BALLET FOLKLORICO DEL PACIFICO

For immediate release: 10/17/96

Contact: Diane Turner,
Marketing Coordinator
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
(323) 343-6610

Ballet Folklórico Del Pacífico Brings Life
To Mexico, Its People, Legends And Myths,
at Luckman Theatre On October 26

Los Angeles, CA -- October 17, 1996 -- Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico's 40 dancers and musicians combine intensive training in classical ballet, modern dance and Mexican folk dance to provide a wonderful and varied spectacle of color, rhythms and unfailing energies. They perform Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Theatre.

"We want to bring life to the people, their legends and myths so that everyone may enjoy the richness that defines Mexico," says founders Jose Vences and Adriana Astroga-Gainey.

Their repertoire for the Luckman includes dances from Michoacán, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Guerrero, Chiapas, Jalisco and a debut of a suite of dances from the state of Morelos.

Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico was founded in January, 1992 with the dual purpose of inspiring multicultural awareness within the Los Angeles community and fostering an appreciation for its members' Mexican heritage. The professional quality dance company presents choreographies which have their foundations in traditional Mexican folk dances and are combined with colorful costumes and authentic music to provide audiences with an exciting tour of Mexico.

Critics have called their performances "unbelievably outstanding," "the highlight of the program," and exhibiting a "welcome style, flair and presence, swirling in gorgeous costumes."

Ticket prices for Ballet Folklórico del Pacífico are $30/$25 general and $12 student/senior. For tickets call TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000 or (805) 583-8700. Luckman box office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or a Luckman season brochure, call (323) 343-6610. Access the Luckman Fine Arts Complex through Cal State L.A.'s home page /sites/default/files/._

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California. The Complex is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway, on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles. Luckman's beautiful red brick structure houses a performing arts theatre and fine arts gallery, now in their third season. Luckman Fine Arts Gallery - free to the public - is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

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