Oakland Ballet Company Presents: Luna Mexicana
Friday November 2 at 7:30pm, and Saturday November 3 at 4pm
Oakland Ballet Company announces the return of Luna Mexicana, a family-friendly celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead, at the Paramount Theatre on Friday November 2 at 7:30pm, and Saturday November 3 at 4pm. This year's program features the world premiere of Viva la Vida, a new work co-choreographed by Oakland Ballet Company Artistic Director, Graham Lustig and Martin Romero of Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza. The dance will celebrate the life and artistry of iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, using her self-portraits as a springboard to explore the many facets of her personality.
In addition to Viva la Vida, the program includes Lustig's work, Luna Mexicana, which features a cast of five female and five male dancers, with festive choreography, vivid costumes, striking makeup and a mix of folkloric and modern Mexican music. Based on traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebrations, where the living honor the spirits of the dead with offerings of food, music and dance, Luna Mexicana tells the story of a young woman whose departed loved ones dance back to life in the form of teetering skeletons, skirt-swishing ladies , a high flying "deer dancer," and a bride and groom duet.
The program will be presented in two acts with an intermission. The first half of the evening will feature a selection of Mexican contemporary and folkloric dance and music curated by Lustig, including performances by the Aztec ensemble, Nahui-Ehekatl and Co. and Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza. Festivities begin in the lobby of the Paramount at 6:30pm, with ofrendas on display created by local Latina artists and vendors selling Day of the Dead refreshments such as the sweet pan de muerto, tamales and horchata. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to attend in Day of the Dead costume.
- Date: Fri November 2, 2018 7:30pm
- Email: [email protected]
- Price Range: $22-55
- Tickets: 510-893-3132