Fiesta Del D?¡a de Los Muertos at ARC Pasadena

Danza Floricanto/USA to tackle a series of social issues with humor and respect, Oct. 28 - 30

By Gema Sandoval
Published on LatinoLA: October 4, 2011

Fiesta Del D?¡a de Los Muertos at ARC Pasadena

ARC Pasadena, located at 1158 East Colorado Blvd., will be transformed into a local cemetery by Danza Floricanto/USA to commemorate their Annual "Fiesta del D?¡a de los Muertos" on Friday and Saturday October 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 30th at 5:00 p.m. 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 tenth year, "D?¡a De Los Muertos" has become an annual Floricanto tradition.

The Day of the Dead, 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 ARC Pasadenaon October 28, 29 and 30, the audience will find a traditional ofrenda (community altar), created by Floricanto member 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.

As the audience moves into the theatre "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 Theatre'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 2011 Floricanto's Dia de los Muertos is partially funded by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by the ART WORKS Program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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