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MEX I AM  Live it to believe it:
A FESTIVAL SHOWCASING THE CULTURAL GREATNESS
& INFLUENCE OF MEXICO
WITH THE BEST OF MEXICAN CULTURE, ARTS AND IDEAS

Presented by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, Conaculta
and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
July 31 – August 5 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

San Francisco, CA(May 28, 2014) – The Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, Conaculta and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are pleased to introduce MEX I AM: live it to believe it a first-of-its-kind festival showcasing the best of Mexico with a multidisciplinary array of inspiring leaders from the performing artsand academia. The celebratory weekend of music, dance, theater and ideas will run from Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater,700 Howard Streetin San Francisco.

Inspired by the past, yet reaching towards the future, MEX I AM will explore the best of contemporary Mexican culture, arts and ideas. Over the course of four days, the multidisciplinary festival will feature some of the most innovative Mexican performers from various genres and disciplines from opera to Latinjazz and from ballet to folk dance and more. MEX I AM will also feature Ideas:North & South of the Border a line-up of scientists, humanists and game changers that personify Mexico’s innovative spirit and leadership.

“The first MEXIAM: live it to believe it festival celebrates Mexico’s upward trajectory on the world stage – both culturally and economically and we want to celebrate it at the core of innovation,” said Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, Andres Roemer. “Mexico and the Bay Area are quickly moving up. With MEXIAM: live it to believe it, we are saying ‘Let’s move up together, let’s be part of the movement at the very center from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.’ Today all of California is MEXIAM.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Mexico on such a diverse lineup and engage our community with the wealth of Mexico’s culture in the 21st century”, said Isabel Yrigoyen, Music Curator and Associate Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center of the Arts. “Together, we can break new ground, reach new heights and create a better world.”

The performance line-up includes:

Thursday, July 31, 7pm – Dance & Opera Gala

Elisa Carillo – Soloist of the Berlin Staatsballet – An ambassador of Mexican culture around the world, Elisa Carillo is a native Mexican originally from Texcoco. She has been dancing since the age of nine, studying at the English National Ballet School before joining the Stuttgart Ballet and, eventually, the Berlin Staatsballet.

Alfredo Daza – Baritone with the Berlin Staatsoper – A native Mexican from Puebla, Alfredo Daza made his debut in the opera world at the young age of 16, winning the Carlo Morelli National Singing Competition. He went on to study music at the National Conservatory of Music. In 1998 he joined the San Francisco Opera Young Artists Program and has since performed at the best opera houses around the world, including those in Rome, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and London.

Friday, August 1, 5pm – Ideas: North & South of the Border
Mexico is an inventive, entrepreneurial and avant-garde country in the fields of science, art and culture. Ideas present the leading thinkers and game-changers in these fields in a series of performances, discussions and videos.

Horacio Franco – “The Keyboard Paths” – Flautist Horacio Franco is an internationally acclaimed master of his instrument and one of the most recognized Mexican artists in the world today.

José Hernández – “Stars Harvest” – California native José Hernández was selected by NASA in 2004 to be an astronaut. The son of immigrants, as a child in California’s Central Valley, Hernández grew up working in the fields and didn’t learn to speak English until he was 12. Nevertheless, he overcame this obstacle and attended the University of the Pacific, earning his degree in electrical engineering. He obtained his Masters from University of California Santa Barbara and went onto the crew of the Space Shuttle. After his Space Shuttle mission, Hernández worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Johnson Space Center.

Favianna Rodriguez– “Transnationalism, Migration and Social Justice” –Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational visual artist whose work depicts how women, migrants and outsiders are affected by global politics, economic inequality, patriarchy and interdependence. When Favianna is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009 she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

Ranulfo Romo – “Do we have free will or are we neurons’ puppets?” – International scholar Ranulfo Romo is a member of the World Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National College of Mexico. He is renowned for his discovery of how a sensation is transformed into a perception, memory and, finally, a decision.

Diana Gameros – “Melodies of a long return” – Indi and alternative Latin singer Diana Gameros is a favorite on the Bay Area music scene, particularly in the region’s activist community where she performs to raise community awareness and promote social justice.

Diana Gameros. La fuerza y la dulzura de la música “Indie”
http://perfilesdeamerica.com/diana-gameros-eterno-retorno-2/

Rosario Marin – “A leader between two worlds” – The first Mexican-American woman to serve as Treasurer of the United States, Rosario Marin was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001. After serving her historic tenure as U.S. Treasurer, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger named her Secretary of State in California.

