Folklorico show at Downey Theatre

DOWNEY - Critically-acclaimed dance company Danza Floricanto/USA will present its newest production, "Alma Llanera - Spirit of the Plains," at the Downey Theatre on March 26.Under the direction of Gema Sandoval, the 12-member troupe will adapt the classic Chicano novel, "Bless Me Ultima," into a dance. "The result is a thrilling exploration of a young boy's rite of passage into manhood as he straddles two cultures and finds the importance of the values that span across our cultural divide," production officials said in a press release. The production took 18 months of preparation, and blends traditional Mexican folk dance with indigenous African and contemporary dance renditions. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or visit

********** Published: March 10, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 47