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Merida Events: Dance, Dance!

This Week… starting September 17, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Festivals and Fiestas!

Yucatan Living Tixmehuac Fiesta: September 19
Tixmehuac YucatanThis fiesta in honor of San Miguel Arcangel . Tixmehuac is a small, agricultural municipality located in the south-central part of Yucatan state, just to the northeast of Tekax and north of Tzucacab. However, Tixmehuac is home to no less than four archaeological zones: Chucub, Kimbilá, Modzil and Nocas, as well as the 18th century church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. This fiesta is a one day religious event, but the municipality is well worth visiting any day.

Yucatan Living Tixcocob Fiesta: September 21 through October 01
This fiesta in honor of honor of Cristo de la Misericordia . Tixcocob is quite near the city of Merida, to the east, between Conkal on the north and Seye on the south. This means Tixcocob has always been a cultural and political center for the Mayans. There are plenty of ruins to see and, because the Mayans were (are) so active there, there are also plenty of Spanish-built churches and chapels. Look for fine hammocks in Tixcocob.

Yucatan Living Ticul Fiesta: September 21 through October 01
Ticul FiestaThis fiesta is in honor of San Román . Ticul is a shopper’s paradise. This is where you want to go for the gorgeous red clay pottery you see throughout Merida. There are also several artisan cooperatives in a variety of other fields here. For example, you can also purchase locally-made jewelry, hats, embroidery, woven material, and shoes in Ticul. Debi in Merida made it out to the fair in Tucul in March and posted a great article about one of the local potters. On your way, don’t forget to stop in Santa Elena and have lunch at the Pickled Onion. You can read Yucatan Living’s interview with Valerie Pickle here .

Yucatan Living Telchac Pueblo Fiesta: September 24 through October 04
This fiesta is in honor of San Francisco de Asís, who happens to be the patron saint of Telchac Pueblo. Telchac Pueblo is not as well known as its beachside neighbor, Telchac Puerto. There are just under 3,000 people living in the entire municipality and about one third of them speak the Maya language. Read all about Telchac Pueblo and The Most Beautiful Flower of Yucatan (2006) here. We continue to assure all of our readers, and especially those north of the border, that “small town America” is alive and well in the State of Yucatan, and towns like Telchac Pueblo are living proof.

Monday (Lunes) September 17, 2012

Yucatan LivingLook for a list of ongoing events here

 

Tuesday (Martes) September 18, 2012

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: South + South
This is a performance by the Tumàka’t Contemporary Dance Company. It is based on the choreographic works of artists based in Yucatan, Argentina and Colombia. This group is part of a larger network of groups in all three countries whose mission it is to support the creation, production and dissemination of choreographic works, the teaching of choreography across borders and promoting artistic exchanges between the nations. Tumàka’t is under the direction of Vania Duran.
Location:Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $60 pesos

Yucatan Living Youth Music: Jovenes, Nuevos Valores (Young People, New Values)
This youth music presentation offers us a free glimpse of Yucatan’s stars of tomorrow. Aren’t you just the least bit curious?
Location:Café Peña K’aay T’aan, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) September 19, 2012

Yucatan Living The Soul of Mexico Folkloric Ballet
The Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico is under the direction of Raquel Alcocer and brings samples of folkloric dances from all over the nation. This is a performance in which the costumes and energy cannot be matched by anything else on the program this week… and its FREE!
Location:Teatro Jose Peón Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: South + South
This is another performance by the Tumàka’t Contemporary Dance Company. It is based on the choreographic works of artists based in Yucatan, Argentina and Colombia. This group is part of a larger network of groups in all three countries whose mission it is to support the creation, production and dissemination of choreographic works, the teaching of choreography across borders and promoting artistic exchanges between the nations. Tumàka’t is under the direction of Vania Duran.
Location:Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $60 pesos

 

