Mexican Music

A journey into beautiful Mexican music from the 1800s to the 1940s featuring costuming from Pineda Covalin.

Fernandez envisioned a piece that would celebrate the Company’s return to the stage and his own Mexican heritage.

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Choreographer | David Fernandez

David Fernandez is an acclaimed choreographer, most notably creating Five Variations on a Theme for New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Joaquin De Luz. The work premiered as part of the Kings of the Dance tour. It was performed to standing ovations in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa. Other notable choreography commissions include pieces created for leading dancers of the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Kings of the Dance Tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Youth America Grand Prix Gala Concert, and many others. Fernandez is an award-winning filmmaker: his latest dance-on-film accomplishments include the Los Angeles Olympus Film Festival Award for Best Public Service Announcement. His award-winning short, Moving Though It — Phases of an Emergency Through Dance, uses a revolutionary approach of making a public service announcement through dance. Conceived and directed by Fernandez, the project was commissioned and sponsored by the NYC Emergency Management and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.


Music includes “Sobre Las Olas” Juventino Rosas, “Atzimba” Ricardo Castro, and “Huapango” Jose Pablo Moncayo.

Costume Design | Pineda Covalin and Janessa Cornell Urwin

Cristina Pineda and Ricardo Covalin founded PINEDA COVALIN in 1996 with the main objective of sharing with the world the wealth of Mexico, its traditions, cultures and natural beauty represented on their designs. They exalt the cultural richness of Mexico through colors, patterns and forms, which allude to Huichol prints, the Monarch Butterfly, Day of the Dead and other traditions.

Janessa Cornell Urwin (Costume Designer) began her career as a ballet dancer before transitioning into costuming. She has designed costumes for numerous classical ballets and contemporary dance pieces for American Repertory Ballet, Stockton University Dance Program, Traverse City Dance Project, The Nutmeg Ballet, Rutgers University, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, and Nacre Dance Company, among others. She has worked with esteemed choreographers Kirk Peterson, Starr Foster, Riccardo De Nigris, Michael Nickerson-Rossi, and Meredith Rainey. Urwin also has a short film design credit and has designed for Athena Theatre Company. She holds a certificate in Costume Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Most recently she designed Ethan Stiefel’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the costumes for Movin’ + Groovin’. Urwin is also ARB’s Wardrobe Supervisor.

Lighting Design | Jason Flamos

Jason Flamos (Lighting Designer) Credits include: (Mile Square Theatre) Pipeline, I and You, It’s a Wonderful Life, The 39 Steps, Betrayal; (Shakespeare Theater NJ) William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play; (10 Hairy Legs) Heist, Cruise Control, Brian, Quadrivium; (Thingamajig Theatre Company) The Pillowman, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, A Few Good Men. Flamos was the Associate Lighting Design for the Off-Broadway productions of Clever Little Lies and The Other Josh Cohen at Westside Theater, F***ing A at Signature Theater, The Producers and Benny and Joon at Paper Mill Playhouse, and Rags at Goodspeed Opera. He was the lighting supervisor for 10 Hairy Legs and is the current lighting supervisor at American Repertory Ballet.

Photos by Eduardo Patino.NYC

Running Time

18 minutes, 15 seconds

Number of performers

8 dancers

Tech Rider

Available upon request