WHO WE ARE
Mexico Beyond Mariachi was created 15 years ago to address the needs of NYC communities to know more about traditional Mexican performance culture beyond the stereotype.
What seemed so obvious was being overlooked! While Mexican influence is all around us, what do people really know about the traditions of Mexico’s music and dance culture? Or the origins of the stories, legends and myths that are interwoven together? And how do we effectively communicate that knowledge to young audiences?
Responding to that need, MBM created an in-depth school perfromance and arts-in-education program that has reached over 100,000 students in over 250 schools and community venues on the East Coast.
Building on that success, MBM mounted their first full scale touring show for performing arts centers in 2015 to further help tell the story to young audiences and families nationwide. Now is the time to reach new audiences with our message of equity, tolerance and unity.
Mexico Beyond Mariachi premeired a new show SUGAR SKULL! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure in a successful nine city tour in fall 2018, which will be followed by a 30 city, two month cross country tour in fall 2019. The company will continue to offer TREKKING MEXICO, A Journey Through the Heartbeat of a Culture in specific markets.
A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure
Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita’s cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Meet Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton who dreams of riding the exclusive train to Who-Knows-Where. Along with her skeletal new friend, Vita dances with ancient ancestors, sings with a sorrowful sorceress, escapes the trickster Chaneques, and even meets the famous Catrina Calavera. But can this clever youth help him get on the train before it’s too late? Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect Fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike.
Journey through the Heartbeat of a Culture
Diving deep into folk traditions, both ancient and contemporary, this entertaining, educational and exciting show takes you on a historical and geographical journey through Mexican music and dance. From the drums of Tenochtitlan to the jaranas of Veracruz, and the jungles of Tabasco to the mountains of Guerrero, this multimedia show whisks you away on a joyful ride through this culturally vast republic.