Thursday (Jueves) September 20, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event as soon as we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Movie: Alexander The Great
(Greece-Italy-Germany, 1980). Director: Theo Angelopoulos. Starring Antonutti Omero, Eva Kotamanidou and Mihalis Giannatos. This rather obscure film about the life of Alexander the Great features a group of English aristocrats that is kidnapped by a bandit who believes he is the reincarnation of Alexander the Great. The group is led to a village in the mountains, which has been established as a small communal society where disputes soon erupt. The community is run by the tyrannical and tormented Alejandro.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Youth Orchestra in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Daniel Ayala Perez Youth Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
These young professionals, under the direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido, are the best of the best from a series of younger youth orchestras. They are joined by the Youth Ballet of Yucatan, under the direction of Director Karla Numidia Barrera Mane. Their first performance of the season is called “1910” and it sounds as if this will be a wonderful, nostalgic treat for both eyes and ears.
Location:Teatro Jose Peón Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office

Yucatan Living Folkloric Dance: Color Indio
This is a performance by the State Folkloric Ballet, under the direction of Adrian Cerda. These performances become more spectacular with each passing year and are well worth attending.
Location:Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office

Yucatan Living Concert: Coral Lux Aeterna
Lux Aeterna Concert in Merida YucatanThis performance is a presentation of the Association Musical Lux Aeterna. Musical directors include L.A.M. Ever Alfaro García, L.A.M. Leticia Noemí Jiménez Celis and M.M. Loida María Pineda Ku.
Location:Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) September 21, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event as soon as we know them.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Our beloved symphony is led by the equally beloved Juan Carlos Lomonaco and is always the premiere event of the week whenever we have an opportunity to see them. The featured artist for this performance is violinist Jesus Reina. The program includes Emmanuel Chabrier’s Rhapsody for Orchestra and “Spain”, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ‘s Violin Concerto, and Op 35 César Franck’s Symphony in D minor
Location:Teatro Jose Peón Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exposition Colectiva Terminal
This exposition includes photography by Adrian Pacheco, sculpture by Aaron Capetillo, installations by Noemi Echeverria, watercolors by Issaias Ayala and photography by Emilio Suarez.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 x 47
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) September 22, 2012
Jose Adan Perez

Yucatan Living Recital of Voice and Piano September 22, 2012
Baritone Jose Adan Perez is returning to Merida to sing! Many Yucatan Living readers will remember this remarkable young voice from his 2009 role of Figaro in the Barber of Seville, which was presented by the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan. Tonight’s performance, Recuerdos, will present songs of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Cuba. It is brought to us by Opera Yucatan in collaboration with UADY. The pianist for this event is Michiyo Morikawa, who began her own career in Japan at the age of five. She is no stranger to Mexico. Read more about Michiyo Morikawa in her biography. And then be sure to attend this performance, which promises to be fabulous!
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto UADY , Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Daniel Ayala Perez Youth Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
These young professionals, under the direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido, are the best of the best from a series of younger youth orchestras. They are joined by the Youth Ballet of Yucatan, under the direction of Director. Karla Numidia Barrera Mane. Their first performance of the season is called “1910” and it sounds as if this will be a wonderful, nostalgic treat for both eyes and ears.
Location:Teatro Jose Peón Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets on sale at the box office

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Sunday (Domingo) September 23, 2012

Yucatan Living Video Documentary: The Amazing Earth, the Catastrophic Past
This documentary covers everything from meteorites to volcanoes and the shifting of the continents. Neat!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo.
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra

Yucatan Living Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
Our beloved symphony is led by the equally beloved Juan Carlos Lomonaco and is always the premiere event of the week whenever we have an opportunity to see them. The featured artist for this performance is violinist Jesus Reina. The program includes Emmanuel Chabrier’s Rhapsody for Orchestra and “Spain”, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ‘s Violin Concerto, and Op 35 César Franck’s Symphony in D minor
Location:Teatro Jose Peón Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Classical Ballet: Dionaea
Contemporary Dance in Yucatan This ballet was written by Gustavo Herrera. It is performed by Ballet Yucatan, under the direction of Alma Rosa Cota Gamez and Hecor Hernandez Sosa, with participation by the students from the State Art Center, and featuring special guest dancer Juan Chaplain. Fundamentally, this is the story of a carnivorous plant that devours three insects, but it is presented as a very sensual dance where the audience experiences the struggle for survival. There are quite a few pas de deux in this performance that combine to make it a must-see event.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Sunday
Admission: $100 pesos

