Ghostly Labor: San Jose Premiere at Hammer Theatre Center


Ghostly Labor, by Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla delves into the rich history of labor in the US-Mexico borderlands, combining the art forms of Tap Dance, Mexican Zapateado, Son Jarocho and AfroCaribbean movement. Through a captivating fusion of polyrhythmic movement and an original score, the production examines the legacy of systemic labor exploitation and celebrates the resilience and unity found in collective resistance.

Ghostly Labor’s San Jose Premiere
at SJSU’s Hammer Theatre Center
March 21-22, 2024
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About Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla:
Vanessa Sanchez is a Chicana-Native dancer, choreographer and educator who emphasizes the voices and experiences of Latina, Chicana and Indigenous women and youth through contemporary performance, community arts and traditional dance forms. Her dance and choreographic expression explores movement and rhythm to tell stories of historical oppression and collective resistance. Sanchez’s artistic practice is influenced by her cultural and ancestral lineage, the experiences of her community and the expression of Afro-Latinx percussion and dance to challenge cultural and gender role stereotypes. As a dedicated and experienced arts educator in the Latino community, she works to ensure accessibility to quality arts training and performances. She independently produces the community grant outreach program “Connecting Communities to Funders,” a free, 3-part series that connects BIPOC, culturally-based dancers and artists with grant organizations.
La Mezcla is a polyrhythmic, San Francisco-based dance and music ensemble rooted in Chicana, Latina and Indigenous traditions and social justice. Founded in 2015 by Dance/USA fellow Vanessa Sanchez, their work brings together Tap dance, Son Jarocho and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to bring the often unseen histories and experiences of communities of color to stages, streets and fields.


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