First Friday Fiesta at MACLA
as Part of Monthly SoFA District Art Walk
All performances are free; no reservations or tickets required.The notable First Friday Fiesta Series at MACLA brings several of the Bay Area’s most prominent Latin American music and dance companies to MACLA’s Castellano Playhouse in the heart of Downtown San José for an evening of free, educational, and engaging performances. The series is presented by MACLA during the monthly SoFA District Art Walk.
Bolivian Dance Team San Jose showcases Bolivia’s rich and varied culture re-creating Bolivian dances by taking on innovative approaches to ancient and rare forms. As part of #FirstFridayFiesta, MACLA presents Carnaval Sud Americano by Bolivian Dance Team! Bolivian Dance Team alongside friends of Kantuta Ballet Folklorico de Bolivia, Danza Venezuela Bay Area, and Valverde Dance Theater showcase South America’s vibrant and richly diverse music and dance traditions.
Bolivian Dance Team (BDT) is a San Jose based organization who celebrate Bolivia’s rich and varied culture’s by re-creating Bolivian dances by taking on innovative approaches to ancient and rare traditions. Directed by Jacqueline Gumucio and Dexter Fernandez, BDT first came together in 2016 and has since presented itself at Worlds Arts West SF Ethnic Dance festival, the International Children's Festival in San Jose, San Francisco’s Carnival, Dance Mission Theatre’s Winter Choreographers Festival, and more. Though BDT continuously dances the Popular “Bolivian” folklore of today (seen in Bolivia right now), they also carry in their hearts and minds a discerned effort of striving to find the original history, melodies and movements of the dances from our ancestors and fellow countrymen so that we may enable ourselves to preserve, protect, discover and spread awareness of the cultural variety that comprises Bolivia.
Led by director/choreographer Luis Valverde, Valverde Dance Theater presents work dedicated to traditional dance and music from the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina and Chile. Luis Valverde is a musician, dancer and researcher of Andean Art who has been the Director of the Conjunto de Zampoñas de San Marcos in Lima and also member of AC Brisas del Titicaca, the Center for Peruvian Music Research (CIDEMP), and the Center of Folkore of San Marcos University (CUF). In 2000, he moved to San Francisco and began performing with renown Bay Area Artists such as Eddy Navia, Nayo Ulloa, Lalo Izquierdo, Pampa Cortes, Chaskinakuy, and more.
Danza Venezuela Bay Area is a group of passionate dancers whose purpose is to expose the Bay Area to Venezuelan music, dance and culture. Directed by “Chiquy,” Danza Venezuela Bay Area showcases a variety of new and traditional Venezuelan dances through audience participation.
Kantuta Ballet Folklorico de Bolivia was founded in September 2006, in San Leandro, California by Mario, Andrea and Lily Lino, with the purpose to preserve and promote the heritage, culture and folklore of Bolivia through countless ancestral dances, and to educate and teach the wide range of rituals, dances and beliefs that identifies the Bolivian culture."Kantuta" is Bolivia's national flower emblem and is sometimes called the Sacred Flower of the Incas, following the legend told by the Quechua, descendants of the Incas. The name comes from the word "qantuta" in the Quechua language. Its scientific name is Cantua buxifolia.