Humanities Institute Speaker & Film: Olga Najera-Ramirez "Mexican Folklorico Dance: Documenting an Emergent Genre"

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Scripps - Boone Recital Hall
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Scripps - Humanities Institute
Scripps Humanities Institute

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
8:00 p.m.
Boone Recital Hall, Scripps College Performing Arts Center

“Mexican Folklórico Dance: Documenting an Emergent Genre”

includes screening of  “Danza Folklórica Escénica: El Sello Artístico de Rafael Zamarripa” (Mexican Folkloric Dance: Rafael Zamarripa’s Artistic Trademark)
50 min, USA, 2010

Olga Nájera-Ramírez
Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Santa Cruz
MEXICAN FOLKLORIC DANCE tells the story of the vibrant art form through the life and work of the internationally acclaimed artist and choreographer, Rafael Zamarripa.  A former member of the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico, Zamarripa is an innovator who has kept the art form alive among young people, founding and inspiring dance companies in Mexico and the US. Mexican folkloric dance is a stylized, choreographed art form designed to display the cultural diversity of Mexico with energy, heart, and intricate technique.  Rooted in the post-revolutionary period, folkloric dance blossomed in the 1960s and has become a thriving phenomenon in Mexico and the United States, and is performed all over the world.  This documentary traces its development through the experiences and artistic productions of Rafael Zamarripa and the dancers he has influenced.
Olga Nájera-Ramírez is Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz. Specializing in folklore, she has concentrated on documenting and critically examining expressive culture among Mexicans in both Mexico and the United States. She wrote, directed and produced two bilingual documentaries: La Charreada: Rodeo a la Mexicana, and Danza Folklórica Escénica.

Scripps College Humanities Institute Fall 2011 series: "Performing the Body Politic: Transgressions, Interventions, and Expressive Culture"

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