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

Friday, December 14, 2018

Pride and tears - Los Danzantes de la Pluma de Teotitlan del Valle

And so ends the three year promesa or commitment of this wonderfully talented group of dancers from Teotitlan de Valle.  Blogger buddy, Shannon, and I were there from the very beginning until the very end.  And yes, I, like many others, had tears in my eyes and a heart filled with pride as we watched them dance for the last time as the village celebrated el Dia de Gaudalupe.  And there were so many people involved with these dancers, a real group effort. 
Wives,  parents, extended families and the committee in charge of organizing the entire cycle.  A special shout out to Javier Gutiérrez Hernández, whose choreography was so beautiful and creative.  
A former dancer himself and father of Sergio, this group's Monctezuma, here with two other stars of the show, the subalternos, Juan Bautista Ruiz and Florentino Martinez Ruiz.
It was an amazing finale as almost two thousand people, mostly family and friends, came together to share the moment with the dancers.  Much more to come....


Clever Monkey said...

Will another group of people from Teotitlan take up the 3-year promesa of the Danza de la Pluma? Just not folks you and Shannon had such a personal relationship with? Your photos of them are great - they look so fine and proud.
Diane in Oakland, thinking of Oaxaca

Christopher Stowens said...

Yes, there is already a new group ready to go. It's a three year commitment and I understand that groups are tentatively chosen through 2032. La Malinche and Doña Marina have yet to be born.

Clever Monkey said...

Wow, tentatively through 2032. So the selected live in commitment of intention long before the actual promesa begins. Thanks.