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Mexican dancers perform in New York

Last Sunday afternoon, the Annabella González Dance Theater (AGDT) presented a show in Central Park
Mexican dancers perform in New York
Entitled "Lively Moods", the dance group performed in front of the Harlem Meer, one of the iconic Central Park’s bodies of water - Photo: File photo/NOTIMEX
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The dance company Annabella González Dance Theater (AGDT), founded by a Mexican woman 41 years ago in the United States, presented a show entitled "Lively Moods" on Sunday afternoon at Central Park in New York. Several dancers from Mexico participated.

The dance group performed in front of the Harlem Meer, one of Central Park’s iconic lakes. It featured both Mexican folk dance numbers and original choreographies of contemporary dance.

In the show of AGDT, a company based in New York that makes numerous presentations every year both in Mexico and the United States, the Mexican dancer Juan Echazarreta and the company Nu-Lu Danza, founded by Mexicans Esteban Arana and Leticia Pliego, also participated.

"Our work in the company is classical and modern ballet and contemporary dance, although we also try to educate audiences in the United States about the rich variety of folk traditions in Mexico," González explained.

In an interview with Notimex, the choreographer said that in the Central Park show it was important to present a combination of pieces inspired both in Mexico and Europe, although she assured that 90% of her work involves classical music.

"In Mexico we have a rich folkloric variety, but we also have an important tradition of classical, modern and experimental dance, and also in that sense my job is to expose that to the public in the United States, which often does not know this legacy", asserted González.

The contemporary interpretation was precisely the contribution of Nu-Lu Danza, who presented his piece "New Born," in which the American dancer Jamy Hsu participated as well.

Pliego said that the piece, conceived by her and by Arana, is a reflection on the tension that exists between the body, the soul and the spirit, as well as human beings’ search of harmony between these elements.

In an interview with Notimex, Pliego pointed out that Nu-Lu Danza has had to rely on the AGDT platform, a well-established company in New York, established as a non-profit organization and with a board of directors.

"Thanks to the work with AGDT we have been able to fulfill one of Nu-Lu Danza's missions, which is to offer work and promote talented and professional dancers in the United States," said Pliego.

Created in 2012 as a fusion of jazz and contemporary ballet, Nu-Lu Danza has participated several times in the AGDT seasons in New York, in addition to having performed at the Brooklyn Ballet and the Queens Museum.


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