Celebrate exciting Christmas customs from Mexico—ballet folkorico, street theater and a Mexican mercado—at the two-part “Navidades! Christmas on K Street” event on Sunday, Dec. 15, presented by Calidanza Dance Company, La Raza Galería Posada and El Teatro Espejo.
Part one, “La Pastorela de Sacramento,” starts at 1:30 p.m. outdoors at the Convention Center Plaza at 13th and K streets. The performance, adapted by Tomas Benitez, Manuel Pickett and Marie Acosta, will include a 45-minute modern reenactment of Mexico’s traditional Christmas pageant. Audience participation is highly encouraged!
Meander with the mobile pageant as it makes it way to the Crest Theatre at 3 p.m. for a stunning presentation of “Navidades y Tradiciones,” Calidanza Dance Company’s latest creation under the direction of Steven Valencia. Twenty-two dancers will be accompanied by Vinic-Kay folkloric musicians as they present various Mexican traditions—Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Dia de Candelaria (Candle Mass Day), Afro-Jarocho (celebrating African heritage in Mexico) and Carnaval in Sinaloa. The dancing will give way to live music honoring Las Posadas and a mariachi Christmas complete with a piñata. You can also buy unique gifts at the Mexican mercado in the Crest lobby before and after the show.
For tickets and more information, check out thecrest.com or La Raza Galería Posada’s website at lrgp.org. The Crest Theatre is located at 1013 K St.
Who: Calidanza Dance Company, La Raza Galería Posada and El Teatro Espejo
What: Navidades! Christmas on K Street
When: Sunday, Dec. 15
Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento