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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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The tradition continues - La Danza in Teotitlan del Valle

It just keeps getting better.... On Tuesday, the danzantes from Teotitlan del Valle, once again, danced la danza de la pluma, as the village continued to celebrate la Preciosa Sangre De Nuetra Señor Jesucristo, which will keep going for the rest of the week.

This is the beginning of the end for these dancers.  The final year of a three year commitment.  A pensive Claudio Vincente Gutierrez with the sacred mountain, El Pecacho, in the background.
 The sun blessed the afternoon.  Salvador Hipolito Gutierrez shines bright.
 Just a gorgeous day.  You shoulda been there.....
It is a long series of dances, almost eight to ten hours at times.  The whole varies as things are added, deleted or changed.  Leonardo Ruiz Lopez in mid-air.
So... it is a long event... you can imagine how many photos and videos, one can get in a single day.  One out of a hundred is a keeper.
More importantly, think about dancing for that amount of time. 
What amazing grace and stamina.... and dealing with the winds, which are really strong at times.  Roman Gutierrez Hipolito.
Those penachos catch the winds like sails.  Makes for strong neck muscles.
Back for more tomorrow... and some nice video to post when it gets done.

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