The Umbrella Men from Dances of Mexico

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Artist: Carlos Mérida, Guatemalan, 1891-1984
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14 1/2 x 11 3/4in (36.8 x 29.8cm)
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Gift of Susan Toomey Frost
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The name of this dance is derived from the umbrella shaped headdresses worn by the dancers. It is post-Spanish, of mixed style and Carnival character, performed in the state of Tlaxcala. The costumes are showy and elaborate, reminiscent of oriental clothing; curiously appropriate to the music, which is full of echoes of the French nineteenth century. The dancers perform in "quadrilles" of groups, developing a great variety of steps and turns, all amiable and elegant. There are nevertheless strongly virile phases of the dance, as when whips are used to mark the beat. Wind and string instruments produce the music, in which the tunes of the early nineteenth century predominate.
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