"A PATH TO THE YAXCHÉ"
BY ALEBRIJES FOLKLORIC BALLET AND ORÍGENES CONTEMPORARY DANCE GROUP
For this edition of the Festival, Alebrijes Folkloric Ballet directed by Johana Zamorano joins the Orígenes Contemporary Ballet by Ernesto Ramos to present a magical production “A Path to the Yaxché”. Death is that eternal dream where we find magical beings such as Ah Puch, Aluxes and the Ixtab, beings our grandparents used to tell us about in stories and legends that narrated their actions and how they helped souls. In this "path to the Yaxché”, full of happiness and joy, there is no room for sadness and we celebrate death and hold a grand party to welcome the new arrivals.
30MIN - OCT 30 & 31ST - 20:30-21:00 & NOV 1ST & 2 - 20:00-20:30 - OPEN BALL GAME COURT.
Contenporary Dance and Acrobatics
"FOREST OF KINGS"
BY NEW YORK´S DZUL DANCE COMPANY
DIRECTED BY JAVIER DZUL
“Forest of Kings” is a show based on the life experiences of Javier Dzul as he grew up in the Mayan jungle of the south of Mexico. A show presented by the Dzul Dance Company from New York that brilliantly narrates, through aerial contemporary dance and acrobatics, the rites of transformation and the connection with nature that a young man must undergo in order to reach a high level in Mayan hierarchy.
75MIN - OCT 30, 31ST 19:15-20:30, OCT 30 21:00-22:15, OCT 31ST 21:30-22:45, NOV 1ST & 2 19:30-20:45, NOV 1ST 21:15-22:30 & NOV 2 21:30-22:45 LA ISLA.
"JAGUAR CLAW: SWIPE OF FIRE (YUKNOOM YICH' AAK K'AHK)"
BY GRUPO XIPETOTEK
“Jaguar Claw: Swipe of Fire”, is a stage presentation by Grupo Xipetotek where they present the life of “Swipe of Fire”, also known in the archaeological world as “Jaguar Claw”, where the audience will journey through mythical and earthly lands to offer a ritual dance tribute to the gods.
45MIN - OCT 30 & 31ST & NOV 1ST & 2 - 16:30-17:15 21:00-21:45 - MAYAN VILLAGE.
"A CELEBRATION UNDER THE YAXCHÉ"
BY THE RIVIERA MAYA CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE´S FOLKLORIC DANCE COMPANY DIRECTED BY NORBERTO VALENZUELA
“A Celebration under the Yaxché”, is a production directed by Norberto Valenzuela and performed by the Riviera Maya Folkloric Dance Company made up of more than 30 children and young people. With dances and songs from the Yucatan Peninsula, we are told about the Mayan view of the universe, about the three horizontal strata; the underworld, the earth and heaven (where divine beings live, sacred forces rule and mystical and real happenings take place) and their relationship with the Yaxché, the tree of life that represents the close relationship Mayan people had with life and death.
60MIN - OCT 30 & 31ST 18:00-19:00 LA ISLA, OCT 30 20:30-21:00 ESPLANADE, OCT 31ST 21:00-22:00 ESPLANADE, NOV 1ST 18:15-19:15 LA ISLA & 21:10-22:10 ESPLANADE & NOV 2 18:15-19:15 LA ISLA & 20:25-21:25 ESPLANADE.
Tradiotional and Popular Songs
"BETWEEN HEAVEN AND THE MAYAN LAND"
KANTUNILKÍN FOLKLORIC GROUP
Mayan culture is reflected in its rituals and offerings to their different gods to give thanks for the gifts of Mother Earth. Thus, the Maya had a view of death as a circumstance of life, and life as much as death is created by sacred forces or deities that live mainly in heaven or in the underworld. Those traditions and beliefs are still alive many years after the conquest of this land by the Spaniards and remain as part of their sacred- profane festivities when they celebrate their patron saint festivities.
50MIN - NOV 1ST & 2 - 18:00-18:50 - MAIN PLAZA.
