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Luna Mexicana 

When: Fri., Nov. 3, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $5-$200

Oakland Ballet Company Presents Luna Mexicana

Día de los Muertos is a sacred tradition celebrated by Mexican families across the world in which they honor their loved ones who have passed away by setting up ofrendas (altars) with pictures of the deceased, traditional Mexican food, sugar skulls, and vibrantly colored flowers. This tradition has transpired borders, with movies like A Book of Life and the upcoming Pixar film Coco, festivals around the country (including one in Oakland), and dance presentations such as Luna Mexicana by the Oakland Ballet. Returning to Oakland for a second year, Luna Mexicana tells the story of a young woman’s dream to bring her loved ones back to life in the form of dancing skeletons, accompanied by colorful costumes and traditional folkloric music. Choreographed by Oakland Ballet artistic director Graham Lustig, this year’s program will also include Mexican folkloric dance, a performance by Mariachi Mexicanisimo, and a special performance of José Limon’s important solo work, Chaconne. Limon was an internationally acclaimed and highly influential choreographer who resided in New York City. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Day of the Dead attire, and Mexican treats — including pan de dulce — will be available for sale prior to the performance. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this stunning presentation.
— Azucena Rasilla

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