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Mexico Beyond Mariachi was formed 15 years ago to help communities go beyond stereotypes to learn about traditional Mexican performance styles. Company founders realized that while Mexican influences abound throughout the United States, most Americans don’t know much about the stories, legends and myths woven into their neighbor country’s cultural fabric.
Using live music, dance and storytelling, Mexico Beyond Mariachi artists immerse audiences in the magical realism that permeates Mexican culture.
“Equal parts artistic and educational, Mexico Beyond Mariachi re-defines the interactive entertaining experience, engaging and captivating audiences of all ages,” wrote Gayle Schmidt, director of public education for New York Botanical Garden. “Each member brings a unique and personal aspect to the stage, creating cohesive, well-balanced and engaging performances.”
The company’s school performance and arts-in-education program has reached more than 100,000 students in 250-plus school and community venues in the eastern United States. “Sugar Skull!,” the troupe’s second full-scale touring production, debuted last year.
“The Mexico Beyond Mariachi program appeals to the non-Latino community as an introduction to a culture that, like the country of Mexico, is just beyond the horizon of mainstream American culture,” wrote Timothy G. Hart of the Ocean County, N.J., Cultural and Heritage Commission. “Using a judicious mix of Spanish and English, the program creates cross-cultural impact.”
Kids Connections, which is free for ticket holders and includes a craft-centered, child-friendly activity, takes place one hour before the performance. Due to space and time restrictions, Kids Connections participation is limited.
McQuaide Blasko Endowment provides support for the presentation at Penn State.
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