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Folklórico! (1987)

Felicia Kongable

Sound | 1987

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  •  The dancers of the Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio 
  •  The development of folklórico stage performances in the United States 
  •  The dance takes on new significance during the Chicano movement 
  •  The issue of authenticity 
  •  Preparing for a performance at the San Antonio River Walk 
  •  The dancers take the stage 
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This educational video from 1987 takes a closer look at the development and purpose of folklórico, or traditional Mexican dance, in the United States. Focusing on dancers from the Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio, the video looks back at the emergence of folklórico stage performances during the Mexican Revolution and its importance during the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It also surveys the many reasons why Mexican-American dancers choose to participate in folklórico, from connecting to and learning about one’s cultural heritage to preserving ethnic identity. At the conclusion of the film, the dancers perform at the San Antonio River Walk. This video was written and produced by donor Felicia Kongable.