Ballet Gran Folklorico De Mexico Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Beasley Coliseum, Pullman
A taste of the traditional dances of Mexico will be brought to the Palouse Tuesday by Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico.
The appearance of the folk dance company is the last of the Festival Dance & Performing Arts series of performances in Pullman this season.
Despite the name, Ballet Gran Folklorico is not a traditional ballet company. Rather, the 35 troupe members include musicians and singers as well as dancers, all from Mexico City. The company tours extensively throughout the world, performing a program of authentic dances and music from the diverse regions of Mexico.
Most of the dances have roots deep in Mexico’s history, paying homage to Mexico’s Aztec heritage with the Aztec Fire Ceremony, the Dance of the Quetzal and the Dance of the Ribbons. Other pieces on the program nod to the Spanish influence in Mexico dating to 1519.
Dances and music gleaned from the traditions of Mexico’s northern states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Chihuahua have European influences, including Mexican versions of the polka, waltz and Scottish chotis.
One of the highlights of the evening will be the Dance of the Deer (Danza del Venado), which is a dramatic piece with prehistoric origins. The ritual ceremony is from the state of Sonora and is performed by Yaqui Indians prior to hunting expeditions.
The dances are appropriate for children of all ages.
, DataTimes MEMO: Ballet Gran Folklorico De Mexico will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. Tickets are $20/$16/$12 for adults, $20/$12/$10 for students and $20/$8/$6 for children, available at the Beasley box office and the Depot in Pullman; UI Ticket Express in Moscow; Albertson’s in Lewiston; and G&B Select-a-Seat outlets; or call (800) 325-SEAT.
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