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INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK 

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 8pm
Brooklyn Center's World of Dance Series presents:
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez

Renowned worldwide for its celebration of life through movement, the work of Ballet Folklórico de México encompasses pre-Hispanic rituals, dramatic historical events, and colorful depictions of Mexico’s diverse cultures and folklore. Made up of more than 75 dancers and musicians, the company has traveled to over 60 countries, performing the rich and varied works of Amalia Hernández, one of Latin America’s most important choreographers.

With the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Walt Whitman Theatre
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn
2 Train to Flatbush Avenue
www.brooklyncenteronline.org
718.951.4500

In addition to the October 13th performance at Brooklyn College, the Ballet Folklórico de México will also be performing on these dates:


Friday, October 5, 2007 at 8 pm at Lehman College
Mexico's most prestigious folkloric dance company presents a colorful evening of traditional music and dance with sophisticated costumes and powerful and accomplished dancers. Take a journey into the diverse mexican cultures - past and present!

Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Box Office: 718.960.8833
Tickets: $35, $30, $25, $20 (children under 12 pay $10)
www.lehmancenter.org


Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 8pm at the Beacon Theater
The Internationally-Acclaimed Dance Company Returns to the Same Broadway Venue Where It was Scheduled to Perform the Night of September 11, 2001

This year’s program includes some of the company’s most popular dances, including the dramatic La danza del venado (Deer Dance), which recreates the pre-Hispanic ritual organized by native Indians in Northern Mexico in preparation for the hunt. The program also brings the more modern and romantic danzón, the European-inspired urban dance which originated in Cuba, as well as the more upbeat jaranas, the typical regional dances from Yucatán, Campeche, Tabasco and Quintana Roo. From a critical period of Mexican history comes Revolución, a special dance dedicated to the soldaderas, the women who supported their men by taking up arms and joining them in the fight during the 1910 Revolution. The evening will close with Jalisco, a wildly festive celebration revolving around the Southwestern state where Mexico’s signature charros and mariachis originated.

Supporting the dancers will be 16 musicians performing onstage, including a mariachi band playing a selection of Mexico’s best-known sones, or songs.

Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway
Between 74th and 75th Street
New York, NY 10023
Tickets are $34, $39, $49, $54, $64 and are available at the Beacon Theatre Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com or 212.307.7171 


Friday, October 26, 2007 at 8pm at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Renowned around the globe for its impassioned movement, lavish costuming and stirring music, this 75-member company transports audiences to all the myth, magic and spectacle of Mexico.

Prudential Hall New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center Street
Newark, NJ 07102
www.njpac.org


Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6pm
Via-á-Vis: Dialogues between Artists and Curators from the Western Hemisphere
Teresa Margolles and Maura Reilly

For more than a decade Teresa Margolles has been appropriating or manipulating human remains in her practice. Margolles, who was part of the artists collective SEMEFO, whose name is derived from the forensic medical services in Mexico City, pushes the notion of the abject, creating a powerful body of work that deals with violence and spirituality. According to Cuauhtémoc Medina, her work "transformed the morgue into her lab". The artist invited Reilly, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, to discuss her work in a broader context. Reception to follow.

This event is organized in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute.

This event will take place at:
The Americas Society
680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
www.americas-society.org


Tuesday, October 9, 2007 from 6 - 9pm
Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art present: Fundraiser for Oaxacan Folk Artists
We're a group of artists, writers, scholars, travelers and collectors who are concerned about the survival of the many remarkable folk artist families of Oaxaca, Mexico, who face a constricted tourist economy due to recent political unrest there. The future of the artistic traditions of the many indigenous pueblos surrounding this UNESCO-designated “World Heritage Site” are at stake, as young people leave the region in search of more stable income.

We're trying to raise $15,000 to fund juried competitions for young artists, US exhibition tours, intercultural exchange with Oaxacan masters, and collaborative programs with Oaxaca's regional folk art museum.

Tickets are $55, and we'll treat you to great Oaxacan refreshments and a terrific silent auction of art work and vendor donations. If you can't come, we hope you'll consider sending a donation to help our work.

For tickets, and to make a donation, address your check to “Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art (FOFA)” and send to:
Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art (FOFA)
275 Central Park West, 1C
New York, N.Y. 10024

You may also donate by using the PayPal link on our website, WWW.FOFA.US
Established in 2007, FOFA is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

205 Chrystie Bar
205 Chrystie Street, at Stanton
(one block south of Houston and east of Bowery)


Unmonumental: The Art Object in the 21st Century

The 21st century has proved to be a time of degraded monument. Some of the most cutting edge artists are responding to the state of the world by making objects seemingly improvised from that which is without value. It is as if the work has been created in basements and garages rather than a traditional atelier. Fabrication, scale, and permanence have given way to that which is intimate, provisional, domestic, and overlooked.

Mexican participating artists:

  • Jonathan Hernández

  • Gabriel Kuri

  • Abraham Cruzvillegas

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
December 1, 2007 – February 2008
Opening reception: December 1, 6 pm


FISSURES: WORKS ON VIDEO FROM MEXICO, Wednesday, December 5

Presented in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, this video program alludes to the legal and social gaps that allow certain artists to do pieces that deal with themes of piracy, appropriation, legality and inequality. The selection includes: Rinoplastia, Yoshua Okón (2000 / Mexico / 40 min.); Real Art, Julieta Aranda (2002 / Mexico / 4 min.); Acapulco Golden, Joaquín Segura (2004 / Mexico / 12.14 min.); Apoohcalypse Now!, Artemio (2002 / Mexico / 8.26 min.); and Bañando al bebé (Bathing The Baby), Teresa Margolles (1999 / Mexico / 7 min.). After the screening join Aldo Sánchez Ramírez, Program Coordinator, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and visual artist Artemio for a Q&A session with the audience.

Admission: Free. For advance registration e-mail public_programs@elmuseo.org.


Y México Suena… Así!! recent Music Videos from Mexico

Saturday, November 17, 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm   

The Mexican Cultural Institute presents a selection of music videos of some of the most representative contemporary bands and artists from Mexico City. From pop to punk, rock, cumbia, electronic and new sounds, this series reflects current trends in music from a generation that has absorbed, reinterpreted and surpassed Mexican and international 80´s and 90’s era music. The selection includes: Miedo (Fear), Maria Daniela y su Sonido Lasser, (2005, México, 4:09 min), Dir. Miguel Calderón; Pontiac Firebird '82, Sonido Lasser Drakar, (2005, México, 3:45 min), Dir. Alfredo Hubard; Yepa, Yepa, Yepa, Silverio, (2002, México, 4:08 min), Dir. Miguel Calderón; Odisea 2001, Titán, (2006, San Francisco, 4:03 min), Dir. Juan Luna Avin;  Maldito (Damned), Jessy Bulbo, (2006, México, 2:58 min), Dir. Sergio García Michel; La isla con chicas (The Island with Girls), Kumbia Queers, (2007, Argentina/México, 3:45 min), Dir. Ali Gardoqui. Followed by Q&A with Alfredo Hubard, Director of Pontiac Firebird ´82.

Admission: Free. For advance registration e-mail public_programs@elmuseo.org.
 

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