Vibrant, luscious costumes and foot-stomping rhythms explode onto the Auditorium Theatre stage with the return of Amalia Hernandez’s joyful, energetic company. Ballet Folklorico has been a major cultural ambassador for sixty years, bringing folk music from regions across Mexico to life through traditional, ritual and contemporary dance. Ms. Hernandez founded the ballet to collect and preserve indigenous Mexican dances and today the company, under the direction of her grandson Salvador Lopez, has dozens of folk dances in their repertory, adapted for the stage. Caballeros leap and pound out driving rhythms to the horns of on-stage mariachi; the mystery and ceremony of ancient Mayan culture is felt in low, thunderous drums and strong, angular movement vocabulary. The Ballet creates an onstage party so infectious, it’s impossible to keep from clapping along when brightly colored skirts twirl eye-high. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 East Congress, (800)982-2787. Saturday, October 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 7 at 3pm. $30-$74.