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La Llorona en Xochimilco

Xochimilco’s Weeping Woman Makes for an Unforgettable Night Out.

For it’s 26th season, the performance of La Llorona de Xochimilco invites audiences to the Xochimilco canals for a mystical journey into the pre-Hispanic past even as the October and November moon is shining bright platinum down from above.

La Llorona, (the Weeping Woman of Xochimilco) is a performance of contemporary music using modern and historical instruments. All songs are in the Nahuatl language, (so most audience members won’t understand either ie; don’t worry). The dance and theater is in a traditional pre-Hispanic style, using the natural scenery of the Xochimilco Chinampera area, in the Tlílac Lagoon, and so a short ride through the canals is necessary to arrive at the performance site.

The staging takes place during October and November, to take advantage of the atmosphere created by the Day of the Dead festivities and makes for magical, even unreal performances.

The “La Llorona” production is also intended to rescue and promote knowledge of the pre-Hispanic traditions of music and dance. Musical instruments include the huehuetl, panhuehuetl, teponazhuehuetl, teponaztli, mud flutes, “bone and reed,” ocarinas, whistling jugs, aerophones, turtle shells, drums, mud drums, rain sticks, chicahuaztli, guaje and pumpkin rattles, bone scrapers, tenabaris, and atecocolli. Most can only otherwise be seen in museums, but musicians for the performances also include those playing violin, guitar, harp and marimba among others.

Essentials for Being There

Performances are scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with multiple performances on some Saturdays.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster and should be purchased in advance as most performances will sell out.

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