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Delfos Danza Contemporanea

Apr 09Apr 11

Performance Dates

  • Thu Apr 09 2015 7:30 PM
  • Fri Apr 10 2015 7:30 PM
  • Sat Apr 11 2015 7:30 PM



Delfos Danza Contemporanea is Mexico’s premier contemporary dance company. Winner of numerous awards, including Mexico’s prestigious National Dance Award, Delfos is a unique collective of artists known for its introspective, near-mystical approach to dancemaking. The company’s creative vision is characterized by fluid physicality and poetic narratives within a diverse repertory.  Delfos makes its Seattle debut with Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan (When the Disguises are Hung Up), integrating dance, video, computer animation and music to explore identity and the unveiling of our interior world.

This engagement of Delfos Danza Contemporanea is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. 


Delfos Contemporary Dance Company was founded in 1992 by Mexican choreographers/dancers Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz with the vision of creating dynamic new works in the spirit of collaboration, as well as developing a professional training program for contemporary dancers. The company is a unique collective of artists whose creative vision is characterized by the fluid physicality and poetic narratives within their diverse repertory. Delfos’ work has been presented throughout México, as well as in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Canada, the United States, Italy, Spain, France, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Lebanon, Lithuania, Algeria and Greece.


The company and its members have received important recognitions and scholarships from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts in Mexico, and from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Cunningham International Fellowship Grant and the Mellon Fellowship in the USA, plus many other federal and state institutions. Delfos has also received worldwide critical praise, as well as several major international awards for dance including: The Mexican National Dance Award in 1992, 1997 and 2002, the Award as Best Dance Company in Mexico by the Critics Union, the Artistic Merit Award in Brazil and the Best Show Audience Award at the XXV Lila López International Dance Festival in 2005 in San Luis Potosi.


Delfos had the distinct honor as the only Mexican dance company selected to tour extensively in the United States in the fall of 2004, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts in association with the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. The tour included a successful week-long run at the Joyce Theater in New York as part of the Mexico Now Festival.  In 2005-06, Delfos returned to the United States with the support of Artes Americas. Delfos toured the US again in 2008-10.  In 2011, the company was nominated for the Austin Critics Choice Award for Best Touring show with the piece Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan (When the Disguises are Hung Up).


In 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 Delfos received the Professionals Artistic Groups Scenic Arts MEXICO EN ESCENA Program, from CONACULTA, which is given to the most prestigious artistic companies in Mexico.


In 2015, Delfos was selected to present their work at UW World Series at the University of Washington, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA and The Bates Dance Festival, with the support of  Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.


The company has maintained a constant interest in the creation of projects in collaboration with creators of other artistic disciplines, which has allowed us to work with outstanding national and international artists of different disciplines and visions.


Since 1998, Delfos Contemporary Dance has run the Mazatlan Professional School of Dance (EPDM), which offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program. Today Delfos and the EPDM are recognized as two of the most important contemporary dance organizations in Latin America. Their home base is the Angela Peralta Theater and the Municipal Center for the Arts in Mazatlan, Mexico.



Master Class at Velocity Dance Center in Capitol Hill with Delfos on Wed, April 8 9:30am-11:15am. More information.


Velocity Dance Center Speakeasy Series with Delfos on Wed, April 8 12pm-1:30pm. More information. 


Pop-up Performance at Olympic Sculture Park with Delfos Sat, April 11 11am. More information.


UW Student-Only After Party, Fri, April 10 after the show. More information. 

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