'Dance of the 41' Full Cast List: Meet Alfonso Herrera, Emiliano Zurita and rest of the stars of LGBTQ Netflix film
Based on a true story, meet the cast who helped bring the story of the scandalous Mexican drag ball of 1901 to life
In a day and age where representation matters, comes a movie that is deeply rooted in history. A scandal that rocked 20th-century Mexico was the raid of the private home on Calle de la Paz, where a group of men attended a ball, 19 of whom were dressed in women's clothing. The events that happened then are now being narrated through the movie -- 'Dance of the Forty One'
The incident, referred to as 'the invention of homosexuality in Mexico' by writer Carlos Monsiváis, was the 'Dance of Forty One,' as it came to be known. It saw the official arrest of 41 men, who were punished. To add to it, there were rumors that there was a "42nd guest" -- a man who evaded punishment because he was none other than Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, son-in-law of President Porfirio Díaz.
As per the official synopsis -- "At the end of the 19th century, Ignacio de la Torre married the daughter of the president of Mexico, Porfirio Díaz. Ignacio leads a double life: he rises in the traditional world of politics while being a member of a clandestine society. The delicate balance holds until he meets Evaristo, the 42nd member of the society. Secrets come to light and it all culminates in a scandalous police raid at one of his parties, also known as the dance of the 41."
Here's a look at the eclectic cast who helped bring the movie to life.
Alfonso Herrera as Ignacio de la Torre y Mier
Born in Mexico City on August 28, 1983, Alfonso 'Poncho' Herrera Rodríguez, is an actor and a singer. He made his TV debut with 'Clase 406' and his movie debut with 'Amarte duels.' His other works include 'Rebelde,' 'Venezzia,' 'Camaleones,' 'Muheres Asesinas' and 'The Perfect Dictatorship.' Herrera has also taken on multiple mainstream American television roles as well -- he was a part of Netflix's 'Sense8' and also starred in 'The Exorcist' and 'Queen of the South.'
In 'Dance of the 41,' he plays the role of Ignacio de la Torre y Mier. José Ignacio Mariano Santiago Joaquín Francisco de la Torre y Mier was a Mexican businessman, politician and owner of an hacienda, the son-in-law of Porfirio Díaz, then president of Mexico.
He was married to the president's oldest daughter, Amada Díaz. There was wild speculation about his sexuality, seeing that he lived separately from his wife. 'Dance of the 41' is based on a true story, where it is believed that De la Torre attended a cross-dressing ball, which was later raided and everyone in attendance was arrested.
De la Torre alleged was not punished, seeing that he was the president's son-in-law. It led him to be known as '42,' the exception to what the rest of the 41 had to endure once they were arrested.
Emiliano Zurita as Evaristo Rivas
The son of actors Christian Bach and Humberto Zurita, Zurita graduated from Pratt Institute as an architect, while studying acting at the Susan Batson Studios. He is known for his role on 'Señora Acero' and 'Lady of Steel.' He later went on to serves as the producer and writer of the Amazon Prime Video comedy series 'How to Survive Being Single' alongside his brother Sebastián Zurita. The two of them have a production company called Addiction House. In 'Dance of the 41,' he plays the role of Evaristo Rivas.
Mitzi Mabel Cadena as Amada Díaz
Mabel Cadena is an actress who has had a long-standing soap opera career, having starred on shows such as 'Monarca,' 'Hernán,' 'Por la Máscara,' 'La Bandida,' 'Dos Veces Tú,' 'Ingobernable,' 'El Vato,' 'Las Malcriadas,' 'El Señor de los Cielos' and 'Camelia La Texana.' In 'Dance of the 41,' he plays the role of Amada Díaz.
Fernando Becerril as Porfirio Díaz
Fernando Becerril is a Mexican actor who starred in a range of Spanish films. Some of his works include 'The Mask of Zorro, 'Ravenous,' 'Zapata: El sueño de un héroe,' 'El día menos pensado,' 'The Legend of Zorro, 'Never On A Sunday,' 'The Year of the Nail (Año uña),' 'The Similars' and 'El Habitante.' His television works include 'La loba,' 'Drenaje Profundo,' and 'Quererte asi.' In 'Dance of the 41,' he plays the role of Porfirio Díaz.
Paulina Álvarez Muñoz as Luz Díaz
Paulina Álvarez Muñoz is an actress. She is known for her works such as 'Cosas imposibles,' and 'Bule-Bule o La Noche Oscura del Alma.' In 'Dance of the 41,' he plays the role of Luz Díaz.
You can stream 'Dance of the 41' on May 12, 2021, on Netflix.