Composer Silvestre Revueltas
Choreographer. Noe Sedeno
Musical Director Eduardo Angulo
Libretto/ Story Brian Peterman
Lyricist/ Translations Manuel Sotomayor
Translations Gamaliel Ruiz
Artistic Producer Brian Peterman
Assistant Artistic Producer Marco Esccer
Catrina, Dia de Muertos , a ballet in 3 acts .
Copyright pending , WGA West Registry # 1911936
The plot of Catrina takes place in a small city in southern Mexico. It is the 1910-1920 revolution. The action takes place during one day in late October on All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead. It is the story of a Mexican family as it tries to rise in position and survive the political turmoil of the times. 1910 is the beginning of the Mexican revolution. Loyalties to positions of established power came under question. Primarily it is the story of the conflict within the main character; Catrina and tries to explain the emergence of the Catrina we know today.
Catrina - Mezzo who can dance.
Coatlique ( only visible to Catrina ) Maximo from time to time. She is invisible to everyone else.
Maximo - Catrina’s husband: works for hacienda owner. Security for Rurales.
Catrina’s teenage children 12-14 yr old ballet students 3 family, 9 others
Jesus - Hacienda owner
Maria - Hacienda owners wife
Pablo - drinking priest
Old couple - walk-ons. 2 classic old mexican couple. They just wander in and out of each scene. No dancing or singing.
Catrina - mezzo is a middle aged housewife with 3 children who aspires to move up in class of her city. She is humble, strong, oppressed obeys her husband and worships her children. She is aware of the Gods and spirits around her in nature. She works from morning to night, selling flowers, cleaning, cooking, loving her family. She even endures having sex with her husband. She is highly religious and conflicted with the Gods and Spirits she sees in her mind. She is in conflict with Coatlicue inside her. She abhors violence, revenge, hatred, but feels them all deeply. She is deeply conflicted between forces she does not understand.
Lurking within Catrina is the Azteca goddess; Coatlicue. It is her internal conflict. Maximo, Catrina's husband feels the forces of Coatlicue inside Catrina and is attracted to her dark side.
Coatlicue/ Catrina - dancer
Coatlicue represents the cycle of death and life. She lives within Catrina. She is the blood of the Aztec culture. Coatlicue leads Catrina to accept and embrace death. Coatlicue has murdered her own children. They murder her in the end and the cycle continues. Only Catrina can see her, but Maximo senses her inside of Catrina. She is the blood of the Aztec culture in the soil of Mexico. She wants Catrina to forget her religion, morals, family and join her in the Aztec spirit world.
Maximo - Catrina's husband - dancer
Catrina's childhood sweet heart. He is poor but has risen in the ranks of the Rurales of Porfirio Diaz. With the extra money from Catrina's flower sales they are improving their life. Maximo loves Catrina and his children, he has lost his moral center. He has no faith in anything. Maybe he never did? He eventually kills his own children and is left a completely broken man.
Maria, Hacienda owners wife.- dancer.
Arrogant, heartless. She is the maintainer of social stability. She is against anyone rising up in class. She is at the top and everyone else is at the bottom. She believes this is how society remains healthy and strong. For her this is family values and tradition.
Jesus, Hacienda owner- dancer.
The hacienda owner was in effect a feudal lord before the revolution. The peasants worked the land that they did not own. All the produce was the property of the Owner. Jesus inhearited his position. He sees himself as the generous father of all his children. Unfortunately they don't see it that way. He just wants to have fun, make parties and celebrations. He has no evil intentions, he just doesn't know there is any other reality. For him, times are good. Maria and Jesus do not have any children and love it when the children are dancing in the streets. They are jealous of Catrina and her children.
Priest drunkard - dancer . Saintly austere revolutionary priest who is drunk most of the time. He goes on rants. Sometimes dangerously stepping over the line. He loves the children but wants to use them for his revolution. Something they really don't understand. It is the priest who leads the protest that results in the slaughter of the youthful protestors, including Catrina's own sons.
General Portofio Diaz - dancer
In his mind, he has saved Mexico. He almost rules by divine right. Arrogant, regal, ruthless. Intelligent and visionary. He wanted to bring Mexico into the advanced industrial age. Trains, electricity, infrastructure. But all without the support of the people. They did not own their land. They were serfs. Portofio saw himself as the stern father controlling his unruly children. Doing it all for 'their' good.
Three Children of Catrina and Maximo + 6 friends. Total 9 dancers 12-16 yrs old.
A bunch of young children. The ballet opens with them running around aimlessly on the stage. Get as many as you can control. There are several places for them to be on stage during celebrations and the finale.