Mexican folk ballet company to perform

Quetzalli: Ballet Folklorico de Veracruz will bring the dancing, music and culture of Mexico to Waterman Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.

The event is part of the Artswego Performing Arts Series’ effort to present a diverse season that includes artists that do not normally have an opportunity to perform in the community, Artswego Coordinator Mary Avrakotos said. The performance is presented in cooperation with the Ontario Center for the Performing Arts, also known as the Oswego Music Hall.

“This is a high-energy show that is both supremely entertaining and educational,” Avrakotos said. “Anyone who has seen their show has been amazed by the wonderful blend of music, dance and folklore that permeates their production.”

In describing the troupe’s “heady rush of tapping heels, dazzling costumes and insistent rhythms,” the Kansas City Star observed “every heritage should be so lovingly and beautifully preserved.” The Albuquerque Journal called Quetzalli a “company with heart and skill” with a stage show offering enough “color and festivity . . . to leave the audience clamoring for more.”

The group formed in 1985 to preserve and present the traditions of Veracruz, Mexico. Currently under the direction of veteran dancer Hugo Betancourt, the troupe has impressed audiences throughout the Western Hemisphere and as far as away as Europe and Indonesia, Avrakotos said.

The Office of International Education and Programs helps sponsor the troupe’s appearance at SUNY Oswego.

This engagement of Ballet Folklorico de Veracruz is a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Tour funded by the Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

Avrakotos said tickets have been selling quickly, and she strongly encouraged making reservations early.

Tickets for the performance cost $15, $12 for seniors and students, and $7 for SUNY Oswego students. For tickets or reservations, contact Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

(Posted: Sep 30, 2004)