Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014

Consulate General of Mexico, CONACULTA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts present MEX I AM live it to believe it

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MEX I AM: live it to believe it is the first festival of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area, showcasing the best performing arts, culture, and ideas from Mexico.

This four-day multi-disciplinary festival features some of the best Mexican performers from various genres and traditions, as well as presentations from some of the brightest and most influential Mexicans in their fields of expertise around the world.

A night of classical performance featuring the finest of artists from Mexico.

The festival begins Thursday July 31st at 7:00 pm with a star-studded evening of classical music and dance with performances by ballerina Elisa Carrillo, soloist at the State Ballet of Berlin, and baritone Alfredo Daza of the State Opera of Berlin with pianist Ángel Rodríguez, followed by a cocktail reception.

Elisa Carrillo and Alfredo Daza

Elisa Carrillo and Alfredo Daza

Mexico is an inventive, entrepreneurial, and avant-garde country in the fields of science, art, and culture. 

This section of the festival is a symbolic display of that innovative spirit.

On Friday August 1st at 5:00 pm, the show features: Horacio Franco, the keyboard path; José Hernández, Stars harvest; Favianna Rodriguez, Transnationalism, Migration and Social Justice; Ranulfo Romo, Do we have freewill or are we only our neurons puppets?; Diana Gameros, Melodies of a long return; Rosario Marín conference, A leader between two worlds.

Later on, at 8:00 pm the four-time Grammy nominees Tambuco and internationally renowned jazz pianist Héctor Infanzón light up the night with their smooth sounds and fascinating rhythms.



On Saturday August 2nd, at YBCA Theater, performer Vicky Araico is Juana in a Million 

Actress, dancer, and performer Vicky Araico took first prize at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 for her riveting solo performance Juana in a Million, about an undocumented immigrant’s quest to find a place to belong. Directed by Nir Paldi.

Music and Electronic Art

The 757-seat Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater is striking with its two-tier seating, dual-level lobbies, spacious stage, excellent sight lines and vast technical inventory; and at 8:00 pm Saturday night it will host Mexican artist Natalia Lafourcade.

Singer, composer, and two-time Latin Grammy award-winner Natalia Lafourcade brings her production Mujer Divina to the stage in a double bill with composer Murcof in collaboration with artist and software developer Simon Geilfus, for an eclectic and energetic evening of contemporary music from Mexico.

Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade

Gorgeous costumes and breathtaking formations keep coming, dance after dance…”

The MEX I AM festival closes on Sunday August with a spectacular performance by the world famous Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández—a symbol of Mexican culture worldwide—performing traditional and modern dance as well as music.

Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez

Ballet Folklorico de Amalia Hernandez 


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