Sones de Mexico: Aztec Dance Workshop
Mano a Mano was proud to collaborate with Lincoln Center out of Doors and the Caribbean Cultural Center in presenting Sones de México Ensemble, Chicago's premier Mexican folk music and cultural ensemble, teaching a workshop on La Danza del Sol (The Dance of the Sun), hosted by New York dancer and percussionist Alda Reuter. The dance, performed in the conchero tradition, serves to realign the human spirit with the forces of Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. A huehuetl drum is placed in the center to represent the Sun and the dance takes place in orbiting circles around it. Other instruments included ayoyotes (ankle shakers), ayacaxtli (hand shakers), conchas (mandolins) and teponaztli (slit drum). The dancers wore special vestments, including the copilli (feathered head piece).
Sones de Mexico is formed by multi-instrumentalists Víctor Pichardo (music director), Juan Díes, Renato Cerón, Joel Martínez, Lorena Iñiguez, and Juan Rivera. To find out more about the group and their available recordings visit www.sonesdemexico.com.
Alda Reuter is a dancer and percussionist who comes from a family of Mexican artists. Her dance career includes the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Modern, Flamenco and Mexican Folkloric Dance. She is co-founder of Ballet Fiesta Mexicana and Fiesta Flamenca and collaborates with Retumba, an all female music and dance ensemble. Alda has brought an appreciation of Mexico through dance and music to thousands of students in the tri-state area through Young Audiences, Arts Connection, Community Works among others organizations.