Art that provokes a city its occupants and visitors is a common good. We all know the importance of Rome, Florence, Vienna, Paris, London, and New York in Western culture, in the novels, paintings, songs and films that are based on its streets, buildings and inhabitants. Mazatlan, without trying to compare itself with these, has also had the form of awakening the creative curiosity of its passers-by, who capture its beaches, hills, islands and houses, its stories, its sky and its culture, in works that are carried to the port with them, making known this small place of the Pacific throughout the world. There are many artists, local and foreign, who have left their mark on the port in exchange for this inspiration. Then he presented you only ten of the most recognized and transcendental to date.
1. Amado Nervo
Mazatlan was destined to live in the letters of great writers since Herman Melville walked it in 1844, to describe it in his work White Jacket. The Post Office, published in 1885, a journal of the Chamber of Commerce and the social elite of the port, would gather the pens of various poets, journalists, and analysts, among whom Amado Nervo stands out. Here the Nayarit native finds the cradle of his prose and verse, developed in the two years that I work in it, among chronicles, critics, poems and narrations. In Olas Altas and La Grotta del Crestón, two of its best-known chronicles of this period, describe with their ideas, ironies and customs to the Mazatlan and Mazatlan of the time.
2. Edward Weston
Mazatlán had a photographic studio since 1865 when the Zuber family began to portray the streets, buildings, and characters of the port. They were followed by other documentalists such as José María Guillen, the photographer of the revolution, José Nazario Pérez and the German Hugo Brehme, an artist who attracted the couple Tina Modotti and Edward Weston to the port. Unlike Brehme, whose tendency to romantic picturesqueness kept him as the author of the nineteenth century, Modotti and Weston sought new expressions for photography. Thus, one afternoon from the Belmar, Weston would take The great white cloud of Mazatlan, one of his masterpieces, a pioneer of photographic abstractionism.
3. Gabriel Ruiz Galindo
Music is undoubtedly the most practiced art among the Mazatlan people, from the waltz Alejandra composed by Enrique Mora, to the band of the Melchers brothers and their anonymous piece From Mazatlan to Acaponeta. The Gabriel Gabriel, in a show of gratitude to his Buenos Aires audience, would compose Mazatlan, bolero of 1940, which would be followed by Noches de Mazatlan, made for the film Four nights with you in 1952, where both hymns of the port are performed. Ruiz would continue with the less known Mazatlan and Mazatlan Secret. So much was his appreciation for the port and its inhabitants that he would create and donate in 1983 one of the most representative sculptures of the Malecon: The Mazatlan woman,
4. Fernando Valadés Lejarza
Bohemian, descendant of the intellectual and heroic family of the Valadés, due to a disease of the childhood that prevented him to move without crutches, he learned to play the piano from a very young age, making compositions that would tour the state and, later, the radio , theaters of Mexico City and some corners of the foreigner. After Enrique Mora, the Mazatleco with the most renown in terms of music and composition, he also dedicated at least a couple of songs to the port: Brisas Mazatlecas and Cantale Mar, which emulate the romantic boleros of that time, made to be performed by great voices
5. José Alfredo Jiménez
The renowned and prolific ranchera composer lived for a while in the port, when he was hardly working on a career in music, working for tourism, gaining experience and contacts in the port. When he appeared with his own voice on radio and film, he composed one of the songs most performed by Mazatlecos and foreigners, the Corrido de Mazatlán, one of the first to be performed in both mariachi and Sinaloan bands originally. The music is festive, recalls the times that were gone and preceded the Mazatlan of the future, of today, describing the simplicity and beauty with which the Mazatlecos of that time lived.
6. Antonio López Sáenz
The sculptor and painter who has exhibited his works from Mexico City to Chicago and from Zurich to Paris, revealed that he began to practice the art of shapes in the sands of the beach while playing as a child or working in customs warehouses to pay his trip and studies in the Federal District. In his canvases dedicated to the history and culture of his native Mazatlan, we see colors illuminated by the sun that never stops coming out, inflamed bodies, dancers to band music, baseball fans, quiet strollers along the boardwalk. The arrival of Ángela Peralta to Mazatlán and Así se graaron el milnio, painting, and sculpture respectively, are two of her most recognized works.
7. Oscar Liera
Mazatleco theater, since the inauguration of the Rubio theater (now Angela Peralta) in the 1880s, has had several artists of acting and dramaturgy. Although it does not have the priority of music on local stages, it has managed to leave the port in various national and international festivals. The dramatism of its streets and people was taken advantage of by the most important Sinaloan dramatist of the 20th century, when he wrote his work The Black Birds of Goodbye, a piece that plays with the logic of time and space to show us the fateful relationship between a student and his teacher while walking through the squares or dream of the palm trees in the center.
8. Oscar Blancarte
The cinema would arrive in Mazatlan in 1897, with the sponsorship of a mazatleco surnamed Maxemin, in the German Club. The first films shot in the port disappeared, while the Rubio theater became the Angela Peralta cinema and the Reformation and Zaragoza opened. After the already mentioned Four nights with you of 1952, few films were recorded here. Mazatleco director Oscar Blancarte would take the port to the big screen, rescuing him from that abyss of series B that had been put, with Between the Evening and the Night of the Year 2000, an award-winning film at the Latino Film Festival in New York and the of Cinema Figueira Da Foz, in Portugal, exhibiting in addition in the samples of Chicago, Philadelphia, Mar de Plata, among others.
9. Rebecca Llamas Lerma
Another of the great pillars of the Mazatlan arts is their dance. The port has two professional companies, Delfos Danza Contemporánea by Claudia Lavista, internationally recognized dancer and choreographer, and the Sinaloan Folkloric Ballet, created and conducted by the not less acclaimed Rebeca Llamas until 2011. Llamas, trained as a soloist in the Ballet Folclórico de Amalia Mendoza, I create a new and attractive concept for the Mazatlecos not very close to the expression of dance, their choreographic work Mazatleco, which represents the cultural evolution of the port since pre-Hispanic times, was a local success, making the rounds of theaters around Mexico and abroad.
10. Roger Bourland
Already in the XXI century, when the port has recovered from its unfortunate cultural demise, opening artistic schools, museums and festivals for all expressions, there were still spaces to be explored. The opera, that form of musical drama that did not sow successes in Mexico during its golden age, enters Mazatlan to commemorate the great soprano who ended her days in the port. Bourland, composer specialized in the Grand Opéra, in the style of Mayerbeer and Wagner, places with his music and the libretto by Mitchell Morris the last days of Ángela Peralta in La pigeon and the nightingale, uniting the history of the port with the destiny of his short-lived visitor because of fever.
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