If you came to sit quietly for two hours, you came to the wrong place. The performers at the 17th annual Latinx Culture show had too much energy to keep it contained on stage. From snapping at well-received lines in poems to singing along with a mariachi band from Harvard to raucous cheers for the senior dance, the packed house at Jewett Auditorium on April 5 played a part in the evening’s theme of “The Story of Us.”
Hosts Ninotska Love and Maria-Alejandra Jaramillo, both senior Davis Scholars, guided the crowd through 20 performances that high-lighted cultural traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean, including the dance from the Jalisco region of Mexico pictured here. Performed by Cielito Lindo, Wellesley’s Latin dance organization, “El son de los aguacates” is an example of Mexican ballet folklórico with bright costumes that reflect Spanish and indigenous influences.
The event was a night of community that reached beyond the campus. In addition to the Wellesley performances, the show welcomed performers (and spectators) from the area, including Harvard and Tufts, youth from the Veronica Robles Culture Center in East Boston, and Just JP, an educator and drag performer.