November 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm
June Swaner Gates Concert Hall
Kick off the holiday season with a feast for the senses! In this performance, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, ArtistiCO, and Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra take the audience on a tour of Christmas celebrations throughout the country of Mexico. The dances performed will feature original choreography based on traditional dances from the Mexican and Spanish dance masters. The performances represent the many dance traditions that are now a part of the rich cultural roots of Colorado.
The colorful Mexican dances performed by the Fiesta Colorado Dance Company are directed by Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, while the ArtistiCO performances are directed by Jose Rosales and Alfonso Meraza. The extravaganza is accompanied by the lively music of Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra, under the direction of Juventino Romero.
About the Artists:
Fiesta Colorado Dance Company is the premier and most recognized Hispanic dance company in Colorado. Originally formed in 1972, the company is directed by Denver native Jeanette Trujillo-Lucero, receiving the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1997 and 2006 for its service to the community and its preservation of the Hispanic arts. Trujillo-Lucero received the Living Legend of Dance in Colorado award by the University of Denver Dance Archive Library, in addition to such accolades as the Latina Trailblazer Awardfrom the Latina’s First Foundation and the Luminaria Recognition Award from the Latino Leadership Institute throughout her career as a performer and educator.
Fiesta Colorado: Facebook
Founded by Jose Rosales and Alfonso Meraza, ArtistiCO was created as a bridge to connect professional artists in the community through dance. Both Rosales and Meraza are former principal soloists of the internationally renowned Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez and have participated in hundreds of performances including international dance festivals, collaborations with the most prestigious orchestras and mariachi in Mexico, along with stints in the legendary Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Most recently, Jose received the 2021 EY Next Wave Leadership Award from CBCA. The ArtistiCO Dance Academy is based in Denver and works with students of all ages.
Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra was formed in 1999 to show people something fresh and different in mariachi throughout the state of Colorado. With the expert leadership and musicianship of founder Juventino Romero, they have accompanied many artists from Mexico, while representing Mexican culture through collaborations with the National Western Rodeo, the Mexican Culture Center and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra offers their love and passion for music for all people to enjoy.
Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra: Facebook