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Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340365.001.0001

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Authentic Mexican Dances

Authentic Mexican Dances

In the Palace of Fine Arts and Across the National Border

(p.100) Chapter 6 Authentic Mexican Dances
Embodying Mexico

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Oxford University Press

Chapter Six focuses on the decade of the 1930s, discussing burgeoning uses of the Dance of the Old Men and Night of the Dead as icons of Mexicanness in Mexico and across the border in the USA. Two state-sponsored, theatricalized, cuadros costumbrista events (scenes of customs) in Mexico City are the subject of detailed analysis: Hamarándecua and Danzas Auténticas Mexicanas, staged in 1937 and 1939 in the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Focusing on the USA, one didactic book, Regional Dances of Mexico, and one government-sponsored live event in San Antonio, engaging an Old Men ensemble from Jarácuaro, provide material for detailed analysis. Printed matter (programs, newspaper articles, and books) are central. A framework of performism enables examination of the circulation of images, dancers, practices, and discourse; border crossings and journeys; and political, pedagogical, and ideological dissemination through educational and tourist publications. Finally, the Dance of the Moors (Moros) is considered.

Keywords:   Danzas Auténticas Mexicanas, Palacio de Bellas Artes, authentic dances, theatricalized events, cuadros costumbristas, border crossing, newspaper articles, the Dance of the Moors, Moros

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