We've just wrapped our incredible weeklong tour of the state of Yucatan, Mexico, with meetings, workshops, rehearsals, performances and a press conference. This was Eryc Taylor Dance's third tour of the Yucatan, and second year performing at the grand Teatro Jose Peon Contreras in Merida in the International Dance Festival Avant Garde.Guest Blog: Eryc Taylor Dance in Mexico - Day #4 November 22, 2017
Friday night was our performance in Chochola, on an open-air stage set up in front of the Palacio Municipal. We were presenting works from our NYC Season at Martha Graham Studio Theater (October, 2017) as well as the 14-18 year old students from our local Eryc Taylor Dance Outreach workshops. November 18, 2017
Thursday was our second day of workshops in Chochola. But before traveling to Chochola from Merida, we headed to Teatro Jose Peon Contreras for a press conference. A planned 45-minute press conference was extended to 90 minutes! We are so grateful for the support from local and national newspapers and the radio and TV interviewers, who were so interested in our upcoming performances and the ETD Movement Outreach programs we conduct in NYC. ETD Outreach is tailored to vulnerable populations in NYC who live in supportive housing sites and homeless shelters. There we use dance as a therapeutic outlet for self-expression, and that is what we translate into our workshop classes in Chochola. November 17, 2017
Yesterday, we started our day with a visit to the US Consulate in Merida, which has given huge support to our program, as well as to the Merida English Library, which is also helping spread the word about our visit to Mexico. In addition, we visited the beautiful Teatro Jose Peon Contreras, which will host our ETD performances this weekend. Our lighting designer was anxious to meet with the theater's technical director, to create a lighting plan for our performance in this magnificent space. My breath was taken away when I looked out at the sea of seats underneath the five beautiful balconies, and at the rotunda murals above. Teatro Jose Peon Contreras is a massive, gorgeous theater.BLOGGING FROM THE YUCATAN - ERYC TAYLOR DANCE TOURS MEXICO November 16, 2017
With suitcases full of costumes, I arrived with my dancers yesterday morning at LaGuardia Airport in NYC to begin the first leg of our journey to the state of Yucatan. We are excited for our tour, and to be to be working with young people in two Mexican cities - Chochola and Merida.