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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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A Question of Technique

A Question of Technique

Carlos Mérida and a Mexican School of Dance

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A Revolution in Movement

K. Mitchell Snow

University Press of Florida

Mexico’s lack of dance infrastructure was evident to its political leadership. As a new administration shifted the focus of Vasconcelos’ educational program from Mexico’s classical European heritage to that of its working urban and rural peoples, the Secretaría de Educación Pública’s educators sought to employ a still ill-defined Mexican dance as one of its tools to educate the public. Despite a failed first attempt centered on the classical ballet and the financial challenges of the international financial depression, the SEP persisted in its efforts. Abstract painter Carlos Mérida, whose modernism sought to capture the spirit of pre-conquest indigenous art forms, turned the programming of what would become the National School of Dance toward the remnants of “pure” indigenous dance.

Keywords:   Carlos Mérida, modernism, indigenous art, National School of Dance, Mexico, dance infrastructure, classical ballet, Mexican dance

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