The whirling, kaleidoscopic splendor of Ballet Folklórico
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández turns an impressive 60 years old this year. However, some of the most vibrant dances the company showcases date much earlier — try centuries ago. When the late choreographer founded the troupe in 1952, part of Hernández’s goal was to rescue and preserve some of Mexico’s ancient cultural history. Currently directed by Hernandez’s grandson Salvador López López, with artistic direction by her daughter, Viviana Basante Hernández, the company does just that and more, as it showed vividly in Saturday night’s World Music/CRASHarts presentation at the Shubert Theatre before a rowdy, enthusiastic crowd.