La Mezcla is a multi-disciplinary rhythmic ensemble whose work is rooted in Latinx traditions and social justice. Founded in 2013 by Vanessa Sanchez, La Mezcla created a space to utilize folkloric and contemporary dance training and to tell the untold stories of marginalized communities of color on stage. Through elaborate rhythmic arrangements and choreography, performances by La Mezcla cross musical genres and dance styles. Members include Tap dancers, Son Jarocho dancers, Jazz musicians and Mexican Folkloric musicians.
The current work, Pachuquísmo portrays the experiences of las pachucas through tap dance, Son Jarocho, live music and video projection. With the all-female cast donning full zoot suits, the performance challenges gender roles and pulls the narrative of the Zoot Suit Riots out of the male-centered context. A multi-disciplinary show that was made for a full theater, Pachuquísmo explores history, culture, and rhythm through the lense of the Mexican American pachucas that American society tried to overlook.
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. In September 2017, 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. In September 2018, La Mezcla premiered the full length version of Pachuquismo at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco.
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