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Mexico’s Cervantino Worldwide Pageant celebrates its fiftieth anniversary : NPR

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A scene from “Entremeses Cervantinos,” three one-act performs written by Miguel de Cervantes, at Plaza San Roque, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Pageant


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A scene from “Entremeses Cervantinos,” three one-act performs written by Miguel de Cervantes, at Plaza San Roque, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Pageant

On a latest Saturday evening on the Teatro Juarez in Guanajuato, Portuguese singer Carminho is performing her second Fado referred to as O Começo (The Starting). She’s accompanied by a quartet of bass, electrical and acoustic guitars and the emblematic instrument of fado, the 12-steel string Portuguese guitar. Fado songs are deeply melancholic, the lyrics are crammed with ‘saudade,’ a sense of nostalgia and longing.

It is Carminho’s first time performing on the Cervantino Worldwide Pageant and the viewers is mesmerized. Backstage, after the present, she says the streets of Guanajuato have numerous vitality, like an erupting volcano. “And after I got here to the stage, I acquired the identical depth from the viewers. It was nice, nice, unforgettable!” she says.

This yr is particular. After a digital version in 2020, and a hybrid model final yr – the pageant is again in individual and celebrating 50 years. “It is a pageant the place individuals can come to take pleasure in theater, dance, music, movies, literature, gastronomy, avenue theater, circus, and so forth,” says pageant director Mariana Aymerich. “They’ll include the entire household, to take pleasure in 19 days to really feel, to bounce, and to replicate with all of the artists which are right here with us.”

There are 25 venues unfold throughout the town of Guanajuato, most of them situated inside the historic middle. The indoor venues embody theaters, baroque church buildings, a mine and a membership within the catacombs, beneath the town. Half of the occasions are free. However among the finest parts of the pageant is the out of doors venues: 5 metropolis squares, a former prepare station, and a grocery store all make the town come alive on daily basis.

On the pageant’s largest out of doors venue, Coreyah, a psychedelic Korean people band is performing in entrance of greater than 4,000 individuals. The band is a mix of conventional Korean music, American rock and world rhythms.

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Yearly, pageant organizers invite a rustic and a state of Mexico. Korea is the invited nation this yr. In collaboration with the Korean embassy, the pageant programmers invited 10 completely different teams together with the Okay-Pop band KARD; Sumi Jo, a famend opera singer; and the Korean Nationwide Modern Dance Firm.

One of many large performing teams invited by the pageant did a flash mob on the Plaza del Baratillo, a picturesque sq. within the coronary heart of the town. Greater than 40 performers, together with an opera singer and a small orchestra, had been recreating a bit from their large multi-disciplinary present referred to as Tururú, Los Jovenes También Viajan en Metro (The Youth Additionally Travels on the Subway).

Taína González is the director of the manufacturing. She made it a precedence to incorporate youth from working-class neighborhoods throughout Mexico Metropolis within the efficiency. “There are a lot of issues they may do and by no means imagined. For instance, within the theatre group I am main, lots of the contributors had no concept they had been going to do a play,” she says. “They have been engaged on it for a yr and it is fantastic to see how a lot they’ve grown and the way reassuring it’s for them.”

For 50 years, the Cervantino Pageant has been a cultural reference, nurturing the general public and each type of artist. Angela Gonzalez, director of the Ruelas Basis, says the pageant has dropped at Mexico all the nice performers from around the globe. “There is not any comparability what the pageant has completed, not less than in Latin America, as an area for a variety of aesthetic experiences, a spot of studying and an area of freedom.”

Orquesta Típica de la CDMX, acting at Templo de la Compañía, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Pageant


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Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Pageant

Orquesta Típica de la CDMX, acting at Templo de la Compañía, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Germán Romero, courtesy of Cervantino Worldwide Pageant



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