Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, New Jersey
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Town Hall, Midtown, Manhattan
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is New York City’s Mexican folklore ballet, dance school, and arts in education provider.
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.