A few weeks ago I was introduced to an art form I hadn’t seen before, but not only that, I met the person behind the work, her name is Alejandra Gonzalez Anaya, a Mexican woman who was born to fly. I´ve met a lot of interesting folks in my life, but few like Alejandra, she is an athlete, a dancer, a choreographer, an artist, and an entrepeneur; a woman who one day decided to follow her instincts, conquer her fears, and start living her dream.
I met her during my visit to the México Emprende event in Los Angeles last August. After just ten minutes, it was clear she is a person with dreams, fears, hopes, love, and passion, but also she is commited to sharing with others her failures and successes, the ins and outs of how she made it to the place she is and how she is living the life she wants to live. She is a true inspiration to me.
Alejandra is the artist behind the “Vuela México” segment featured during the Mexican Bicentenary Celebration in Mexico City in September 2010. She also is the choreographer of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 2011 Panamerican Games in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México (the games are taking place at this very moment).
She is the Artistic Director of Anima Inc, a fusion of contemporary dance, ballet, theater, music, humor, aerial dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and more. “I want every person who comes to enjoy one of our shows to leave with an internal transformation,” Alejandra tells me with a big smile on her face.
After her speech at the conference, I had the pleasure of chatting with her and she shared her dream:
“I would like 2012 to be the year when I take my latest show, ‘Sólo Quien Ama, Vuela (‘Just Those Who Love, Can Fly’), on tour all over México, to show a different kind of love, one based on self-steem, on hard work, on belief in ourselves, this kind of love is the one I think can transform México, I would like this play to have an effect on violence, to inspire people to come together.
‘Solo Quien Ama, Vuela’ talks about heroes and conquering fears. It is based on the Kukulcan Stories and is for the whole family. Our purpose is to create an effect on people, show them how there can be heroes in reality and how they are in charge of deciding what they want to do with their lives.”
I would love to see it!
Alejandra, with her deep love for México, inspires and brings hope. I´m sure we will hear more about her in the future.
If you would like to know more about Anima Inc, you can click here (Spanish) and I invite you to watch these videos, enjoy!
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