Delfos Contemporary Dance

Delfos Danza Contemporanea was founded in 1992 by Mexican choreographers/dancers Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz with the vision of creating dynamic new works in the spirit of collaboration, as well as developing a professional training program for contemporary dancers.

The company is a unique collective of artists whose creative vision is characterized by its physical, theatrical and visual scenic language in constant search of new poetic narratives within their diverse repertory. Delfos’ work has been presented throughout México as well as in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Canada, the United States, Italy, Spain, France, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Lebanon, Algeria, Lithuania, Netherlands and Greece.

The Company has received worldwide critical praise, as well as several major international awards for Dance including: The Mexican National Dance Award in 1992, 1997 and 2002, the Award as Best Dance Company in Mexico by the Critics Union, the Artistic Merit Award in Brazil and the Best Show Audience Award at the XXV Lila López International Dance Festival in 2005 in San Luis Potosi.

Delfos Danza had the distinct honor as the only Mexican dance company selected to tour extensively in the United States in the fall of 2004 with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts in association with the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. The tour included a successful week-long run at the Joyce Theater in New York as part of the Mexico Now Festival.  In 2005-06, Delfos returned to the United States with the support of Artes Americas. Delfos toured the US again in 2008-10.  In 2011 the company was nominated for Austin Critics Choice Award for Touring show with the piece When the disguises are hung up.

In 2014-15 is selected by Southern Exposure/ Performing Arts of Latin American, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, to tour in the US in 2015, which included the Washington University in Seattle, UCLA in Los Angeles and the Bates Dance Festival in Maine.

In 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 13 and 15 Delfos received the Professionals Artistic Groups Scenic Arts MEXICO EN ESCENA Program, from CONACULTA, which is given to the most prestigious artistic companies in Mexico.

Since 2008 directs the Dance and Consciousness program, a community project that brings dance to marginal sectors of Mazatlan, in order to re-build the social net through art. Currently we work with 500 children, adolescents and adults.

The company has maintained a constant interest in the creation of projects in collaboration with creators of other artistic disciplines, which has allowed us to work with outstanding national and international artists of different disciplines and visions.

Since 1998, Delfos Danza Contemporanea has run the Mazatlan Professional School of Dance (EPDM); a dance Conservatory that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program with an interdisciplinary curriculum. Has graduate 15th generations of dancers and young choreographers, the Artistic Directors are Claudia Lavista and Víctor Manuel Ruiz.

Today Delfos Danza and the EPDM are recognized as two of the most important contemporary dance organizations in Latin America. Their home base is the Angela Peralta Theater and the Municipal Center for the Arts in Mazatlan, Mexico.