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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 beyond the Cactus Curtain

Dancing beyond the Cactus Curtain

Mexican Theatrical Dance Comes of Age

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A Revolution in Movement

K. Mitchell Snow

University Press of Florida

As the dance artists that the Mexican government created through its schools and companies matured, they carried its dances across international borders. The tensions between nationalist esthetics and more formal approaches to creating art were increasingly visible in Mexican painting, yet its fractious dancers proved established a unified front when it came to performing outside of Mexico. The resulting encounters with the official performing arts policies of the Soviet Union and China shifted their perspectives on issues of esthetics and technique. Their government’s concurrent discovery that the folk dances its modern dancers performed overseas provided positive press changed its perspective as well. Amalia Hernández and her independent BalletFolklórico would garner the direct support of Mexico’s president and her success in providing potent stagings of national identity for audiences inside and outside her homeland marked the moment when Mexico’s dancers became the equals of its celebrated painters.

Keywords:   Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico, national esthetics, Mexican painting, folk dances, modern dancers

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