Sonoran musical group Antares. Photo: LBM


The prestigious Sonoran modern dance company Antares is slated to perform a limited presentation of one of its most famous repertoires, “Las Buenas Maneras” (“Good Manners”), at Mexico City’s Raúl Flores Canelo Theater inside the National Center for the Arts on Oct. 1, 2 and 3.

It will be the first live performance by the group in the Mexican capital since the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

The abstract, large-format extravaganza, choreographed and directed by the company’s founder and leader Miguel Mancillas, will include the participation of 15 members of the Antares company.

The theme of the “Good Manners” dance play, which is performed to Franz Listz’ morbidly haunting “Totentanza” orchestration, is a confrontation and reevaluation of sexual stereotypes in a socially evolving world.

Using reversed gender expectations and a juxtaposition of role-playing, the dance redefines “acceptable” behavior and dress for men and women.

And in a revised interpretation for the October performances, the dance also reflects the impact of social distancing as a result of the global covid-19 pandemic, and examines how this has changed human interaction as a whole.

The performances will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.

The Raúl Flores Canelo Theater is located inside the National Center for the Arts, at Río Churubusco and Tlalpan, in Colonia Country Club.

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