The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, July 10, 2014

El Sol - The sun comes out in Teo

What a difference a day makes.... the sun was out in Teotitlan del Valle yesterday and the danzantes and their dazzling outfits were in fine form.  It was a glorious day and so were they.  I am just going through shots and I fixated on this dancer.
Here he is in action
I need to go back and figure out who he is, but man o man, did he look fine or what?
Update:  El guapo is Armando Vincente Mendoza.
In comparison to what I have seen in many of the other danzantes from other villages, Teotitlan del Valle blows them all away in terms of the beauty and complexities of their outfits.
There is so much that goes into every detail.  Much more in a bit.
It is an off day in Teo today as they get ready for a confite on Friday and a full weekend of dancing.


Anonymous said...

"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin ... "

Nightreading said...

Beautiful pictures of a very handsome young dancer, would love to see how he can move and dance in that elaborated costume.

What comes to my mind is the citation about one of the greatest ever ballet masters Sergey Diagilev:"Gesamtkunstwerk [total artwork]: an entertainment, not more than an hour long, in which all the elements, story (if any), music, décor and choreography, were commissioned by himself to form a complete whole."

Christopher Stowens said...

At some point I will post some video. It is just that my upload is really slow. And how does one edit an eight hour dance down to just a few minutes?

Anonymous said...

Solo un comentario, el recorrido previo al la fiesta se le llama "convite" no confite, ya que se refiere a convitar o invitar a todos a participar en la fiesta, el confite es otra cosa...

Christopher Stowens said...

Gracias por la corrección. Toda la parte de mi educación.

Thanks for the correction. All part of my education.

For non Spanish speakers...The word should be convite(inviting others to join) instead of confite, which is candy. Boy, do I feel foolish, but sweet.