Music: Triumph at Quetzalcoatl

In Mexico City, audiences cheered the first collaboration of three of Mexico's most gifted sons: Composer Carlos Chávez, Painter Miguel Covarrubias and Dancer José Limón. Their epic ballet, Los Cuatro Soles (The Four Suns), was the brilliant opener of a three-week national dance festival.

Chávez and Covarrubias have long been fascinated with the Aztec legend of the Four Suns. Chávez, in fact, composed an orchestral program piece about it in 1925. The legend: the earth was created and destroyed four times by each of the elements —water, air, fire and earth (through drought). Last fall, Covarrubias showed Dancer Limón some sketches...

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