The University of Texas-Pan American Ballet Folklórico will begin its annual concert series ALEGRIA 2006-2007 Dec. 2, 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert series will continue Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 3-4, 2 p.m.; Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10-11, 2 p.m.
The company of 24 dancers will create a spectacular collaboration of color, drama and excitement with live musical accompaniment provided by Mariachi México Lindo.
In addition, "La Revolución," a popular choreography based on the Mexican Revolution will showcase the "Adelita" and "Juana Gallo," the powerful and influential heroines of the revolution of 1910.
"Calabaceados," a choreography showcasing lively and energetic movements which characterize the vaquero (cowboy) dances of the state of Baja California, will also be presented. The dance, "Calabaceados," is a manifestation of the broncos' (wild horses) turns and kicks as they set off dust storms in playful amusement. The popular norteño music of the area yields additional vivacity to this exhilarating dance suite.
As the Ballet performs "España Clásica-Aragonesa" and "La Boda de Luis Alonzo,"' the traditional dances of the 16th century and the refined dances of the modern era capture the elegance of classical ballet blended with the richness of folk dance creating a unique form of classical Spanish dance.
Members of the 2006-2007 UTPA Ballet Folklórico are César Berlanga, César Galván, Raúl Galván, José Juan García, Juan Antonio García, Daisy Garza, John Eric González, Jenna Guzmán, José Martín Hinojosa, María Aurelia Leal, Juan Carlos López, Aimeé Maganda, Mónica Martínez, Cassandra Sonia Mendoza, Romeo Montemayor, Amabely Peña, Miguel Ángel Peña, Rebekah Quintero, Blas Rodríguez, Cristóbal Rojas, Priscilla Sáenz, Norma Silva, Ángela Treviño, and Karla Uvalle.
For the Dec. 2 concert, ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for children (5-12 years old) and UTPA students, faculty and staff at the door.
For additional information, contact the Dance Program Office at 956/381-2230.