New Revolution In Mexico
By Rosemary Grayson
Iconic brothers, Romulus and Remus mythically founded Rome, whose culture revolutionized the world. Iconic brothers, Isaac and Esteban Hernandez are now to found a hitherto overlooked culture, to revolutionize Mexico.
For Isaac Hernandez, at 25 years old, has risen out of the dust to be one of ballet dancing’s biggest names. Using his star spangled persona, Isaac now puts stardom and genius to work helping make the dreams come true for budding young Mexican dancers.
Brother Esteban (21) is fast emerging from the same crucible. Both are trailblazers in a country that until now has been mostly asleep to the magic of ballet.
Hence the title of the new gala performance Despertares (Awakenings) that exploded on stage for the first time in Guadalajara this past July. Tipped in ForbesMagazine last summer as one of the world’s best ballet dancers, Isaac was also pronounced the best in Mexico’s history. He starred in Russia’s Olympic Games closing ceremony. He is a 13-time gold medalist. He danced at the world famous Mariinsky Theatre, and was the youngest lead principal at the English National Ballet. Isaac Hernandez is a star on a stratospheric rise to fame.
His dad, his mother, his nine little sisters and brothers in the backyard were the launching pad. Just a dozen years ago, on a broken concrete floor, the barre his mom’s clothes line and the audience, their brothers and sisters, Isaac and brother Esteban found their passion.
But they entered the hallowed world of ballet casually. Father Hector and mother Laura were both professional dancers. And dance was the hobby to occupy ten kids.
Now both the brothers, born and raised in Guadalajara, have put a girdle round the earth. Isaac has danced in Havana, Moscow and (startlingly) in Jackson Mississippi! Yet he appeared in Mexico but once, when he was 14.
Hector warned the youngsters of the profession’s hardships and difficulties.
For Esteban, Germany, Cuba, Russia and the USA have recognized his talent, with three Grand Prix, nine gold medals and a silver. The president of Mexico himself, Felipe Calderon, presented, the then 12-year old, with The National Youth Award.
Just two years ago with brother Isaac and sister Emilia, Hector founded the production company Soul Arts Productions. It works side by side with Releve their new non-profit organization, to promote maximum impact on society through the arts.
All his success packed into so few years, Esteban ascribes to a huge family effort. Isaac and Esteban want to inspire young people. Their mission is to demonstrated by example. “Everything is possible, if you are dedicated and work hard” says Esteban. He is the first and only Mexican to graduate with highest honors from the Royal Ballet School, in London. Humbly shocked to win a recent top accolade in the Sacramento, California Latino Spirit Awards he said “I never thought anyone knew I was here.” Those who will now know he and brother Isaac are certainly here were in the Telmex Auditorio at a sellout performance in Mexico City. Isaac directed and danced in the production. Earlier this year saw him take a standing ovation from an audience of 10,000 at London’s Albert Hall.
The revolution is almost here.