Founded in 2014, Vanessa Sanchez created “La Mezcla” to make a space for the creation of multi-disciplinary rhythmic collaborations that explore cultural identity and social justice. Drawing on both folkloric and contemporary dance styles, La Mezcla presents original work that is culturally rooted in Mexican and Chicano/a traditions, while relating to current social issues.
The current work, Pachuquismo, is a Tap/Son Jarocho exploration of the Zoot Suit Riots and early Chicanx culture. Based on the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, we explore early Chicano identity and experience as Pachucas who uniquely embraced the Jazz scene. Told through Mexican Zapateado and Rhythm Tap, we personalize the preservation of cultural identity through creative expression within a contested space. Exploring both Mexican and American cultures, “Pachuquismo” examines the widely spread prejudice and violence based on social and systematic racism from the perspective of the Pachuca.
La Mezcla performing as a part of Baile en la Calle 2018
A recipient of Akonadi Foundation’s Beloved Community Fund, La Mezcla has presented work in San Francisco Bay Area dance festivals including CubaCaribe, D.I.R.T. Dance Festival, and Xicana Moratorium. Most recently, Vanessa Sanchez and La Mezcla worked in collaboration with East Side Arts Alliance to produce “Bruja,” an evening of all female percussion exploring Chicana History from the 1940’s through today, featuring La Mezcla, Bien Firme and Chulita Vinyl Club.
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