Oakland Ballet Company announces the Bay Area debut of a new production, Luna Mexicana, a family-friendly celebration of the Mexican Day of the Dead, on Tuesday, November 1 at 7pm in the Paramount Theatre, Oakland. The hour-long program features a cast of five female and five male dancers, with festive choreography by Artistic Director Graham Lustig, plus vivid costumes, striking makeup and a mix of folkloric and modern Mexican music. Based on traditional Mexican Día 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 joyously dance back to life in the form of teetering skeletons, skirt-swishing girls, a high flying “deer dancer” and a rickety bride and groom duet.
As The Star-Ledger, New Jersey praised, “Lustig manages to combine a playful attitude with touching reverence for the spirits of the departed.” Audience members of all ages are encouraged to attend in Day of the Dead costume, and prizes will be awarded for the most impressive outfits. Vendors will sell Day of the Dead refreshments such as the sweet pan de muerto in the Paramount lobby, and the performance will commence with live music by Mariachi Halcones de Oakland, in a performance paying tribute to the iconic Mexican singer, Juan Gabriel.