Rafael Zamarripa
April 5, 2011

Tracing the origins of human manifestations is one of the primary concerns of an anthropologist. This important task gives current generations the opportunity to know the past, accurately researched and documented, and therefore the possibility of developing new paradigms for our future.

All artistic manifestations are born from the need to communicate and express ourselves, and dance is no exception. I, Rafael Zamarripa, in my creative work (good or bad) on diverse activities within the realm of dance, have tried to make evident my very personal way of expressing myself.

And thus, throughout my career, I focused on creating, without taking the time to document my process, and at the end of my countless paths, I have come to realize that there was no record of my life's work.

Consequently, the confusion over the origin of the constituent elements that are part of the dance patrimony, became more evident. Fortunately, for those of us who are immersed in this activity, we encountered a person that made it her task to recover the artistic and biographical information of a choreographer who has been dedicated to scenic dance and has had encouraging results. Doctor Olga Nájera looked for and found the way to develop a project that could shed light on this previously obscure and blurred subject matter.





Dr. Olga Nájera, in her loving and passionate manner of work, commenced the task of conducting a series of interviews that helped conjure up images that showed the social phenomena that historically were extremely important on both sides of the border.

Thanks Doctor Olga Nájera. And thanks to the crew members and all the collaborators who helped her create "Mexican Folkloric Dance: Rafael Zamarripa's Artistic Trademark.”

This document makes accessible a valuable contribution for those interested in our traditions on the subject of Mexican dance.


(Letter to Olga)