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

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Infantiles Rule!

Yesterday was the first anniversary of the village's Cultural Center's opening in Teotitlan del Valle and wow, what a party, such a great time.  Hundreds showed up to celebrate and we were all feted with music, dance, food and all the pride and exuberance of this famous Zapotec village.  It is famous for many things, like its weaving, traditions and food, all of which were on full display.  It will take a couple of posts to cover it, but no better place to start then with the Infantiles, the  kids dancing the Danza de la Pluma. 
They are all about six or seven years old and practice in their school and all the practice showed. 
They were very good, a tight ensemble....
And so much fun to be with.
And to watch the dancer dads. 
That's the dance master on the left.  He was one of the danzantes in the 2009-2012 promesa.
It turned out that La Malinche is the daughter of one of my oldest friends, Juan Ruiz Bautista, the brother of Mario, the village photographer.
Of course, they were watched by guys at the opposite end of the age spectrum, the viejitos, old men, who also have their own dance....
But as W.C. Fields said, "Never share the stage with a kid or a dog."
Hard to argue with that, wouldn't you say?...
Well,  he probably could...
More later..

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