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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For additional photography please visit my flickr page.
You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
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If you are coming to Oaxaca, please contact me for tours or advice.

Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

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

Monday, December 16, 2019

A closer look... Teotitlan del Valle

As in most things, there are many layers to the danza de pluma in Teotitlan del Valle.  It is easy to miss details while the action is hot and heavy.  Dance is hard to capture because it is all about constant motion.  There is the overall picture and then there are the details, like the penacho pictured above.  Think of all the work that went into it.  And then there is, the footwork, the outfits, the music, the grace of the dancers, as exemplified by La Malinche, Yaretzi Bazan Ruiz.
Her counterpart, alter ego, Doña Marina, Jimena Vicente Lazaro, also a wonderful dancer. 
Both add so much to the performances.
Not only excellent dancers, but crowds favorites as well.... and quite photogenic.
They aren't the only photogenic ones out there.
One of the real powers behind the throne....

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