Expats who live in these parts for an extended length of time will at some stage surely get to see the renowned Ballet Folclórico de la Universidad de Guadalajara (UdG), which opens a month-long season of presentations at the Conjunto Santander de las Artes on September 2.
The show, titled “Tierra del Sol,” has new choreography and will thrill old-timers as much as newcomers.
The ballet troupe was founded in 1966, emerging from a folk dance group formed by students six years earlier within the university’s fine arts faculty, the Escuela de Artes Plásticas.
The group quickly rose to domestic and international prominence after performing at the opening ceremony of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Foreign tours ensued and, to date, the troupe has visited around 30 countries.
Over the years, the troupe has won a slew of awards and prizes, and is recognized for its strict adherence to the traditional dances of Mexico, which are meticulously researched.
The resident corps of the troupe comprises 16 dance and 12 singing couples, plus musicians. In total, some 170 individuals participate at various levels, including the children’s troupe, the Ballet Infantil—the stars of tomorrow.