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August 30, 2010
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Queens Theatre in the Park
Calpulli Danza Mexicana
September 25-26, 2010
Queens Theatre in the Park (QTP) presents Calpulli Danza Mexicana on Saturday, September 25 at 8pm, and Sunday, September 26 at 3pm at Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY. Tickets are $27 and are available at www.queenstheatre.org
or by phone at 718-760-0064. The performance is sponsored by American Express as part of the American Express Cultural Heritage Series and includes a post-show talkback and Q&A with the artists.
New York City’s own Mexican Dance Company returns to Queens Theatre after two completely sold-out runs. With elaborate costumes and insistent rhythms, Calpulli captures the passion and essence of Mexico with joyous, exuberant dance and thrilling live music. This year’s performance features several debut pieces, including a spectacular finale celebrating the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence.
“The special opportunity to celebrate such an important time in Mexican history inspired our artists to create more than ever this year,” says Managing Director Juan Castaño. “Not since our first three years as a company have so many new pieces been in development. It will be a great surprise for Calpulli fans who have seen the company grow through the years.”
Calpulli Danza Mexicana is in its seventh performance season at Queens Theatre in the Park after consecutive seasons of sold out performances. The organization was founded in 2003 by a group of Mexican and Mexican-American artists living in New York City who shared a vision to share the rich diversity of Mexican dance and make it relevant to life in New York City. After its performance at Queens Theatre in the Park, the company will perform for the first time on the west coast of the United States at the California Institute of Technology in
Calpulli Danza Mexicana (also known as Calpulli Mexican Dance Company) is a 501(c)3 organization based in New York City. Its mission is to teach and produce dance-based programming incorporating music and theatre to promote the rich diversity of Mexican cultural heritage. To this end, the company produces professional performances and tours, arts education programming, and community outreach activities including its award-winning, donation-based children's dance program. For additional information about the artists, please visit www.calpullidance.org
Major support was received from the New York State Council on the Arts, the McGraw Foundation, El Diario de México, Rosa Mexicano Restaurant, El Diario La Prensa, and Jarritos. Calpulli’s works are made possible in part by a space grant from the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Center. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Tickets are available:
* Online at www.queenstheatre.org
* By phone at 718-760-0064, Tue-Sat, 12-6pm.
* In person at Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY.
* Subscriptions: Become a Theatre or Dance Subscriber by ordering tickets to all four Theatre Series events or all four Dance Series events and enjoy significant savings off the ticket price.
* Multi Show: Order any three or more shows and earn the multi show discount price. This discount is available for any show this season. There is no limit on the number of tickets you can purchase at this discount. If you are already a Theatre or Dance Subscriber or have purchased at least two shows this season, you have already earned this discount on additional ticket purchases.
* Groups: Contact group sales associate Barbara Matovu at 718-760-0064 x128 for groups of 15 or more.
Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, NY.
By Subway: Take the 7 train to Mets–Willets Point stop. Exit and turn left after passing through turnstile, walk downstairs on the parking lot side and follow the theatre shuttle signs. Take free trolley to the Theatre. Trolley runs for one hour before and after all performances.
By Car: Take the Grand Central Parkway to exit 9E (from Manhattan) or 9P (from Long Island) and follow the signs for the Theatre. Free parking in adjacent lot.
About Queens Theatre in the Park
Queens Theatre in the Park is committed to presenting performing arts that provide audiences with the highest quality work. QTP also produces new plays, with a concentration on up-and-coming directors and playwrights. QTP has broadened the experience of its core audience to include works by under-recognized artists from around the world and works that tap into the diverse communities of Queens.
Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the New York State Pavilion designed for the 1964 World’s Fair by Philip Johnson. The Pavilion was converted to a theatre in 1972 and was operated by various organizations until 1985. QTP was officially established in 1989 with the full support of the community and the Queens Borough President. After a $4 million renovation that brought full ADA compliance, the Theatre officially opened to the public in 1993 in a facility that allows it to stage productions equal to those of any Off-Broadway house in Manhattan in its 464-seat main stage theatre and its 99-seat studio theatre. What was then a small cabaret-style theater with an operating budget of under $500,000 has transformed itself into a major performing arts center with exhibition galleries with a projected operating budget of $3.5 million for FY10.
QTP became an independent nonprofit in 1997. It is a member of the Cultural Institutions Group receiving support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Theatre presents and produces 300 performances annually. QTP serves 100,000 people annually who reflect the rich demographics of its community population. Currently 75% of the Theatre’s constituency is from Queens. In addition to its own season, QTP frequently provides its space for use by community arts organizations and local promoters.
QTP is soon to complete a $23 million physical transformation of the Theatre with funding provided by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and The Council of the City of New York. This major capital investment has added a 75-seat cabaret performance space with a full service cafe and ******* facility; created a dramatic new 3,000 square foot lobby/reception area; provided new visitor amenities and improved the facility’s accessibility. These improvements will transform Queens Theatre in the Park into a destination for the residents of the Borough and beyond.
Bank of America is the proud lead corporate partner for the new cabaret at Queens Theatre in the Park.
Theatre and Dance Programs are supported by The New York Community Trust.
Major Support for The Immigrant Voices Project is provided by The Greenwall Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.
The JP Morgan Chase Foundation provides funding for the Latino Cultural Festival & year-long Latin programming.
Funding for Dance Programming is provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
Additional Program Support provided by Bloomberg, the David Schwartz Foundation, RBC Wealth Management and the Shubert Foundation.
American Express is the presenting Sponsor of the American Express Cultural Heritage Series.
Con Edison is the official Sponsor of Queens Theatre in the Park’s website: www.queenstheatre.org
Con Edison is the presenting Sponsor of the Immigrant Voices Project.
Queens Center is the presenting Sponsor of the Kids’ Corner.
Astoria Federal Savings is the presenting Sponsor of Celebrity Events.
Funding for the Onstage Program at JHS 185 and the Westbury Middle School is provided by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.
Deutsche Bank has awarded a 2-year “Art & Enterprise” Stabilization grant to Queens Theatre in the Park.
Delta Air Lines is the official airline of Queens Theatre in the Park.
Time Warner Cable is an official media sponsor of Queens Theatre in the Park.
For more information, visit www.queenstheatre.org