The Light of the Moon / Por la Luz de la Luna
My story, The Light of the Moon / Por la Luz de la Luna, was adapted into a ballet by wonderful choreographer, Isabelle Sjahsam in collaboration with artist, Roberto Miguel for the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance. It is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history.
This epic Mexican-American tale follows four-year-old Lucila who sees the evening moon for the first time while her mother, Carmela, explains that her ancestors have adored the moon for generations. Through Carmela’s storytelling, Lucila and audiences are transported into the time of Mexico’s Joan of Arc, Jovita, who fought for religious freedom during Mexico’s second revolution in the early part of the 20th century; then they travel with Carmelo and Estela, two young lovers, who cross the Mexican border into the U.S. in search of the proverbial dream; and finally, enter the ancient story of the Aztec moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui, whose battle with her brother, Huizilopochtli, the sun god, brought light to the night sky.
The ballet premiered on April 9th & 10th 2016 at the Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma.