An entire small town gathers to enjoy a fiesta under the full moon. Everyone is entertained with a lively traditional dance that ends in a way no one had expected.
This story was inspired by a book of artwork featuring Mexican Calendar Girls of the 1930’s to 1960’s. My cinematic vision for this piece was to showcase the richness of the fantasy/vintage charm of a 1950’s Mexico/US Bordertown, within a story of female empowerment and seduction.
Red symbolizes passion, along with the vibrant, Mexican template of Orange, Blue, Green, and Yellow against a rich Black canvas. White stands out…but contrasted with Red’s passion – a theme, both in story and imagery.
In Mexico, there is a long tradition of dance. One example is a very humorous dance called “Danza de los Viejitos” (Dance of the Little Old Men) performed by Indigenous people in the area of Patzcuaro, State of Michoacán. Some believe the dance was meant to make fun of the government officials sent to the area by the Spaniards. However, others maintain that the dance has been around long before this, and is actually performed in celebration of old age – honouring of the elderly in the community.
Generally, the dance portrays feeble old men dressed as peasants with canes. Masks are worn that portray an old man with pale pink skin, a hooked nose, and a white beard or mustache. The dancers act feeble then spring into unrehearsed clog or tap dancing.
The Dance of the Little Old Men can be seen in most zócalos (town squares) throughout the state of Michoacán to this day.
For more information on the “Danza de los Viejitos” – here are some interesting links: