For the first time, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez will present the show Navidades en Mexico (Christmas in Mexico) at Castillo de Chapultepec esplanade from December 16th to 20th 2009, where syncretism between Catholic and Indigenous traditions will be represented.

120 dancers will present colorful dances performed in Guerrero, Michoacan, Jalisco and Tlaxcala as part of Christmas traditions.

Salvador Lopez, director of the ballet, commented that mariachis and choruses will accompany presentations that include the performance of 40 children from the Ballet Folklorico School and a crib that includes living animals.

This project was conceived by the late Amalia Hernandez and concreted by her daughter, Norma Lopez Hernandez, with the support of other choreographers. “We conducted research in different Mexican states regarding traditional dances for Christmas, including wardrobe and different devil’s representations. This was incorporated to the staging that reflects the cultural syncretism of Mexico”.  

Salvador Rueda Smither, director of the National Museum of History “Castillo de Chapultepec” mentioned that the dance makes a modern interpretation of old texts that revives the Advent Novena parting from its Colonial and 19th century origins. “This way, we can recover different identities that integrate the Mexican culture”.

“We believe this project can result in a tour through several open theaters in Mexico; our intentions is to convert it in a Christmas classic that is presented every year”, declared the company’s director”.

Admission to the show in 600 MXP; children under 12, senior citizens and employees of the Anthropology and History, and Fine Arts national institutes, as well as CONACULTA will pay half the price. Presentations will take place from December 16th to 20th at 20:00 hours, at the Castillo de Chapultepec esplanade.