOC, culturally-based dancers and artists with grant organizations.

La Mezcla is a polyrhythmic, San Francisco-based dance and music ensemble rooted in Chicana, Latina and Indigenous traditions and social justice. Founded in 2015 by Dance/USA fellow Vanessa Sanchez, their work brings together Tap dance, Son Jarocho and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to bring the often unseen histories and experiences of communities of color to stages, streets and fields.


March 21 @ 7:00 pm
March 22 @ 7:00 pm
$10 – $35
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