Living Legends

Living Legends Finishes in Cancún

The BYU Living Legends students and staff visit Chichén Itzá.

On Monday, May 9, Living Legends performed at the Teatro Peón Contreras in Mérida. The crowd numbered more than 800 people, and performers greeted many audience members after the show. While heat and dehydration presented obstacles, the magnificent venue and enthusiastic audience made for an unforgettable evening.

The group toured Mérida on Tuesday and had the chance to visit Chichén Itzá, as well as a nearby cenote. Later, they traveled to Cancún to participate in a cultural exchange at Universidad Anáhuac México.

Living Legends performers dance with the young adults of a local congregation in Cancún.

On May 13, director Jamie Kalama Wood and students Kalawai’a Fano, Kawai Lucio, and Abish Olvera were invited to a press conference with Ballet Centeotl, sponsored by Asociación de Oaxaqueños Unidos, to share details about an upcoming performance. Later that day, Living Legends joined with Ballet Centeotl in a performance at Teatro de Cancún for an audience of more than 800.

On Saturday the performers participated in their last cultural exchange, meeting with the young adults from a local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cancún. The youth were thrilled to learn dances and songs from Living Legends performers, making for a difficult goodbye when it came time to leave. It was a memorable end to the tour.

Polynesian section member Lawrence Brown exchanges gifts with an audience member.

Director Jamie Kalama Wood (left) and students Kawai Lucio, Abish Olvera, and Kalawai’a Fano join a press conference to announce the Living Legends show at the Teatro de Cancún.