For 15 years, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company has proliferated Latin-American culture throughout the country with its touring shows that include live music and performance. We visited them during their show at Harlem Meer Festival, and we talked with their Manager Director and Co-founder Juan Castano about their next events. Find their videos on nyxt.nyc/calpulli.
NYXT: Which were some achievements for Calpulli Mexican Dance Company during 2018?
JUAN: Calpulli presented its first season in the Bronx when it performed "Boda Mexicana" at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. Then the company made its debut at SummerStage when it performed on the amazing stage in its home borough at Queensborough Park. During the summer, Calpulli also returned to Jacob's Pillow, performing "Boda Mexicana."
This year Calpulli received an award from the New England Foundation for the Arts for the creation and touring of "Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo" which will premiere in the spring 2019. The company was also featured in the Fall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
NYXT: Which of Calpulli’s educational activities are currently active?
JUAN: Calpulli continues its community, donation-based programming at Spaceworks in Long Island City in Queens, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey, and the East Elmhurst Community School also in Queens. Community classes and in-school residencies are also coming in the next few months to New Rochelle, Brooklyn, and Queens.
NYXT: What is coming next for Calpulli?
JUAN: Calpulli is premiering "Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas" from Nov 30 to Dec 16, 2018 at the Thalia Spanish Theatre. More info here. We will then premiere "Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo" on April 13-14, 2019 at Queens Theatre. More information here.
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