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Bridging Cultures Dinner Theatre

Sep. 16, 2003 2:41 PM | Author: Julee Russell
Coming Soon: Colorful and Unique Native Dances from Oaxaca, Mexico


For the first time ever in the upper mid-west, a young and talented dance group from Oaxaca, Mexico will perform a complete Guelaguetza (pronounced gay-la-getsa) in Valley City. The Blais Pascale folkloric dance group from Oaxaca, Mexico will provide an exciting and colorful performance. This exciting, one of a kind event is part of Fiesta Mexicana 2003, and marks the first time that the dance group from the Blais Pascale preparatory school in Oaxaca has traveled to North Dakota.

Guelaguetza is a word that comes from the Zapotec language and means to participate and cooperate at the same time. The performances are a way for the Oaxacan people to preserve their culture and share it with others. The dances included in the Guelaguetza represent the seven unique regions of Oaxaca, and each dance provides a glimpse into the culture of that region and its native peoples.

The group, under the direction of experienced dance professor Patricia Zarate, has traveled extensively performing the traditional dances and sharing the Oaxacan culture with many countries. While the group is in Valley City, they will stay in homes and have opportunities to experience some North Dakota culture. Soon many of the students will be in email contact with their host families. A schedule of activities has been arranged for them including a chance to see buffalo and experience a hay ride. Visits Valley City high School and Valley City State University are also planned.

In Oaxaca the Guelaguetza celebration is held on two Mondays in July. However, in Valley City the performance will be in September. On September 25, 2003 at 7:00p.m. the Valley City Eagles Club will host the Bridging Cultures Dinner Theatre where the Blais Pascale students will perform a complete Guelaguetza. You won’t want to miss the pageantry and color of this first-ever in the region performance! This complete evening performance will include dinner as well as the fine music and dancing from the state of Oaxaca. Tickets are available at the Eagles and the VCSU Foundation office.

Mark your calendars, and enjoy the Fiesta!
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