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Gypsy Dance Comes to San Miguel

By David Johanssen

The first dances were sacred rituals performed to please the gods and express the supreme truths in the magic of movement. These were temple dances in which the female priestesses worshiped different aspects of the Divine through the elaborate language of mime and gestures. This Sunday at the Shelter Theater, acclaimed dancer Joana Gea combines such “sacred dance” with the fiery “gypsy dance,” accompanied by the live gypsy music of Tzigane.

Documentary and
Syria’s Unending Conflict
Fri, Dec 18, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Performance
Les Bohémiens: Gypsy Dance
Sun, Dec 20, 7pm
150 pesos

Documentary and
Ancient Mysteries:
Secrets of the Aztecs
Tues, Dec 22, 5pm
50 pesos

Live Music
Open Mic
Tues, Dec 22, 7:30pm
50 pesos (includes drink)

Live Concert
Wed, Dec 23, 7pm
120 pesos

All events at:
Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Joana Gea specializes in Middle East, North African, and gypsy dance. In 2013 she traveled to Romania and Istanbul in order to establish direct contact with the Roma communities of these regions. This year in San Miguel, she teamed up with the passionate “gypsy jazz” musicians Almitri Tzigane and Israel Chávez. Their current project, Les Bohémiens,” is presented with the aim of spreading the culture of the Roma people as well as the dance of different regions, including Turkey, Romania, Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East, proving to audiences that, as Martha Graham said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul!”

Don’t miss this unique live concert featuring the dance of Joana Gea with Almitri Tzigane on fingerstyle gypsy guitar and Israel Chávez playing violin in Les Bohémiens: Gypsy Dance. Buy your tickets at La Biblioteca or online at 150 pesos.

Wednesday, December 23 at 7pm Shelter presents a live concert featuring the gypsy jazz of the 1930s, “Tzigane2.” Almitri Tzigane began his sound odyssey by searching out the deepest origins of rock music. He went backwards in music history, listening and reading, back to the early 1900s in New Orleans, an era that won his attention with its incredibly rich mix of gypsy jazz, blues, ragtime, and bossa nova. 120 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardin down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming events. Taxi service available. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We welcome ideas for events!


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