I have a childhood memory of my sister and me, a memory that seems childish now, nonetheless significant enough to leave an impression on my young mind. We are dressed in costume, in two traditional folkloric beautiful dresses. One full of color, red, green, white, sequenced, beaded, with sashes. The other,… white. Guess which one I wanted and which I wore? Yes, my older sister, the one that got everything first, the one with long, straight, silky black hair got to wear the colorful dress. I, la güera, chubby with unmanageably frizzy hair, got to wear the white dress, in braids.
Young and stubborn I didn’t see the beauty of that white, embroidered dress. I was captivated by the bright and vivid colors my beautiful, older sister wore. She was a beauty! And I envied her. Thinking back it was not the dress I desired, it was the powerful magic that those traditional dresses evoked. It is truly wondrous what one experiences when looking at anyone wearing such art. As I young girl I could not see it in myself, though it was there, and it was most certainly there in my sister.
I invite you to take a special and unique opportunity to experience this magic and attend the performance of one of the best dance companies of México, the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. On its golden anniversary tour from Mexico City, Ballet Folklórico de México brings to Austin its very best from 50 years of performing. “This celebration of life in movement, music, and color showcases pre-Hispanic rituals, dramatic events from Mexico’s history and depictions of that region’s diverse culture and folklore.”
Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts
Michael & Susan Dell Hall
Tuesday, January 19, 2010