WMU News

Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico comes to WMU

Sept. 29, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- "Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico" is appearing at Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m.

Drawing upon the vast and vibrant history of Mexico, "Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico" takes you on a dazzling journey covering 1,000 years of Mexican heritage. The performance is filled with swirling dancers, passionate songs and brilliant splashes of color making it a must see. The exciting rhythms of the Mariachi and Marimba explode with energy and offer a glimpse into the beautiful culture and traditions of our neighbors across the Rio Grande.

"Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico" is a worldwide traveling company of 35 singers, dancers and musicians who perform regularly in the United States and Canada and have appeared throughout Europe, Asia and South America. The troupe is under the general direction of Theo Shanab, winner of the coveted first prize in folklore at the World Folklore Festival, and choreographed by Lino Ortega.

The folk dances performed by the troupe encompass a background of the heritage of Mexico and especially that of its original inhabitants. Each region of Mexico has its own dances that correspond with their individual physical climates and traditions--all are distinctly Mexican and all are performed with flair and vitality by the troupe hailing directly from Mexico City.

"Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico" is sponsored by AM 590 WKZO. Tickets range from $16-$26 and are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at www.millerauditorium.com, at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office, or at the Epic Center Box Office downtown.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie, 269 2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu


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