Quetzalli residency to share creativity, culture

imageQuetzalli: Ballet Folklorico de Veracruz will meet with business and theatre students, provide a lecture/demonstration of their work and present a special program for migrant workers during their late-October residency through SUNY Oswego.

The most high-profile event will be a performance featuring the dancing, music and culture of Mexico at SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. But Mary Avrakotos, who coordinates the Artswego Performing Arts Series, said the troupe’s residency will provide diverse lessons to students and community members.

“We try to bring in artists who can share their culture or expertise with the community,” Avrakotos said. “With Quetzalli, people can learn about the culture of Veracruz, pointers about the creative process or what it’s like to be a professional dancer. There are so many things the troupe can contribute off the stage, as well as on it.”

One such opportunity will come through an hour-long lecture/ demonstration at 12:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in Waterman Theatre. Students from Oswego’s “Gateway to Business” program and an “Introduction to Theatre” class will attend to see selections and learn about Veracruz culture. Other SUNY Oswego students may see the session free, and interested members of the public can attend for $5. To make reservations, call 312-4581 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Weather permitting, the troupe may precede the demonstration and discussion with a noon performance/preview in Oswego’s academic quad.

At 3 p.m. Oct. 22, Quetzalli will perform some brief works and discuss the music and culture of Mexico through an admission-free informance in Room 41 of Tyler Hall. The public is invited.

The company will lead a master class for intermediate to advanced dance students from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Lee Hall dance studio on campus. The session is particularly for those who want to learn a variety of Mexican folk dances, Avrakotos said, and is limited to 40 participants. Attendance is free for SUNY Oswego students, $15 for others. Advanced registration is requested for the master class by calling Avrakotos at 312-4581 or e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In cooperation with Arts and Culture for Oswego County, Quetzalli will present a special program for migrant workers at the BOCES Migrant Education office at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. Avrakotos said the program is designed to offer Mexican migrant workers and their families an opportunity to interact with the members of the dance company.

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.

Tickets for the full-length Waterman Theatre performance on Oct. 23 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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(Posted: Oct 06, 2004)