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#400959 - 02/24/11 03:06 PM Mexican Dance Company Brings Contemporary Style
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The Institute of Creative Arts is currently hosting the internationally acclaimed dance company TUMAKAT from Mexico. The Mexican dance group is headed by Belizean Vania Duran from Benque Viejo and they are touring the country,

With its contemporary dance performance, the group is expected to keep a target audience of young people from the ages of 5 thru 14, fully engaged during their performances. We found out more today:…

Greg Vernon
"The Tumakat is a cultural exchange between Mexico and Belize. As you know we have a great relationship with Mexico and so we have identified Tumakat contemporary dance group and of course we at the institute of creative art and the national institute of culture and history is geared towards youth performances. As you could remember, we did the Ozzy and friend performances that toured through Belize and so we are trying to follow in that foot step."

"What it does it ties into our street art festivals of course you know that we will be doing a street art festival Saturday and this will introduce the IICA Nich calendar to the public and get them to know what is the bliss all about. What is the institute of creative art, what we are all about, what Nich does and we are opening it up and basically an open house to the public, and we are inviting the artist, we are having artist participations, through the streets of Belize, we are having food courts - children corners, and so this ties into going into our 2011-2012 calendar."

The TUMAKAT tour started today in Benque and Belmopan; and goes to Orange Walk tomorrow; Caye Caulker on Friday; San Pedro on Saturday and then Belize City on Sunday at the Bliss Center.

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#401038 - 02/25/11 03:27 PM Re: Mexican Dance Company Brings Contemporary Style [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline


The Institute of Creative Arts is hosting the internationally acclaimed dance company TUMAKAT from Mexico. The Mexican dance group is headed by Belizean Vania Duran from Benque Viejo. Yesterday they starting their tour in Benque Viejo and tonight, the dance company will present its show for audiences in Orange Walk Town. Gregory Vernon is the Director of the Institute of Creative Arts.

Gregory Vernon – Director, Institute of Creative Arts

“As you know we are doing a street art festival on Saturday on Albert Street and this will introduce our program for the Institute of Creative Arts and the National Institute of Culture and History. Inside there we are also having on tour right now the contemporary Tumakat dance company that have left Belmopan and now are on their way to Orange Walk where they will be performing tonight and tomorrow they go on to Caye Caulker and Saturday they will be in San Pedro and them Sunday they will be doing two shows here at the Bliss centre for Performing Arts. We are very proud doing the cultural exchanges with Mexico, of course we have a very dynamic cultural and artistic cultural exchange with the Mexican embassy and so we are very proud to have this group with us in closing our year and starting our new arts and culture year for 1112. This year, this company we are very proud because this company is under the directorship of a Belizean, Vania Duran and she hails from Benque in Cayo District and she has taken on the role of director for this company which is an international one because it has dancers from Brazil, Venezuela of course Belize and also Mexico and so we are very proud inviting this company to Belize performing here at the Bliss Center.”

With its contemporary dance performance, the group will be in Caye Caulker on Friday; San Pedro on Saturday and then Belize City on Sunday at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts.


#401044 - 02/25/11 03:33 PM Re: Mexican Dance Company Brings Contemporary Style [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Tumaka’t means family entertainment at the Bliss

Our friends north of the border are touring Belize with a spectacular show of contemporary dance. The show which hails from Merida in Mexico is called Tumaka’t and will involve dancing and pantomime. Belizean, Vania Duran, is the director of the show. News Five spoke to the Creative Industry Development Officer at the Institute of Creative Arts about the family show.

Jacklyn Castillo, Creative Industry Development Officer, ICA

Jacklyn Castillo,

“What is Tumaka’t? It’s an interesting word. It is basically a dance expressionist group that is coming from Merida under the direction of Vania Duran who is a local Belizean dance performer from Benque and she is also the sister of Ivan Duran. Basically the idea of Tumaka’t it’s like a pantomime kind of thing where they use dance expressions to play on the imagination of children and how to take that dance expression and put it on stage. They use different types of box pieces, different type of materials to just express that playful, cheerful child playing in a playground type of event. They are also going to be touring actually; today they are in Benque and Belmopan, tomorrow they are going to be in Orange Walk, on Friday they are going to be at Caye Caulker and on Saturday they are going to be in San Pedro. It’s for kids from ages six to you know how ever old you are—a kid at heart to enjoy just putting dance on stage and having a different cross cultural experience.”

Jose Sanchez

“You say it is cross cultural but it is not the traditional type of music you would expect.”

Jacklyn Castillo

“The music has a lot of I’d say Mestizo/Mayan influence because they are from Mérida. So it’s a little bit of a different type of music from what we are using here in Belize, but it definitely can tie into some of the cross cultural music that we have here with our own Maya Mestizo culture.”

Tumaka’t will be dancing in San Pedro, Orange Walk and in Belize City on Sunday with a three p.m. matinee and a main show at seven p.m. Feel free to call the Institute of Creative Arts for more information.

Channel 7


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