¡Danzón cómico! Part II
By Leonardo Rosen
If you read my article in the November 22 edition of Atención, you know that the Club de Danzón was presenting a choreography in the Muestra Nacional del Danzón de Querétaro 2013 on November 16. However, this was different from every other choreography in the program. With all the other groups striving for elegance, we broke the mold and went for laughs. We did it with a danzón called “La Ley Seca,” (“The Dry Law,” otherwise known as “Prohibition”).
Danzón with el Club de Danzón Mercerina
Sun, Dec 1, 1-3 & 5-7pm
We danced like Charlie Chaplin and we danced the Charleston. Then, we showed the elegance that the danzón is famous for. After that, we went crazy! The men slipped away from the women and went to a “speakeasy,” where they proceeded to “get drunk” and act stupid onstage in right front of the public. They even offered their bottles to people in the audience.
The women hunted them down, “whupped them good” and dragged them back to where they started the finale of the piece. With the company exiting the stage, one of these naughty boys tried to escape from his lady and return to the “speakeasy.” Fat chance! He was no match for her.
Did the audience like it, especially our fellow danzoneros from all over Mexico? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Were there any negative comments? No, none that we heard personally or from third parties. People asked us where we got those cute little bottles. My fear that those purists would attack us was completely unfounded. Our danzón comrades really liked our concept. Muchísimas gracias to the dancers of “Mercerina” for making it happen.
I asked Lic. Antonia González, the assistant director of our national organization, CNIDDAC (a really long name) if I had invented the genre of comic danzón, especially with this, my latest choreography. She said that she wasn’t absolutely sure, but that she had never seen anything like it before. That was plenty good enough to make me feel very happy!
We are back in our “home stadium,” the Jardín Principal of San Miguel at the Kiosco with “El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables con el Club de Danzón Mercerina” on Sunday, December 1, 1-3pm and 5-7pm. As you know, admission is free. We’ll also be there on Sunday, December 15. When we go to other cities to perform, we are proud to represent all of you, the people of our beloved city. ¡Viva Su Majestad, El Danzón!