Friday, August 1, 8pm – Music Performances

Tambuco – Percussion Ensemble – With an impressive four Grammy nominations, Tambuco is one of the most highly acclaimed percussion ensembles in the world today. Tambuco was formed in 1993 and, in addition to wining the Japan Foundation Award for Arts and Culture, has performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Ino Hall, Barbican Center, Radio France Festival, Berliner Festpiele and Queensland Music Festival.

Héctor Infanzón – “Citadino”– Born in the heart of Mexico City, Héctor Infanzón is an internationally renowned jazz musician and composer who has collaborated with numerous orchestras around the world, including the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, the Twilight Orchestra, the String Orchestra of the Rockies and the Tonkünstler Orchestra.

Saturday, August 2, 2pm – Monologue

Juana in a Million with Vicky Araico directed by NirPaldi
A powerful award-winning monologue by Vicky Araico exploring the true stories of immigrants in the UK. Actress Vicky Araico is a dynamic performer who has interpreted Scherezade in ‘Prophecy in the Future Tense’ at the Experimental Theater International Festival (Cairo, Egypt), Agrippina in ‘Bbritannicus’ at the Accidental Festival (London). Her monologue, ‘Juana in a Million’, has won the First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the United Solo Theatre Festival.

Saturday, August 2, 8pm – Music Performance & Electronic Audiovisual Collaboration

Natalia Lafourcade – Mexican singer, composer, music producer and actress Natalia Lafourcade signed with Sony Music at the young age of 17, and has gone on to build a remarkable career in music, cinema and television. A dynamic performer, Natalia has won two Latin Grammy awards for Best Alternative Album and Best Music Video.

Murcof + Simon Geilfus – An electronic audiovisual collaboration between Mexican composer Murcof and visual artist and software developer Simon Geilfus. The premier of the show for MEX I AM was originally in 2009 at the Manchester Futuresonic Festival and has since evolved on its travels to Theater of the City and the National Sound Archive in Mexico, the Hackney Empire in London, Arma 17 in Moscow, CmODA in Beijing and the Ravenna Classical Music Festival in Italy.

Sunday, August 3, 5pm– Dance Performance

60 Years of Ballet Folklórico de Amalia Hernández– This performanceis inspired by the essence of Mexican folklore, recreating it with diverse techniques of classic and modern dance and transporting it to the stage with spectacular results. Through the creativity and effort of Amalia Hernández, the Folkloric Ballet and its adjoining dance school were established more than six decades ago for training professional dancers and have represented the country in the most important venues around the world.

Monday, August 4

Upcoming events to announce

Tuesday, August 5

Mex Iam 2014 CLOSING CEREMONY

TICKETS
Available online atybca.org/mex-i-am
Thu/Sun Performances: $15-25
Fri/Sat Performances: $20-25
IDEAS SECTION: FREE with RSVP at www.ybca.org/RSVPideas

20% discounts available for all performances for Students/Seniors/Teachers/YBCA Members; Children 12 &Under $10 all performances; Group Ticket Prices (10 or more tickets) and 2-show discount passes are also available.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to ybca.org/mex-i-amor call 415-978-ARTS.
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico is responsible for Mexico’s foreign policy and has earned widespread international prestige by upholding the principles of non-intervention and self-determination for all nations. Its mission is to lead Mexico’s foreign policy through dialogue, cooperation, assistance to Mexicans abroad and the promotion of the nation, its identity and cultural expressions. The Ministry furthermore coordinates the international actions of the Federal Government.

By enhancing its capacities and innovation, the Ministry seeks to have Mexico offer a constructive presence in the world, through a responsible and active foreign policy that enables the achievement national goals.

CONACULTA
The National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) is the lead agency for Mexico’s cultural public policy. Its core responsibilities include the promotion and funding of artistic and cultural expressions through its various affiliated institutions: the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), and the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), among others.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, located in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, is one of the nation’s leading multidisciplinary contemporary arts centers. With a belief that contemporary art is at the heart of community life, YBCA brings audiences and artists of all backgrounds together to express and experience creativity. The organization is known for nurturing emerging artists at the forefront of their fields and presenting works that blend art forms and explore the events and ideas of our time. As part of its commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area, YBCA supports the local arts community and reflects the region’s diversity of people and thought through its arts and public programming.

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