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For Immediate Release
April 26, 2001
Contact: Christina Newton, Director
804.782.8672
Maria Espiritu, Kaswa Artistic Director
804-744-1383

Artspace Goes International!
Latin American Folkdance Troupe Kaswa to Perform

RICHMOND, VA – Artspace is pleased to announce the performance of the Latin American Folkdance group, Kaswa on Saturday, May 12, 2001 at 5pm, at Artspace Gallery. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event, and are available at Artspace. Sitting is limited. "Penas," or celebration following the performance – dancing, vendors, and cash bar. For more information call Artspace at 804-782-8672 or go to artspacegallery.org

Kaswa is an ethnic group of Latin American dancers formed in Richmond, VA. Kaswa means "Dance of Elation" in Kechua, the language of the Peruvian Indians. The group was founded in 1992, and has been active in sharing a part of their Hispanic heritage and culture. One of the purposes of Kaswa is to promote cross-cultural activity to introduce the rapidly growing Latino population to young American children. As artistic diplomats they also promote respect and communication. One of the chief characteristics of the Latino culture is the important emphasis of family, friendship and community.

These folklorists represent such countries as Peru, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico and El Salvador. They perform dances originated from their Indian ancestry, with the occasional influence of Spain. Their presentation also includes explanations of the history of these native North, Central, and South American Indians. Their repertory includes a spectrum of choreography from their ancestors the Incas, the Aztecs and the Mayans, Mexican folklore, Afro-Peruvian to Cuban Mambo and Dominican Republic Merengue.

Kaswa has been touring throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia with the Virginia Commission of the Arts Touring Program, and were a Nominee for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts 2000.

More information is available on their performance page.

 
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