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Los Angeles, United States
by Margarita Galban & Lina Montalvo
Salon Mexico was a night club in Mexico City in the 1930’s and 40’s where the dance craze of that time the Danzon flourished. The night club was visited by the vast majority of the population: The rich and famous, politicians, police officials, artists, infamous criminals, aristocrats and movie moguls. Mercedes danced with the patrons of the club for money. Paco, enamored of her, was possessive and domineering. There was a dance contest, offering a money prize and a voyage to Havana. Mercedes and Paco were the best dancers and the dance becomes a life and death struggle for them.
Salon Mexico portrays the life in Mexico City, Diego Rivera; the famous muralist regularly frequented the cabaret, as well as Aaron Copland the composer who wrote the Suite of the same name. Movie directors Juan Orol, and Emilio Fernandez, ‘el Indio’ were also regulars at the cabaret.
421 North Avenue 19
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts
The mission of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) is to serve communities by presenting classic Spanish language drama and contemporary plays on Hispanic themes to English- and Spanish-speaking audiences, thereby bringing awareness of the diversity of the Hispanic culture through theater. Within this mission, BFA provides educational resources and training opportunities in the performing arts.
BFA’s vision is to positively affect the image and self-esteem of Hispanic people; to influence the inclusion of Hispanic cultural arts in public school curricula; to share the beauty of Hispanic drama with the entire community; and to create a pool of talented well-trained, experienced Hispanic theater artists.