Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is New York City’s Mexican folklore ballet, dance school, and arts in education provider.

Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ celebrates Day of the Dead at The Town Hall

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Queens Theatre
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Town Hall, Midtown, Manhattan
Saturday, November 4, 2017

When I went to see Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s Día de los Muertos production, I was expecting a folkloric dance company. Boy was I was wrong.

Calpulli productions Boda Mexicana (Mexican Wedding) and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are more like a Broadway show or a Mexican opera than a folkloric dance performance.

As Artistic Director Alberto Lopez put it, folkloric dance only exists in specific places. What Calpulli does is a mix of everything from the Aztecs to Ballet.

Lopez was recognized in Time Magazine’s 2017 “American Voices” feature. He is definitely on to something.

Underneath it all, Calpulli is a community of Mexican-American artists who teach Mexican culture, music, and dance at New York City schools and community centers across New York City and New Jersey.

Calpulli is the most respected Mexican cultural institution in New York City. Their 2017 performance at The Town Hall in Manhattan was a milestone for New York City’s Mexican community.

The Town Hall was founded by American women fighting for the right to vote. It is a historic venue for historic events, sort of a Carnegie Hall for social issues and the very best international artists. Performing there is a milestone in New York City’s embrace of its growing Mexican community.


Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ on NY1

Enscenario: El Día de Muertos Llega al Town Hall
by Fernando Cárdenas
NY1 Theater Reporter
November 3, 2017

Calpulli ‘Día de los Muertos’ on NBC News

What’s El Día de los Muertos? It’s Not Scary, and It’s Not Halloween
by Kristina Puga
November 1, 2017