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Sonajas (rattle dances), Jarabes, and Diana
Performed by: Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco
Discipline:
Sones Antiguos
Performed In: 2000 People Like Me

Instruments Used
Maracas

Ensambles Ballet FolkloricoIn People Like Me 2000, Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco performed dances from the warm and tropical region of Michoacán called Apatzingan, where the folk songs and dances ideally celebrate their happiness, and a deep connection to life and nature.

The dances and songs they presented are "Sonajas" (rattle dances), Jarabes or Jarabillos, and Diana, which are all known as Sones antiguos de Michoacán, (Old traditional songs of Michoacán). The scenes that we see in these sones antiguos are based on the celebration of the harvest, joy and thanksgiving for the work that has been completed. This explains the dancers' motives for their movements expressing gladness and freedom. These dances and music could be witnessed during the celebration to the "Virgin de Acahuato," the patron saint, celebrated on February 2, or during the feria de Apatzingán. Sones antiguos de Michoacán have sounds and footwork called zapateo influenced by the jota and sarabanda from Spain. The zapateo is done by stamping the feet in time with the music. The jarabes also contain descansos (rests) in the music and dance, at which time the music slows down and the zapateo is replaced by walking gracefully in time with the music. For stage and choreographic purposes, the walking is done by more elaborate movements of the body, including faldeo (skirt movements), with barefoot girls in swirling skirts keeping time to the lilting melodies.

 



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