ARC Pasadena will be transformed into a local cemetery by Danza Floricanto/USA to commemorate their Annual Fiesta del Da de los Muertos on Friday and Saturday November 2nd and 3rd at 8:00 p.m. Through a series of vignettes that celebrate and honor this very traditional Day of the Dead 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, Da 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 Pasadena on Novemberber 2nd and 3rd, 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