Guillermo Arriaga

(b. 1926)

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(b Mexico City, 4 Jul. 1926)

Mexican dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at the National Ballet of Mexico and at the Mexican Dance Academy, later with Limón, Humphrey, Cunningham, Craske, Bolm, La Meri, and others. He danced with various companies including those of Lettie Carroll and Enrique Vela Quintero and in 1953 founded his own group, Contemporary Ballet. In 1956 he founded the Mexican Ballet and in 1958 the Popular Ballet of Mexico which he both directed and performed with until 1964. The company increasingly moved away from modern to folkloric dance and in 1964 Arriaga founded the Folkloric Ballet of Mexico which toured widely around the world. His most enduring work, Zapata (mus. Moncayo, 1953), was a celebration of Mexico's national hero, Emiliano Zapata. In 1983 he was appointed director of the Dance Department of the National Institute of Fine Arts where he founded the Dance Research, Documentation and Archives Centre and from 1985 to 1987 directed the National Dance Company.

Subjects: Dance.

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