An error in the National Theater’s budget affected the prize winners of the Festival of Choreographers terribly. There was a delay in the delivery of money meant to send the winning artists to an artistic residency in Mexico.
One of the winners was able to go, paying the plane ticket with the help of his family but he was left in Mexico without the money promised to cover his stay. The other missed the trip, unable to pay the flight.
It was in September that Andrés Martínez and Álvaro Murillo earned their spots at the Center for Choreographic Research and at the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance in Mexico. By October they should have had the prize money.
They were told the deposit would be made on February 7th, for a trip starting on February 4th. Then the date of promised payment was moved to the 11th and then the 12th, when it was finally made. They were told the money had been used to “put out other fires” and that there was an error that left a zero in the budget for this expense. They made an extraordinary budget but were only able to deposit $1250 instead of the original $1500.