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Ormelis Cortez Tribute. A folkloric music extravaganza with 40 dancers, musicians and guests artistes will celebrate the 50 year artistic career of Ormelis Cortez, the famous Panamanian accordionist, with the show “Ritmos de mi Tierra” (Rhythms of my Land), which will take place at the Anita Villalaz Theater on Sunday, June 5 with two shows, one at 3:00 p.m. and a second one at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and can be bought by calling 66327626; 66563641 and 66298843.
The show is produced by his daughter, Odette Cortez, who will guide the public through the concert, with special performances by Rómulo Castro, Maritza Vargas, José Arispe, Ballet Folklórico de Panamá, Colaquito Cortez, Luis Thomas, Marcos Linares, Samuel Vallejos, José Pimentel, Malena Melgar, Diamar Díaz with the participation of the percussionists Orlando “Bebi” Cortez and Moisés Cortez. Before the event, there will be an art exhibition of works by Prof. Victor Morales.
In recent years Odette Cortez M, considered one of the most important young figures in Panamanian folklore and dance, has been working on the art of folk dances of Panama. Very popular in the folk circles in Panama for her depiction of Big Mama in the dance Zaracundé, she has danced leading roles in “History of Love”, “Solo” Drum del Toro Guapo, Anton”, “The Point”, “Challenge Zapateadores”. She has performed classical, modern and contemporary dance and appeared in great contemporary religious plays interpreting the characters of Eva and Salome in the “Martyr of Calvary” and Jezebel in “Jesus, Alpha and Omega”.
Ormelis Cortez and his band, Viva Guarare,, was very influential in propagating Panamanian folkloric music in places like Taiwan, where he spent three months in 2013, giving presentations in different parts of the country.
The aim of the event is to collect funds to continue with the program “Folklore para Todos” (Folklore for Everybody), which seeks to develop cultural and artistic projects for children, young people and adults.