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Mexico Beyond Mariachi Presents "Trekking Mexico" at White Eagle Hall

originally published: 04/05/2018

Mexico Beyond Mariachi Presents "Trekking Mexico" at White Eagle Hall

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Instead of building walls, Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) embraces and celebrates our diversity society. The people and their many different cultural traditions of Mexico take center stage at White Eagle Hall when Mexico Beyond Mariachi (MBM) returns to Jersey City with a new interactive, bilingual theatrical production: Trekking Mexico, which will be presented on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00pm.

Presented through JCTC-KIDS, JCTC’s youth and family programing division, this family friendly, interactive production takes audiences on an unforgettable journey deep into the heartbeat of Mexican Culture, both ancient and contemporary. Trekking Mexico is an entertaining, educational and exciting expedition through Mexican music and dance and storytelling – from the drums of Tenochtitlan to the jaranas (Mexican-styled guitars) of Veracruz and from the jungles of Tabasco to the mountains of Guerrero. This multimedia show whisks young and old alike away on a joyful ride through the culturally vast republic of America’s southern neighbor. 

Trekking Mexico uses authentic costumes, dance, music and stories that are very true to the historical and cultural identity of Mexico,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “Diversity in our programming is essential to JCTC’s mission . When you enable young people to experience the dance, music and stories of other cultures, they grow more tolerant and intellectually curious.”

MBM is a Music and Dance company, whose theatrical productions are a redefining the perception of Mexican culture for the next generation – Trekking Mexico is a bilingual, family friendly, interactive multimedia performance show told through storytelling, live music and dance. MBM was created 15 years ago as way for audiences to experience traditional Mexican performance culture. Its original mission was to create in-depth arts in education and school performance programing – reaching more than 100,00 students in over 250 schools – by 2015 the company mounting a full scale touring shows playing performing arts centers and theaters. Last October, JCTC-KIDS brought MBM to White Eagle Hall for its acclaimed production, Dia de Los Muertos.

According to Peter Basil Bogdanos, Co-founder, Executive Director of MBM, and a long-time North Bergen resident, where Dia de los Muertos focused on the stories and legends surrounding the Day of the Dead holiday, the new Trekking Mexico “is a 600 year journey that begins in the fascinating world of Mesoamerican civilization, then continues chronologically, illustrating through music, dance, and storytelling how time, geography, climate and foreign influences have affected folk traditions to the present day.” 



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Bogdanos added, "We are excited to be returning to JCTC with our Trekking Mexico show. We are thankful for JCTC giving voice to a concert focused on family audiences that celebrates the diversity of the surrounding community. Join us on this fast paced trek into the heart of Mexico."

“Equal parts artistic and educational, Mexico Beyond Mariachi re-defines the interactive entertaining experience, engaging and captivating audiences of all ages,” said Gayle Schmidt, Director of Public Education, New York Botanical Garden. “Each member brings a unique and personal aspect to the stage, creating cohesive, well-balanced, and engaging performances. A pure delight to watch!”

Jersey City Theater Center, Inc. (JCTC) presents programming at Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall. JCTC is a nonprofit, 501c3 arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about the important topics of our times through innovative and progressive performing and visual arts that celebrates diversity, bringing communities closer together and enhancing the quality of life. 

White Eagle Hall is located at 335-337 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey.





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Event calendar
Friday, Oct 19, 2018


MUSIC

COVEY @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

PIMPS OF JOYTIME WITH WAITING ON MONGO @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 8:00pm

THE DAMNED WITH RADKEY AND THE DARTS @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

The Early November @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Kid Rock @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

Real Diamond- Tribute to Neil Diamond @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Abbie Gardner at the Minstrel @ Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown - 7:30pm

SHA NA NA @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

DALA @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

The Psychedelic Furs @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm







THEATRE

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

CDC Theatre presents A Few Good Men @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

Wait Until Dark @ Somerset Valley Playhouse, Hillsborough - 8:00pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Bow Tie Cinemas (Hoboken), Hoboken - 11:30pm

Roxey Ballet's Dracula @ Roxey Ballet Canal Studio Theater, Lambertville - 7:00pm

World Premier of, HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, A Horror of a Play @ Forum Theatre (Metuchen), Metuchen - 8:00pm

The Color Purple @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 8:00pm

Dracula @ The Baird Theatre on Three, South Orange - 7:30pm

Almost, Maine @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 7:30pm

Black Tom Island @ The 1882 Carriage House, Liberty Hall Museum, Union - 8:00pm

*Uncle Vanya, Scenes from a Jersey Life in Four Acts @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 8:00pm


DANCE

Coppélia @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm


FILM

New Jersey Film Festival @ Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick - 7:00pm


POETRY

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 9:00am


MISC

THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

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