Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla

At outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage: Aug 17

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This performance took place on August 17, 2022. Scroll for more information.

La Mezcla is a polyrhythmic, multidisciplinary San Francisco-based dance and music ensemble rooted in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous traditions and social justice. Founded in 2014 by Dance/USA Artist Fellow Vanessa Sanchez, the grassroots group brings together Tap, Son Jarocho, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to share the often unseen histories and experiences of communities of color on stages, streets, and fields. In their Jacob’s Pillow debut, the company performed selections from Pachuquísmo, a multi-disciplinary, rhythmic performance with a live band that unveiled a forgotten history of Mexican-American female youth, and explored the struggles that communities of color continue to face today, through a blend of tap dance, Mexican zapateado, Son Jarocho music, and jazz.

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