The outdoor stage of the Ford Theatres in Hollywood will come alive with the color, music, and rhythm of Mexican history as the renowned Ballet Folklorico Ollin presents a special one-night performance of Retablos Del Pasado: Moments of Passion and Revolution on Saturday, August 17, at 8:00pm.
The new production by Southern California's longest-performing folklorico group depicts the passion, rebellion and liberation of Mexico during one of the country's most controversial periods, the Cristero Revolution of 1926-29, which was a widespread uprising to the anti-Catholicism policies of the Mexican government.
This dark period of Mexican history will be depicted in music and dance by 50 performers, including Ballet Ollin and the award-winning Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando.
"Through this performance we intend to introduce and raise public awareness of the diverse cultural beauty of Mexico through music, dance and the sharing of traditions," said Virginia Diediker, co-director of Ballet Ollin. "This performance will focus on a time period that is mostly lost in history, even in Mexico. As recently as 1980, it was difficult to find a single book that mentioned anything about the Cristero Revolution. This performance represents our contribution of bringing to light this period of Mexican history that has been hidden by a dark shadow for decades."
The Cristero story was dramatized in a motion picture, For Greater Glory, released in 2012 and starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria.
The performance has been written and choreographed by Diediker and co-director Francisco Javier Verdin. The show is based in the central Mexican mining town of Zacatecas and opens in the Nueva Espa??a period of Mexican history, when the country was strongly influenced by Baroque European tastes. The story features music from the early days of modern Mexican history, with strings, waltzes and a strong religious tone. It closes with the introduction of corridos (folk songs) and a fiesta as the revolution triumphs.
The richly-costumed production features specially-designed costumes from the Jalisco region as well as traditional mariachi instruments, including violins, vihuela, guitarr??n, trumpets and harp.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $12 for children and students. Tickets purchased before August 10 are $30. The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East. For tickets and more information about the 2013 Ford Summer Season, visit www.FordTheatres.org or call 323-461-3673.