Aakash Odedra Company
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL. The festival kicks off with two performances by the Aakash Odedra Company, a group inspired by classical South Asian and contemporary dance. The company will present “Inked, Murmur,” the personal narrative of the troupe’s founder, Aakash Odedra, whose dyslexia at a young age threatened the development of his talent for dance. Wrote one reviewer of the piece: “The visual effects of ‘Murmur’ are frequently breathtaking, but some of the most memorable moments occur when Odedra is simply dancing in Kathak style with thrilling speed and fluency.”
Teatro Degollado, Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 8:30 p.m. 100-250 pesos.
Rock of Ages
A professional Mexico City production of the musical built around classic rock hits from the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the decade. The show ran in New York for 2,328 çperformances until January of this year, becoming the 27th-longest running show in Broadway history.
Teatro Diana, Saturday, May 9, 7 and 9:45 p.m. 200-600 pesos.
The Classic Buskers
+ Neil Henry
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL A witty and highly engaging classical music-versus-magic show for children (and adults) from the United Kingdom.
Teatro Degollado, Sunday, May 10, 6 p.m. 150 pesos.
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Acclaimed Welsh pianist interprets works by Beethoven, Wagner and Liszt.
Teatro Degollado, Wednesday. May 13, 8:30 p.m. 150 pesos.
Dance on Wednesdays
Free modern dance shows put on by talented groups on Wednesday evenings. May 13: “Palabras para enamorar a una muter burbuda.” May 20: Azar. May 27: Molavin (for over 18s only).
Teatro Alarife Martin Casillas (Prolongacion Alcalde 1351), Wednesdays, Free
Thursdays at the Palace
Instead of politicians arguing, see free recitals in Guadalajara city hall’s council chamber. May 14: “The Marriage of Figaro” in brief. May 21: Camerata Nova Galicia. May 28: Big Band Jazz GDL.
Palacio Municipal de Guadalajara (next to Guadalajara cathedral), Thursdays. Free.
Casa Museo Lopez Portillo
Guadalajara’s furniture museum offers free recitals for classical musical enthusiasts, featuring up-and-coming and established performers. Wednesday, May 13: Participants in museum’s choral workshop show off their talents. Tuesday, May 19: opera arias. Wednesdays, May 20 & 27: guitar concert with students from the University of Guadalajara music school. Tuesday, May 26: Galatea Musica Antigua. Saturday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.: flute students of professor Cuauhtemoc Garcia.
Casa Museo Lopez Portillo, Liceo 177. All shows at 8 p.m., unless stated. Free
Michael Nyman Band
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Innovative British band plays contemporary classical music, minimalist music and film scores.
Teatro Degollado, Saturday, May 16, 8:30 p.m. 100-250 pesos.
Veteran Mexican crooner Jose Jose comes to town.
Teatro Diana, Saturday, May 16, 9 p.m. 200-600 pesos.
Cri Cri special
The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra plays the much-loved children’s compositions written by Francisco Gabilondo Soler (Cri Cri). Also featuring two sopranos, two tenors, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano.
Auditorio Telmex, Tuesday, May 19, 8 p.m. 150-400 pesos.
Italian acrobatic theatrical company formed in 2011 that develops artistic projects which broaden the “Theatre of the Caress” spectrum, a theatrical technique based on the invisible gesture and the state of lightness. In its Guadalajara debut, called La Verità, Finzi Pasca will offer a homage to surrealist painter Salvador Dali.
Teatro Diana, Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21, 9 p.m. 200-900 pesos.
Australian soft rock duo celebrates it’s 40th anniversary in the music business with a special anniversary concert in a city that has always made them feel welcome.
Auditorio Telmex, Wednesday, May 20, 9 p.m. 450-1,000 peso
Gecko Theater Company.
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL A contemporary “physical dance” theater company from the United Kingdom presents “Missing,” described as an “exploration and reflection on the impact our early lives and memories have on us.”
Teatro Degollado, Wednesday, May 20 & Thursday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. 100-200 pesos.
City of London Sinfonia
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL Well-known British orchestra in concert.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, May 22, 8:30 p.m. 100-300 pesos.
Akram Khan Company
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL The 14-year-old Akram Khan Company, one of the foremost innovative dance outfits in the United Kingdom, present the show “Kaash.” A milestone in this company’s trajectory was the creation of a section of the London Olympic Games opening ceremony in 2012. Kaash (the Hindi word for “if only”) continues Khan’s quest to “build bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and Indian classical dance.”
Teatro Degollado, Friday, May 29 & Saturday, May 30, 8:30 p.m. 100-250 pesos.
Well-known Mexican folk singer celebrates his quarter century in the business.
Teatro Diana, Saturday, May 30, 9 p.m. 250-600 pesos.
Legendary late 60s and 70s British rock band reprise hits such as “Smoke on the water” and “Highway Star,” as well as some newer sounds.
Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, May 30, 9 p.m. 500-1,250 pesos.
Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
MAY CULTURAL FESTIVAL The festival closes May 31 with a performance by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra of Sir William Walton’s score from the 1944 Oscar-winning movie “Henry V” (starring Laurence Olivier), conducted by Garry Walker, the director of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestraç. Narration is by Mario Ivan Martinez.
Teatro Degollado, Sunday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. 100-250 pesos.
The Moscow State Ballet presents “Cinderella,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev toç a scenario by Nikolai Volkov.
Auditorio Telmex, Sunday, June 14, 6 p.m. 500-600 pesos.
Joven Ballet de Jalisco
Guadalajara’s only full-time classical dance group performs Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet,” accompanied by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, June 12, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 14, 12:30 p.m. 50-300 pesos.
Teatro Degollado (far end of Plaza de la Liberacion, Guadalajara city center) Tickets available at the theater box office Wed. to Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. or through Ticketmaster at (33) 3818-3800 and www.ticketmaster.com.mx. For more information call (33) 3614-4773.
Teatro Diana (Avenida 16 de Septiembre 710, two blocks from Guadalajara’s Parque Agua Azul) Tickets available at the theater box office Mon. to Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. or from Ticketmaster (see above). For more information call (33) 3614-7072 or visit www.teatrodiana.com.
Auditorio Telmex (Periferico and Parres Arias, Los Belenes, Zapopan) Tickets available at the theater box office Mon. to Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or from Ticketmaster (see above). For more information call (33) 3636-5200 or visit www.auditoriotelmex.com.