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Dance show in Mexico highlights sexual diversity

Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 22 (EFE).- LGBTQ dance company Mexico de Colores presented a show in the Mexican city of Guadalajara on Saturday to highlight discrimination, transphobia and pride in sexual identity.

A total of 17 dancers gave life to 13 dance pieces combining traditional dance styles and cabaret with Mexican mischievousness, black humor and a message of tolerance toward the LGBTQ community.

The all-male dancers took a trip to all corners of the country to music of different styles including, son jarocho – a Mexican folk music style from Veracruz -, traditional Purépecha music, the jarabe tapatío, and the danzón.

One of the pieces took as reference the Adelitas – women who fought in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1917) -, to show transgender pride and “resistance” with one of the dancers waving the blue, red and white trans pride flag.

The company’s director, Carlos Antúnez, told EFE that it aims to show a contemporary version of Mexican culture.

“We show Mexican dance, we mix it with cabaret, pantomime, physical theater, especially with black humor and I like to think that we continue looking to show new ways of doing Mexican dance, how one dances to mariachi music in Mexico, the Son Jarocho musical style, or a Huasteco trio as a contemporary version,” he said.

Sexual, cultural and musical diversity are the mainstay of this queer company that highlights the tolerance towards transvestitism that exists in the dances of different regions of Mexico despite a lack of widespread recognition of sexual plurality.

“In Mexico there is a great culture of transvestitism (…) in almost all the regions of the country there is dance where men dress as women,” he said.

The 11-year-old company has performed not only across Mexico but in other countries as well, including the United States, Cuba. It will also be traveling to Ecuador shortly. EFE


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