The nearly 700-year-old Mexican city of Mazatlán is kicking off off its 2010-11 winter travel season with music, art and dance as city and state cultural organizations join forces to present an arts extravaganza that runs through December.
Mazatlán’s 2010 cultural series is showcasing opera, ballet, folkloric and contemporary dance, film, concerts, art exhibits, poetry, plays, children’s shows, and more in unique historical venues.
“Mazatlán is proud of its rich cultural heritage,” says Carlos Berdegué, vice president of the Mazatlán Hotel Association. “We continually strive to provide world-class entertainment filled with color and joy. Travelers and locals here are treated to an eclectic calendar of performances, with most events taking place in Old Mazatlán, the city’s charming historic district.”
Located in the heart of Old Mazatlán, Teatro Angela Peralta (Angela Peralta Theater) is the city’s cultural hub. This landmark theater, built in the 19th century, has been restored to its original grandeur by the city and its residents. Combining neo-classical architecture with 21st-century amenities, the Angela Peralta offers ballets, operas, musicals, films, art exhibits, comedies, and concerts from classical to jazz and pop, among others.
The destination’s 2010 cultural series premiered this month at the Angela Peralta with a tango show, “Milonguera,” sponsored by the Sociedad Artistica Sinaloense (Artistic Sinaloa Society). At center stage was Mora Godoy, an acclaimed Argentine dancer who has performed alongside famous musicians who range from Israeli conductor and pianist Daniel Baremboim to the Rolling Stones. Mora adds a modern twist to the tango with her dramatic original dance form, tango-ballet.
Also this month, the Angela Peralta was filled with the music of local choral groups, Guillermo Sarabia’s Choir and the City’s Arts Center Children’s Choir, comprising young singers aged 8 to 17. In a performance promoted by the Institute of Culture, Tourism and Art of Mazatlán, the singers performed songs from Latin American folklore and traditional Mexican hits.
The Angela Peralta is home to Delfos Contemporary Dance Company, one of Latin America’s most significant contemporary-dance companies. The company’s fluency and poetry has earned it commissions for opera, television and video. Delfos offers frequent performances at the Angela Peralta throughout the travel season.
During the season Old Mazatlán’s art galleries open their doors for free tours, exhibit debuts, and lectures by visiting and local artists. These art walks feature dynamic displays of photography, paintings and sculptures in neoclassical buildings refurbished to house the city’s art galleries.
Music and art spill onto the cobblestone streets of Old Mazatlán as well, with picturesque Republic Plaza and Machado Plaza providing the sites for free outdoor concerts and jazz performances.
To find out more about the city of Mazatlán, which is located on Mexico’s west coast in the state of Sinaloa opposite the southern tip of Baja California, visit www.gomazatlan.com.