Mexico Beyond Mariachi is a multi-cultural ensemble of professional musicians, actors, dancers and teaching artists whose love of Mexican traditions and way of life shines bright in every performance. Our philosophy is rooted in the belief that art and culture are an integral part of the development of every individual’s outlook on life. Personal engagement, community experiences, and the celebration of commonality are themes Mexico Beyond Mariachi bring to our shows as well as to our extensive arts-in-education offerings (residencies, workshops, and lecture demonstrations).
Mexico Beyond Mariachi was founded in 2005 in New York City and was quickly established as one of the leading providers of Mexican performance and education programs for young people and families in the New York Tri-State area. Every year, Mexico Beyond Mariachi performs in dozens of schools, theatres, and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo del Barrio, Queens Theater, New Jersey State Museum, Newark Museum, and more.
In addition to our legacy of arts-in-education offerings, Mexico Beyond Mariachi also offers two theatrical productions,Trekking Mexico: Heartbeat of a Culture and our newest feature-length production SUGAR SKULL! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure, which successfully performed 71 performances in 30 cities across the USA in fall 2019 and will be on the road again in fall 2020.
SUGAR SKULL! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure
Twelve-year-old Vita Flores thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a spirited candy skeleton suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Meet Sugar Skull, a charismatic skeleton with a secret or two. With her skeletal new friend, Vita dances with ancient ancestors, sings with a sorrowful sorceress, escapes the trickster Chaneques, and even meets the famous Catrina Calavera. But can this clever youth gather the missing pieces needed for her family ofrenda before it’s too late? Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect Fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.
Trekking Mexico: Heartbeat of a Culture
Diving deep into folk traditions, both ancient and contemporary, this entertaining, educational and exciting show takes you on a historical and geographical journey through Mexican music and dance. From the drums of Tenochtitlan to the jaranas of Veracruz, and the jungles of Tabasco to the mountains of Guerrero, this multimedia show whisks you away on a joyful ride through this culturally vast republic.
In-School Performances and Lecture Demonstrations
We’ve taken the best of our pedagogic practice as teaching artists to build performances that are informative, transformative and fun. The use of etymology, cultural similarity, and making connections to common habits are some of the methods we use to bring audiences along for the ride. We have carefully created our shows to maximize the educational content while keeping in mind that kids also want to have fun while they learn.
A typical concert brings students on a 2000 year journey that begins in the fascinating world of Mesoamerican civilization. Continuing chronologically, we illustrate through music, dance, and storytelling how time, geography, climate, and foreign influences have affected folk traditions to the present day. The show represents the folk traditions of Mexico as an intelligent and vital part of American history and culture.
What to expect:
All live music and dance
Unique pre-colonial instruments
Important historical facts
Informed artists specifically prepared to interact with diverse student populations
Workshops & Residencies
Our artists aren't only wonderful performers, but also talented teachers.
If you are looking for a more in-depth experience, you can bring one of our artists into your school to teach Mexican dance in a 3-10 day residency. This will enhance your student's comprehension and appreciation of Mexican culture. Longer residencies end in a culminating performance where Mexico Beyond Mariachi provides students with costumes and props to complement the show. Project outlines are available with goals and objectives for each day of the residency. As teaching artists, we have years of experience working with classes ranging in size from 5-25, making each student feel like a professional performing artist.