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Mexican Ballet Company
To Perform at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Oct. 1, 1998|
Ballet Folklorico Mexico, a company that presents authentic regional folk dances of Mexico, will perform Thursday, Oct. 15, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The show will begin at 8 p.m. in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
The regional dances performed by Ballet Folklorico Mexico reflect the unusual tradition of a country where many groups were physically isolated from each other, yet shared language and a common spirit. The program includes historic dances from Azteca, Michoacan, Guerrero, Sonora, Jalisco and other regions of Mexico, as well as dances dedicated to the "soldaderas," the courageous women who supported and fought alongside the men during the Mexican Revolution. Lavishly adorned traditional regalia is an important part of the show.
The full name of the company is the Ballet Folklorico Mexico de Los Hermanos Avila founded in 1972 by Carmen and Jesus Avila, sister and brother, who still perform with the ensemble. While the home base of the group is in Madison, members have performed in Germany, Russia and Mexico. Many dancers in the company are college students, some of them from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan and China. Even though the dancers are all volunteers, they endure practice four or five days a week. Ballet Folklorico Mexico has received commendations from the state of Wisconsin and the Mexican Government Tourism Office.
Tickets are $5 ($3 for UW-Eau Claire students) at the University Service Center in Davies Center, and will be sold at the door. Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The performance is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 1, 1998