APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters)
New York Hilton Midtown
January 9th – 13th
APAP is the conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Held each January in New York City, the conference is the world's largest networking forum and marketplace for performing arts professionals. This year, a Mexican delegation joined over 3,600 presenters, artists, managers, agents and emerging arts leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries who convened in the city for five days of professional development, business deals and exciting performances.
"Unidos" by Anabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre
Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
March 27th and March 28th
Established in 1976 by its eponymous, Mexican-born dancer/choreographer, Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater produces dance compositions filtered through a blend of contrasting and subtly cohering styles. For their Spring Series, AGDT presented "Unidos", which included three world premieres: "Traveling" by Annabella Gonzalez to music by NYC composer Stefania de Kenessey, "Darkness" by Company member Heather Panikkar with live music by the 4-band ensemble of James Rogers & Musicians and "Kissa me" by guest Maxine Steinman set to music by Ray Anthony.
The Comfort of Numbers 2.0 by Paulina Barros
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural
March 23rd - 24th
The Comfort of Numbers, a play by Mexican playwright Paulina Barros, spoke about personal relationships. It centered around two physicists who are struggling with the concept of time, as it played with perception and proportion. On this occasion, The Comfort of Numbers was presented as a Mabou Mines project, following Paulina's period as a resident artist.
Pixom, by Dzul Dance
Gerald W. Lynch Theatre
For their presentation at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Dzul Dance fused dance with aerial arts, contortion and acrobatics, as a means to communicate indigenous pre-Hispanic, Mexican and Latin culture and create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage. By transforming bodies into earthbound and airborne forces of nature, Dzul broke physical and cultural boundaries. This daring and unique company connects the ancient and the modern in order to illuminate the vast array of drama and beauty inherent to the natural world and the human condition.
The Duchamp Syndrome
The Flea Theater
May 3rd - June 7th
A collaboration with PlayCo and Por Piedad Teatro, The Duchamp Syndrome was written by Antonio Vega, directed by Ana Graham and Antonio Vega and performed by Antonio Vega and Omen Sade. The Duchamp Syndrome tells the story of Juan, a Mexican immigrant in The Big Apple, who dreams of stand-up comedy stardom. Juan creates a world of his own in pursuit of the American dream, made up of fellow travelers, human and not, who help him practice his routines. The play was as a comical love letter to New York, with guest appearances from a large cast of repurposed objects.
New York Mariachi Festival: Viva el 5 de mayo!
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
The Mariachi Academy of New York presented: Viva el 5 de mayo!, featuring: José Hernández's Mariachi Sol de México, Ramón Ponce's Mariachi Real de México and baritone José Adán Pérez. With Ballet Folklorico Yavidaxiuh, The Mariachi Academy of New York and the Mariachi Academy of Connecticut.
The Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente
December 4th and 5th
The Clemente welcomed one of Mexico's leading contemporary dance companies, Contempodanza, for a two-day residency in The Flamboyan Theater. The internationally acclaimed company presented two original works, choreographed by company founder Cecilia Lugo, titled "Arkanum" and "In the Skin of My Memory." This project was supported by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts.