Elon to welcome Mexican scholars for performance of ‘¡Ah pa´calaca!’

Members of the Theater of Fine Arts from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP or Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla) presenting ¡Ah pa´calaca! at Elon on Nov. 18.

The Visual, Theater, and Dance Companies from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Puebla, México, will visit North Carolina this month.

A five-member performing group from UPAEP will be performing at Elon on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Isabella Cannon Room in the Center for the Arts. All Elon community members are invited. The performance is free and no tickets are required.

The show, “¡Ah pa´calaca!,” combines theater, plastic arts and dance to represent a traditional Lottery scene and cultural celebrations related to the Day of the Dead. The show lasts 55 minutes and is designed for all audiences.

The visiting scholars have received a university grant to travel to North Carolina and present the “¡Ah pa´calaca!” show for cultural and educational purposes. The group will be also present on Friday, Nov 15 at 7 p.m. at Burning Coal in Raleigh.

A video recording in Spanish of the group members who are visiting NC may be viewed here.

The event is organized by Assistant Professor of Human Services Studies Carmen Monico and performing arts student Alex Segarra. It is endorsed by the Global Neighborhood, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Performing Arts, and supported by El Centro and the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education (CREDE). ‘