Mexico (expropriated)
by University of Texas Theatre & Dance

Apr. 02 - Apr. 05, 2020

Latinx Theatre Initiative at UT Austin presents: México (expropriated) by Jessica L. Peña Torres and the Ensemble. With music by James Parker.

Heavy zapateado, burlesque dancing, and a mix of mariachi, son jarocho, polkas and electronic music work together to create the space for “México (expropriated),” a bi-lingual cabaret performance that surveys the diverse regions of México through a discussion of its most revered danzas folklóricas. With songs such as “Son de la Negra,” "La Bruja," and “El Circo,” Jessica Peña Torres explores the folkloric diaspora of Mexico while inviting the audience to reflect upon a heritage that has been as appropriated as Carolina Herrera’s latest collection. Under the musical direction of James Parker, Peña Torres the ensemble will unearth long-believed traditions of ballet folklórico and put them under the microscope for the audience to cast judgement: should we keep these dances in the repertoire or should we re-choreograph them to reflect their colonial histories?

With designs by: Kyle Cordova, Michael Bruner, Ashleigh Bullard, Sara García, Anna Joaquín, and Khristián Mendez Aguirre.
Stage Management: Aly Redland.

Photos by Juan Leyva.

Special thanks to UT Department of Theatre and Dance, Performance as Public Practice Program, Events CoSponsorship Board, Latino Studies at UT, City of Austin Community Grants Initiative.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Mexico (expropriated)
by Jessica L. Peña Torres and ensemble
University of Texas Theatre & Dance

April 02 - April 05, 2020
Winship Drama Building (WIN), University of Texas
300 East 23rd Street
Austin, TX, 78712

Dates: April 2, 3, 4 , 2020 @ 8 pm
April 5th @2 pm & 5 pm
Location: F. Loren Winship Drama Building Room 2.180
(300 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712)
Featuring: Erica Saucedo, Marina DeYoe Pedraza, Jesus Valles, Venese Alcantar, David Cruz.