La Mezcla

Bruja

BRUJA

by Vanessa Sanchez/La Mezcla
featuring bien firme

SAT, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 5 PM
FREE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE!
EASTSIDE CULTURAL CENTER

“Pachuquismo, mixing Son Jarocho and Tap Dance with soulful Mexican musical rhythms, Bruja reinvents and regains the Latina-Xicana Power.

“Bruja” is a theater performance showcasing and empowering Xicanas and Latina women of the Bay Area through rhythm, music, and dance. An exploration of the history of the Xicana experience through non-stereotypical artistic expression with a cultural and historical context spanning from the 1940’s (early Xicana history) through today.

SUPPORTED IN PART BY the Akonadi Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Building Demand for the Arts initiative, and Dancers’ Group’s CA$H Grant.”

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A Day of Son Jarocho

On June 18, 2016, I performed Zapateado with Son de la Bahía in this exciting performance which also featured Sonando Sur and Tarimba.

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Sonando Sur / Sonando Norte:
A Day of Son Jarocho – Música Veracruzana

Saturday, June 18 3pm-12am

Join us for a day of Son Jarocho “Sonando Sur / Sonando Norte” with workshops, concert and Fandango! Workshops include Zapateado dance, Jarana and requinto for various levels, followed by a live concert with different Son Jarocho groups from Veracruz and the Bay Area, highlighting the different aspects and interpretations of Son Jarocho music from the south of Veracruz, Mexico. Bring your instruments and dancing shoes and join us for an open FANDANGO after the concert!

 

WORKSHOPS: 3-5PM / LOCATION: @ MCCLA / PRICE: $15 FOR ONE CLASS OR $20 FOR TWO
Learn to play the Jarana and Requinto, and dance Zapateado Veracruzano!
• Beginning Jarana / Intermediate 3pm-4:00pm
• Requinto 3pm-4:00pm
• Zapateado 4:00pm-5pm
• Jarana Intermediate / Advanced 4:00pm-5pm
• Concert: 8pm – 10pm | Admission: ADV $18, DOOR $20

From Veracruz : Sonando Sur Claudio Vega from Los Vega Group, Diego Lira from Son del Valle, and Esthér Cruz
From the Bay: Son de la Bahía | Tarimba Followed by a FANDANGO until midnight!

For More information visit: “Son de la Bahía” on Facebook

Paz: Fandango Urbano 2016

On June 12, 2016, I participated in PAZ: Fandango Urbano 2016

as a class assistant and performer.

During the culminating performance, I accompanied DíaPaSon with new  Zapateado choreographies arranged by Maria de la Rosa.

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Come enjoy the music,  dance and culture from Veracruz, Mexico in this Son Jarocho concert! Witness the debut of four new original compositions by DíaPaSon, sones from the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano project and traditional son jarocho repertoire. DíaPaSon’s guest artist from Veracruz, Mexico: Tacho Utrera, and other surprise guests will participate!
This concert is part of a two-week artist residency of the Son Jarocho group DíaPaSon at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. The artists will share a cross-cultural and cross-generational musical experience reflective of Bay Area urban fandango/son experience.
 
This series of events and workshops is commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center Berkeley and La Peña Austin and funded by NPN Creation Fund. 
 
ABOUT DíaPason
DíaPason is a collective of artists who are practitioners of folk music and dance, particularly the son jarocho, in the interest of promoting and preserving these cultural treasures. Gathered by María de la Rosa, these artists are active in the rich sonero community of the Bay Area and have collectively and individually studied the son art form with internationally renowned master artists of son jarocho and recently collaborated with them to create new repertoire. DíaPaSon often enjoys the privilege of having master artists from Mexico perform as guests in its programs. 
 
