12th Annual Fiesta del Dia de los Muertos at Floricanto Center

The company will tackle a series of social issues (love, death, pregnancy, and immigration among others) with humor and respect

By Gema Sandoval
Published on LatinoLA: October 21, 2013

12th Annual Fiesta del Dia de los Muertos at Floricanto Center

The Floricanto Center For The Performing Arts will be transformed into a local cemetery by Danza Floricanto/USA to commemorate their Annual "Fiesta del D?¡a de los Muertos" on Saturday and Sunday November 9th and 10th at 8:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. respectively. Tickets are $15 Pre-Sale and $20 at the door.

Through a series of vignettes that celebrate and honor this very traditional Day of the DeadÔÇô Chicano style-the company, under the direction of Gema Sandoval, will tackle a series of social issues (love, death, pregnancy, and immigration among others) with humor and respect. Now in its twefth year, "D?¡a De Los Muertos" has become an annual Floricanto tradition which this year is futher enhanced by becoming the first dance presentation in their newly acquired home, Floricanto Center For The Performing Arts

The Day of the Dead, is celebrated in communities throughout South America on November 1 and 2, when families and loved ones traditionally visit their santos difuntos (blessed dead ones), praying for them while they clean their tombs and bring them what would have been their favorite foods, drinks, and flowers. It is a demonstration of respect; a way to let the deceased know they are remembered, celebrate them and ask them to intercede with particularly worrisome earthly problems.

In the foyer of The Floricanto Center on Novemberber 10th and 11th the audience will find a traditional ofrenda (community altar), created by Floricanto's Assistant Director, Christie Rios to commemorate the dead. There will be pictures of loved ones, along with their favorite foods, flowers and messages of love. Audiences in attendance also will be invited to write the names of their own departed loved ones and place these names on the altar, to join in the remembrance. Early arrivals will also be able to have their faces painted.

As the audience moves into the theatre's "cemetery," a series of characters who live there will tell their stories and share their concerns. The evening's guide will be the famous skeleton known as "La Catrina," first conceived by early 20th-century Mexican graphic artist Jos?® Guadalupe Posada, and made famous in the murals of Diego Rivera.

Floricanto Dance Tfheatre's Fiesta del Dia de Los Muertos takes its inspiration from the very traditional Day of the Dead activities in Mexico-altar offerings of favorite foods and flowers honoring our dead, processions to the grave sites, songs and candles, sugar skulls, skeleton dioramas, and paper cuttings-and gives it a contemporary flavor, designed to entertain and delight the whole family.

The 2012 Floricanto's Dia de los Muertos is partially funded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

About Gema Sandoval:
Gema Sandoval, founder, artistic director and choreographer of Danza Floricanto/USA is devoted to illuminating her Mexican-American heritage through dance.
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