|Bridgétt Rangel-Rexford in the Mondavi Center lobby at Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández|
On November 13 I saw Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández the first event in the Mondavi Center’s World Stage Series for the year. Let me tell you, it wasn’t just a regular old event. It was a party! Because there was hardly ever more than a minute between sets, the audience was sucked into the show without even the opportunity for our minds to wander. With dances from different regions of Mexico and musicos playing traditional Mexican tunes, I was energized throughout the performance. It was a colorful spectacle that showed the beauty of the Mexican culture that tends to be, unfortunately, overlooked in America. At one point I mused over the idea of “releasing” the dancers from the Mondavi Center into the streets so they could be evidence of what Mexican culture has to offer.
Thankfully though, the performance was far more sweet than bittersweet. Hearing the sounds of the “cantadores” sing “Guadalajara” all polished in a row was just breath taking—literally. It wasn’t until the end of the night that I realized I had been periodically holding my breath throughout the show. I guess I didn’t want anything to distract me from each sweet and proudly sung note! What I also really loved was when a group larger than 10 dancers would make thunderous sounds with their scrapes and kicks. As cliché as it sounds, when I reflected on the show, what left me in wonder was the fact that a large group of performers worked together to make sounds and movements more powerful that a single performer could ever do. It reminded me that doing things by yourself can turn out well, but if you can successfully get a whole group of people together to complete a project it can turn out even stronger.
The Mondavi Center’s World Stage Series showcases the best in music from around the globe. The next World Stage event is KODO’s One Earth Tour: Legend on February 7. It will be an evening filled with Japanese folk art and reverberating taiko drums. Visit mondaviarts.org for details.
Bridgétt Rangel-Rexford is the 2012–13 winner of the Mondavi Center Golden Ticket Social Media Contest. Chosen to be the social media storyteller for our 10th anniversary season, Bridgétt will blog about her experiences at Mondavi Center performances throughout the season. You can also check out her Sun Queen Blog.