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
PAZ: Proyecto A Zapatear was a 2011 collaboration between master son jarocho artist Rubí Oseguera Rueda of Veracruz and local artist María de la Rosa of the Bay Area. In 2014, the pair invited additional master artists Patricio Hidalgo Belli and Felix José “Liche” Oseguera Rueda from Veracruz and additional local artists Artemio Posadas, Hector Lugo, Kamakshi (Tania Rodriguez), and Devin Valdez to form an artistic team that produced PAZ: Fandango Urbano. The team collectively created four new sones that are based on the contemporary Bay Area experience; have universal themes; are rooted in the son tradition; and are an invitation to others to add their voices to them over time. Their themes speak to the historical impact of the Gold Rush on the forming of the Bay Area; the expansivecommunity efforts in the fight for food justice, the growing concern for quality care and safe neighborhoods for children and a whimsical look into the altered reality of the American dream through the eyes of recent immigrants to the area.

¡FLACC! 2015

Join us this coming weekend Sept 25-27th, 2015 for ¡FLACC!

at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco!


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I’ll be performing with Piñata Dance Collective (choreographer Liz Boubion) for her new piece “Broken Piñata/Piñata #14”.

The festival includes works by Juan Manuel Aldape, Liz Boubion, Catherine Marie Davalos, Eric Garcia, Zari Le’on, Rogelio Lopez, and David Herrera.

The purpose of this annual showcase is to celebrate our heritage and innovations through multi-media dance performance.  Using our artistry as a vehicle to communicate relevant themes during our exceedingly escalating political and environmental climate, and to share culturally-based nuances with our dance communities, this festival also creates a platform to connect and strengthen our community as Chican@/Latin@ artists.  The artists’ subjects encompass a broad spectrum of abstract to dramatized themes of identity, immigration, deportation, gentrification, personal story, folkloric/modern fusions and re-appropriated traditions. ¡FLACC! 2015 also includes a site-specific street intervention celebrating the urban landscape of MCCLA’s 100 year old building, to invite public audience and visibility for the performing arts in the Mission District of San Francisco

¡FLACC! is committed to giving our greater community of Latino@s more access and exposure to contemporary modern and experimental dance forms by offering sliding scale tickets to the show, a free panel discussion with the artists and placing our work on a stage that specifically houses Latino/a artists. ¡FLACC! is the only annual contemporary dance festival celebrating the Latin@ constituency on the West Coast that is not centered on traditional or folkloric dance forms, (with the exception of one festival in 2009, that featured 3 artists, produced by choreographer, David Herrera, at The Garage. The other featured artists are Dance Monks, Detour Dance and Juan Aldape).

Our decision to create a space along the “cutting-edge” continuum of classical contemporary dance and performance art, gives the choreographers a lot of freedom socially, politically and artistically.  ¡FLACC! also allows us to share our work internationally with each other and to contribute our diverse artistic voices to the dance community locally, in a supported arena. ¡FLACC! 2014 was featured on KPOO FM with FLACC veterans, Natta Haotzima and Diana Lara and reviewed by writer, Heather Desaulniers in Critical Dance. This year, we are cross-promoting our publicity material with ODC, Shawl Anderson Dance Center and with all of our artist’s companies.  Our sustainability depends on our collaborations with each other and we are rapidly creating a recognizable platform for Latin@ artists to meet one another under one roof.

The Beat Fundraiser 2015

On August 29th, 2015, I performed for The Beat dance studio in Berkeley for their annual fundraiser performance!

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I was joined by Sharon Benitez and Tanya Benitez for an all-female trio performance of dances from the Mexican state of Jalisco.

The performance took place at the Malonga Casquelord Center For the Arts in Oakland on Aug 29th at 8pm.

See more information here!

In Time For The Drum

I finally got around to uploading video from my senior project! This solo was commissioned by Tammy Carrasco as part of my senior project for The Ohio State University Department of Dance. The project supported my focus in Performance within the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. It was performed in the OSU Dance Winter Concert: RE: flect⎜peat⎜dact⎜start from February 28th-March 1st, 2014 at BalletMet Performance Space.

Polyphony

In Spring of 2013, I had the opportunity to perform for one of my peers, Rachel Switlick, as she presented the culmination of her research on inter-disciplinary collaboration. For this project, she presented an evening-length show for which she collaborated with a talented group of actors, playwrights, sculptors, visual artists, and musicians. In her 10-minute work, Structure, we danced with an original set which the sculptors themselves moved onstage mid-performance.