Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Baile bien mujer

So I think I have established that America is pretty great, neh?

D'you know what else is great? The Mexico. You don't know the first thing about taco unless you have ate one of their tacos off a big pile or roasting meat with pineapple begifting its juices to the meat. But I digress (coming soon: taco blog, tentatively named "Dos tacos muy tacos")

Work sent me to Mexico to film another lil' doc about Ballet Folklorico at a little* church**-run school in the city of Mexico.

Originally I wasn't incredibly stoked ('ceptin' about the mexico part), but these dancers, though only high-school aged were incredible. The best moments were on film, but I captured a few with my lil' point and shoot.

You know who else is a good dancer?

my friend/camerman/editor/co-director Isaac
But after it was over there were bows and prayers, and I thought about how I love the idea of an implicit connection of us expressing ourselves through art and our spirituality.

After this much culture, the cultural affairs director for the school took us to take in some more Mexico. At this point, I was body-slammed with awesomeness.
and then went to an open-air market the next day where I saw a lot of these signs which I quite liked.

Man, I dig this country quite a bit. I didn't take pictures of the tacos I ate (because I was on sacred ground), but also because if you even saw a picture of one of these al pastor tacos with oaxaca cheese and grilled pineapple you would bite your monitor.

then I came home and prepared for a trip across America, or at least South Dakota.

**The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka The Mormons, aka the NOT-R-LDS


wild murdocks said...

Oh, my, delightful! The dancing, the wrestling, the food! The job! How do you get a job like that? No fair...The *church* always surprises me. lovely.

I lived in a Mexican border town for about 5 years. Fish taco's are where it's at.

wild murdocks said...

p.s. I'm definately tuning in to your blog now that there's a secret-crushy-soap-opera-ey-thing going on! Mad props to the secret admirer.

Damian said...

Well, I hope it continues, but having been on both sides of the secret-crush, I know that seldom does a thing come of it.

But I am very flattered, and Anonymous (if that is your real name). I loved your "footprints poem".

Anonymous said...

I have been known to coin some rather palatable treasures, nay? “Footprints” is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. What about the soul-warming “a friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out?” Truer words were ne’er spoken.

By the way, I’ve been on both sides too… and you’re right, nothing really ever happens. But this is kind of fun, no? And you never really know what can happen, right?

Dainon said...

I've had those tacos ... and I can vouch for them. I was in the Mexico a few weeks ago, also sent there by work. It's awesome when work does that. I'm totally gonna hit them up for dancers next time I go, though. And wrestling. You got more Mexico than I did.

plainoldsarah said...

oh oh oh - someone else has witnessed the beauty of the benemerito! if that's what it's still called. i went there in my high school days to watch the ballet folklorico as some friends were attending the school. i left in love - with the dancing, the school, the dancers, everything! thank you for this post!

Damian said...

Well we are producing a two-hour program of the dancing as well as a half-hour documentary on the program. Tune in to BYUTV International in October. I will probably post showtimes when I know them.

Brandon said...

Mexico sounds I guess okay.

mimi said...

damian, those are gorgeous pics. flamenco is just about my favorite thing in the world (and related prancing).

caroline said...

damian, i covet your trip. it sounds like my perfect vacation, dancing, food, cool signs, pineapple. *sigh*

don't you need a spare graphic designer/wannabee baker to go with you guys for any design/baking emergencies???

Damian said...

It was a great trip, but not quite vacation. It's work, but man, what a job!

We do need a baker/graphic designer. Do you know much about lighting?

caroline said...

i have done some gaffing (even though i'm not sure if that's how it's spelled) in my day. i think that should mean that i can fill the position of baker/designer/gaffer.

ps- i'm glad you are back and that we ate sushi.

f*bomb. said...

HOLY CRAP, that is awesome.
I heart The Mejico. Mostly from the tacos, but the fancy dresses, swirly photography and lure of luchadore madness helps.

I am still waiting for my close-up. And the footage of Galviston...

mimi said...

these pictures really are good pictures.