Dance and Music Fusion
“KANTUNILKÍN, TRADITIONS OF MY PEOPLE”
BY MUSICAL GROUP “AIRI” AND JARANERO GROUP “TUMBEN-LOOL”
FROM KANTUNILKÍN CULTURAL CENTER
“Kantunilkín, Traditions of my People” is a dance and music fusion presented by “Airi” group directed by Marco Antonio Iuit Chan sharing the stage with group “Tumben-lool” (new born flower) directed by Juan Carlos Cocom Aban. This show presents different styles of jarana footwork including the traditional celebration dances where the jaraneros show off their dance prowess with objects that make movement difficult such as bottles or platters on their head or dancing on top of a tiny cube platform called almud. The whole idea is to keep their balance from the waist down.
45MIN - NOV 1ST & 2 - 19:30-20:15 - MAIN PLAZA.
"SPENDING TIME WITH MY SOULS"
BY CARRILLO PUERTO CULTURAL CENTER BALLET
The folkloric ballet of the Carrillo Puerto Cultural Center presents to us their version of the creation of the Earth according to the Popol Vuh through a series of dances representing the creation of animals and the man of corn; the knowledge man achieved with the passing of time, his union with the earth and the practice of science after the creation of zero. They also share with the audience the most important celebration held in the peninsula, a tradition that has been kept alive and is experienced under the anonymity of masks: the Yucatan carnival.
45MIN - NOV 1ST - 19:00-19:45 & NOV 2 - 18:00-18:45 ESPLANADE.
"BETWEEN THE FUNEREAL AND THE FESTIVE"
BY BALLET CHAN SANTA CRUZ BÁALAM NAH DE CARRILLO PTO
DIR. DANIEL MAY
Through time, the traditions of Quintana Roo and the Mayan region have undergone certain changes due to the cultural influence of the neighboring states: Campeche and Yucatan. In this presentation, the audience will witness a recreation of a pre-Hispanic burial and a mixed-race burial through a ritual dance. In the funereal traditions, how the dearly departed are prepared after death and the protocol followed in their burial is truly important, while on the festive side, dances that have been integrated to our traditions (Jaranas, danzones, etc.) have gained great importance.
60MIN - NOV 1ST & 2 - 18:00-19:00 - HACIENDA BALLROOM.
"JOURNEY OF THE SOUL TO THE OTHER WORLD"
BY BALLET JUVENIL DE CHUNHUHUB
JOSÉ MARÍA MORELOS
When a mortal dies he is welcomed by the spirits of the Xibalbá, the Mayan underworld, where he is helped to assimilate that he no longer belongs to the world of the living. The gods prepare a traditional feast for their new inhabitant which helps him on this “Journey of the Soul to the other World”.
50MIN - OCT 30 - 17:00-17:50 LA ISLA & 19:30-20:20 ESPLANADE & OCT 31ST - 17:00-17:50 LA ISLA & 18:45-19:15 ESPLANADE.
"FACES OF QUINTANA ROO"
BY NUESTRAS RAÍCES YOUNG PEOPLE´S BALLET FROM JOSÉ MARÍA MORELOS
On this special occasion, the ballet from José Ma. Morelos presents this unique feast held in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception; the planting of the Yaxché tree, the bullfight, the traditional dances and rituals, the hog head dance and the processions that embellish this celebration the people from the region all attend. Families stick together and, as it is believed that a family member that has passed away will visit to say farewell to friends, parents or girlfriends, it will all take place in an ambiance of celebration typical of the region.
45MIN - OCT 30 & 31ST - 17:45-18:30 OPEN THEATER & 20:25-21:05 HACIENDA BALLROOM.
"DANCES FROM THE YUCATAN PENINSULA"
By Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México Aztlán (Mexico’s National Folkloric Ballet), Directed by Silvia Lozano
Dances from the Yucatan Peninsula is a multicolor performance by Mexico’s National Folkloric Ballet (Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México Aztlán) directed by Silvia Lozano, where the Hanal Pixán (Day of the Dead) celebrations in the States of Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo are depicted. During the presentation we will see a display of festivities and traditions such as the one from the community of Pomuch in the State of Campeche and different dances from the region.
From the Peninsula we move on to the Afro Mexican communities found in the Guerrero and Oaxaca Costa Chica region, closing with the “Dance of the Devils” which takes place when they come out to play, escorted by their leader “Tenengo or Pancho” and his lady companion “La Minga”.
30MIN - OCT 30 & 31ST 16:30-17:00 AND NOV 1 & 2 21:30-22:00 OPEN THEATER.