The Cultural Coalition is honored to have been funded by CALA – Celebracion Artistica De Las Americas – for the 2011 CALA Festival which took place  in the Fall of 2011.

Our goal was to connect our community at large with narrative performances by local artists in order to preserve our colorful traditions for future generations. CALA’s sponsorship enabled to create three new collaborative projects, which were presented at the Heard Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, and in various Title-1 schools and community centers in our metropolitan area:

Tonantzin
With choreography by Michele Ceballos Michot, director of Opendance, and music by composer/musician Quetzal Guerrero, Tonantzin is an exciting interpretive dance that expresses the transformation of the Aztec Mother Goddess – Tonantzin – into the religious icon of La Virgen de Guadalupe. With a special artistic twist, Guadalupe inspires the modern young women of today! Performed by Opendance.

El Paseo
El Paseo is a dance piece inspired by Diego Rivera’s mural ‘Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.’ Conceived and choreographed by Maria Leon, Primavera’s artistic director, the Paseo tradition is represented and reenacted through dance and period music of the Porfirian era (pre 1910) in Mexican history. Performed by Ballet Folklorico Primavera.

The Flight of Quetzalcoatl
Ballet Folklorico Ollin Yoliztli , under the direction of Ana Bonilla Moreno, has created the dance and costumes for a new performance piece that brings to life the ancient Mexican dragon deity of Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent. Quetzalcoatl [ket-zahl-koah-tl] represents ‘Coatl’ the snake – a symbol of the earth and ‘Quetzal,’  the rare luminescent feathered bird that represents the heavens.

We also brought back an old audience favorite:

Dia de Los Muertos Storytelling Festival
Dia de Los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars to those who have gone before us. In this 45-minute performance, we put it all into perspective through music, poetry and storytelling, helping us to accept and even to laugh at our most primal fears about death.

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