Fourth viñeta: Norte. “La Danza del Venado”

While most pieces of the repertoire of ballet folklórico companies portray the mestizo identity in pieces such as Veracruz and Jalisco, there are some that carry the ideology of indigenismo to show the most “exotic” aspects of the indigenous communities. “Danza del Venado” is a ceremonial dance of the Yaqui community that has been wrongfully appropriated by most ballet folklórico companies. By stylizing the piece through the infusion of ballet and modern dance technique, ballet folklórico practitioners silence and oppress a community that has been historically marginalized and butchers the symbolic meaning of the traditional dance.