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Homage to Mother Earth, a pre-Hispanic music and dance concert

By Melanie Lansing

Luis Cruz Director del Grupo Venado Azul

The Venado Azul Group presents “Songs for Mother Earth,” a pre-Hispanic music and dance concert on Saturday, February 8. This seven-member ensemble of tribal dancers and musicians will perform its music, songs, and a fusion of sounds using indigenous instruments such as the Huéhuetl (drums), Huilacapiztli (whistles), and Tlapitzalli (flutes).

Pre Hispanic Music
& Dance Concert
The Venado Azul Group presents
“Songs for Mother Earth”
Sat, Feb 8, 7pm
El Sindicato
Recreo 4
Pre-sale tickets 150 pesos,
at the door 175 pesos
For more information and ticket sales contact: Clementina Beas Moreno 415-151-1352

The audience will be transported to an ancient time in Mexican pre-Hispanic culture in which music was performed for celebrating earth cycles and rites of passage. Add to this the display of dancers in elaborate animal headdresses and body paint. The show brings out sight, sounds and smells in a way that takes enthusiasts back to tribal times. Similar images were featured in the 2006 movie Apocalypto by Mel Gibson in which Venado Azul dancers performed.

Luis Cruz, the group’s director, has led the ensemble on tour throughout Mexico and in Russia, Spain, France, and the United States. The instruments and ceremonial garments are made by Mr. Cruz at his workshop in Pozos, a silver mining town dating back to the early 1800s. When asked about the origins of the show, Mr. Cruz pointed to the music and dance being a fusion of ancient Aztec, Huichol, Chichimeca, and Otomi traditions. His grandfather, a medicine man, inspired him to play the Huéhuetl (drum) when he was just a boy.

This concert is an homage and tribute to Mother Earth for all that we have received, and offering what more we can give. Join us in this celebration of gratitude for Mother Earth!

The concert will be held at El Sindicato at 7pm. Pre-sale tickets at 150 pesos may be bought in advance from Casa Corazón, Hernández Macías 81, between Canal and Umarán; Kika Boutique, San Francisco 1, Plaza Principal, Local 6 (located just around the corner from the Jardín); in the door of Tianguis Organic de San Miguel de Allende on February 1. Tickets at the door 175 pesos.


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