Yucatan Living Movie: Alexander The Great
(Greece-Italy-Germany, 1980). Director: Theo Angelopoulos. Starring Antonutti Omero, Eva Kotamanidou and Mihalis Giannatos. This rather obscure film about the life of Alexander the Great features a group of English aristocrats that is kidnapped by a bandit who believes he is the reincarnation of Alexander the Great. The group is led to a village in the mountains, which has been established as a small communal society where disputes soon erupt. The community is run by the tyrannical and tormented Alejandro.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) September 24, 2012

Yucatan LivingLook for a list of ongoing events here

 

Coming Soon
Customs from Yucatan

Yucatan Living Dance: Life in the Mayab, Customs of My Country – Sept. 25 & 26
This is a performance by the Kaambal Folkloric Dance Company, under the direction of Abraham Espinosa. Please come and watch as they use sound and movement to express the subtle nuances that set the culture of the Maya apart from all others in Mexico, as well as what makes them part of the fabric of the nation as a whole.
Location:Teatro Jose Peón Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday and Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Music/Dance: Noche Mexicana September 26
This is a performance by the students and teachers of ArtePlus Academy of Music and Dance. It also includes a performance by the Salvador Alvarado Southern Folklore Group, under the direction of Miriam Rodriguez.
Location:Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Contemporary Dance: Mythologies – Sept. 27
This is a performance by the Ballet Danseurs, under the direction of Montserrat Castellanos. Even if you don’t think you will like contemporary dance, you have got to come and see this one. It is astonishingly beautiful!
Location:Teatro Jose Peón Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission:$60 pesos at the box office

Yucatan Living The Chamber Orchestra of the City of Merida – September 27
This relatively small orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Jose Luis Chan Sabido, has the power to make your heart soar. It consists of eight violins, two violas, three cellos, and a bass that, taken together, can touch your soul. Never miss an opportunity to hear them play.
Location:Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Alejandro SanzTuesday, October 16, 2012
Another great popular singer, this time from Spain, comes to Merida this fall! The title of this tour is “La Musica No Se Toca” (The Music Is Not Played). Alejandro Sanz has won fifteen Latin Grammy awards, including three times for Best Album, more than any other Latin artist. He has also won three Grammy awards, and was the first Spanish artist to record an MTV Unplugged album. He is known for his flamenco-influenced ballads, but also experiments with other genres. Definitely worth seeing!! Here’s a song to whet your appetite…
Location: Estadio Kukulcan, Circuito Oriente
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at Hotel Conquistador and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $2,850, VIP: $1,900, Lower seats (orchestra level): $750, General: $400.

Yucatan Living Feria Yucatan at Xmatkuil – November 9 through December 2
This is Yucatan’s State Fair. The dolphins will be back, along with livestock shows and plenty of concerts. More specific information will be available as we get closer to time for the fair. This is one of the biggest events of the year, so tourists would do well to plan a trip during the fair.
Location: at the Xmatkuil Fairgrounds , Calle 50 south of the city.
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Admission: Entrance: $15 pesos per person, Parking: $30 pesosBenefit Concert at Hacienda Ochil in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert + Intervention: Philip Glass + James Turrell – November 14, 2012
All funds will be donated to a foundation dedicated to preserve the Maya culture. After the concert, there will be a cocktail for all attendees.
Location: Amphitheater of Hacienda Ochil
Time: TBA
Admission: $4,000 pesos

Yucatan Living Third Jose Jacinto Cuevas National and International Piano CompetitionNovember 24 to December 1, 2012
Contestants in this competition are all world class pianists. Never miss even one of these performances! We even recommend the practice sessions! Be sure to be there on November 30, where you will be able to watch the three best of the best pianists compete for this award, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan.
Location: Yet to be announced
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced

 

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