The festival was established in Guadalajara in 1998 to honor contemporary dancer and choreographer, Onésimo González, born in Monterrey in 1935.
The International Onésimo González Contemporary Dance Festival took an international turn becoming the only contemporary dance event of its kind carried out in the state of Jalisco. Successfully accepted by the dance community as an opportunity for updating their knowledge through contact with domestic and international conjunctures, its aim is to offer a venue to promote training, research and artistic work in contemporary dance, bringing together top dancers and trainers at regional, domestic and international levels, and increase the number of performances by new companies, as well as the number of attendees.
The 12th International Festival of contemporary dance is taking place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from October 24 – November 2, with participation from four dance groups in Jalisco, and eight national groups. The festival will include dance performances and conferences discussing the art of dance in Mexico. All events are free.
The inauguration of this year’s event in Puerto Vallarta will take place in the Teatro Theater with the choreography “What the body does not remember”, from Wim Vandekeybus, from the “Last Time” dance company in Belgium, on October 26 at 7:00 pm. Also on the program are dance companies from Mexico City, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Yucatan, as well as the Youth Ballet of Jalisco as a special guest.
Among the expeditions of this year’s festival is the styles of emerging dance, contemporary, and experimental. “We have prepared, through the guardianship of Eleno Guzmán, a look at Europe this year,” said Sandra Soto, event coordinator.
“It is an edition in which for the first time, we have an expert curator in the movement of the dance at the international level; Eleno Guzmán, also a dancer that is one of the most important in recent years in contemporary dance,” said Alvaro Abitia Caves, Director General of Artistic and Cultural Development.