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A Revolution in MovementDancers, Painters, and the Image of Modern Mexico$
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K. Mitchell Snow

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066554

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066554.001.0001

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Dancing a Sandunga in English

Dancing a Sandunga in English

Carlos Chávez and Diego Rivera in the United States

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A Revolution in Movement

K. Mitchell Snow

University Press of Florida

Carlos Chávez was determined to make a name for himself through his dance compositions, trading on the Indian conception of Mexico that permeated potential audiences beyond its borders. He parlayed the international attention his music received into a series of highly influential posts within Mexico’s cultural bureaucracy which gave him, at first, indirect influence and, eventually, full creative control over its state-sponsored theatrical dance. Failing in his efforts to see his ballets produced in his homeland or by the Ballets Russes, he traveled to the U.S., where he finally saw his third ballet, H.P., staged with designs by Diego Rivera. One Mexican critic who had traveled to the U.S for the ballet’s only performance complained about the anglicization of the work’s Mexican dance sources. Nonetheless, it demonstrated that the idea of a Mexican ballet was a viable one.

Keywords:   Carlos Chávez, H.P, Diego Rivera, ballet, Mexican, Cultural bureaucracy, Ballets Russes

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