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A Revolution in MovementDancers, Painters, and the Image of Modern Mexico$
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K. Mitchell Snow

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066554

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066554.001.0001

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The Golden Age of Mexican Modern Dance

The Golden Age of Mexican Modern Dance

Miguel Covarrubias and the Academia de la Danza Mexicana

(p.199) 9 The Golden Age of Mexican Modern Dance
A Revolution in Movement

K. Mitchell Snow

University Press of Florida

To help him shape the dance component of the new Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), Carlos Chávez invited the leading exponents of Mexico’s opposing camps of modern dancers to assist him, along with an array of painters, composers, and writers. As part of INBA’s charge to create a universal culture attractive to international audiences, and at a time the U.S. was promoting modern dance as part of its WWII propaganda efforts in the Americas, Chávez’s team created a modern-dance focused Academy of Mexican Dance. Chávez would soon appoint polymath artist Miguel Covarrubias to lead INBA’s dance department, ushering in a “golden age” for Mexican modern dance. INBA underwrote lavish productions by internationally recognized choreographer José Limón, it also extended similar support to its novice choreographers who mounted productions with scores by its leading composers and scenic designs by its most famous artists.

Keywords:   Academy of Mexican Dance, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Carlos Chávez, Miguel Covarrubias, José Limón, dance, choreographers

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