Mexico-based ensemble Caña Dulce y Caña Brava highlights feminine poetry and voices, taking the audience on a voyage through multiple rhythms, accompanied by traditional string instruments such as the harp and the jarana, the zapateado (the percussive dance done on a wooden platform that accompanies the music and is considered the "heartbeat" of Son Jarocho), and poetic improvisation in rhyme. Offering an assortment of colors, textures and images to diverse and multi-generational audiences, the ensemble is defined by an original aesthetic that unites the traditional with the vanguard in a contemporary stage proposal. Since its formation in 2007, the group has carried the seal of feminine strength and beauty within the traditionally masculine world of Mexican Son.
Son Jarocho is the traditional music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico, and is a genre that lends itself to community building and audience participation through the Fandango, a celebration where people gather to play, sing, and dance. This style's main roots are located in the Spanish migration to Mexico during the colonial period, which brought with it sounds, rhythms, and instrumentation from the African Diaspora, Roma communities, and Arab populations from the Iberian Peninsula. This mix of cultures, combined with Mexican indigenous musical traditions, gave birth to Son Jarocho in the early 17th century. These days, Son Jarocho is performed throughout Mexico, US, Canada, South America, Western Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan. On the East Coast of the United States, Son Jarocho has grown in the past 15 years thanks to community organizers and Son Jarocho practitioners can be found in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlottesville, Nashville, and Miami. This program is part of the celebration of the 12th Annual New York Son Jarocho Festival.
Format: 60 minutes, an in-person performance at Flushing Town Hall’s theater. Grade Levels: recommended for grades 4-8. Tickets: $10 per person. One classroom teacher per class group comes for FREE. Additional adults (including paraprofessionals, coordinators, parents, guardians, chaperones, teaching assistants, or others) will need to pay for their tickets.
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