Floricanto Dance Theatre/aka Danza Floricanto/USA will be presenting its popular Dia de Los Muertos program in two locations this year. On Saturday, November 4th the program will be shown in West Hollywood at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre at 8 pm. Then on Saturday November 11th and Sunday November 12th at 8:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. respectively. The program will be reprised at The Floricanto Center For The Performing Arts. Both spaces will be transformed into a local cemetery by Danza Floricanto/USA to commemorate their 16th Annual "Fiesta del Día de los Muertos," through a series of vignettes that celebrate and honor this very traditional Holiday, Chicano style. The company, under the direction of Gema Sandoval, will tackle a series of social issues (love, death, teen pregnancy, immigration, abuse of women among others) with humor and respect. Now on its sixteenth year, "Fiesta Del Día De Los Muertos" has become an annual Floricanto tradition. This marks the first year that it will also be performed in West Hollywood, at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre as well as at their home, The Floricanto Center For The Performing Arts You now have many choices on how to commemorate this celebration of life. Our Fiesta Del Dia de los Muertos program continues to be intimate, family oriented and affordable.
The Day of the Dead is 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 gifts of what would have been their favorite foods, drinks, and flowers. It is a manifestation of respect; a way to let the departed know they are remembered, celebrate them and ask them to intercede with particularly worrisome earthly problems. In the foyer of both spaces the audience will find a traditional ofrenda (community altar), created by Floricanto's Programs' Director, Christie Rios to commemorate our dead. There will be pictures of the dance company's dearly departed, along with their favorite foods, flowers and messages of love. Audiences in attendance will be invited to participate and join in the remembrance by writing the names of their own departed and place them on the altar. As the audience moves into the theatre's "cemetery," a series of characters who live there will tell their stories and share their concerns through dance. The evening's guide will be the famous skeleton known as "La Catrina," first conceived by early 20th-century Mexican graphic artist José Guadalupe Posada, and made famous in the murals of Diego Rivera.
Danza Floricanto/USA'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-then gives it a contemporary flavor, designed to entertain and delight the whole family.
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Danza Floricanto/USA-Founded in 1975 by Gema Sandoval, Danza Floricanto/USA is the oldest existing professional Mexican folk dance troupe in Los Angeles. As professional dancers, their purpose is to preserve Mexican culture, validate it as a cultural and artistic expression of the Latino people in the American Southwest, and create awareness and appreciation for it through live performance. From an Aztec ritual to the vibrant fiestas of today's Jalisco, from the Spanish-influenced tropics of Veracruz to the conflictive realities of the Chicano experience, Danza Floricanto/USA presents the bold, colorful panorama of its Mexican heritage as it interacts with its American reality. This award-winning, 42 year old company has been enthusiastically received on tour
throughout California and the American Southwest. Danza Floricanto/USA, has recreated the movement, costume, and song of 17 different regions of Mexico, and over half a dozen works on the Chicano experience which celebrate cultural identity for the Mexican American community and the immigrant experience for the rest of America. As of November 2012 Floricanto has made its home nestled in the City Terrace neighborhood of East Los Angeles.
Gema Sandoval, founder, artistic director and choreographer of Danza Floricanto/USA is devoted to illuminating her Mexican-American heritage through dance. Over the past fourteen years, Sandoval has staged theme works in addition to traditional regional dances of Mexico. Among these are: a commissioned work for the opening of the 1999 Kaleidoscope Festival, titled "Fandango Angeleno;" Si Se Puede/Yes You Can," a work inspired by labor activist and United Farm Workers founder, Cesar Chavez, and co-choreographed with Loretta Livingston; her "Fiesta Dia de los Muertos-Day of the Dead Celebration" which, since 2001, has become an annual community tradition in the Southland and Northern California; her 2004 collaboration with Whittier College's Shannon Center, "Navidad en Whittier." now on its tenth year. Along with her company, Sandoval is the winner of the 1994 and 1995 Horton Award for the Staging of Traditional Dance, a year 2000 fellow of the California Arts Council's Fellowship in Dance Program, winner of the Irvine Foundation's California Dancemaker awards for 2001. and the proud recipients of a New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project production grant for 2003-04, which allowed them to create "Fandango Without Borders," and followed up in 2007 by "Un Zapateado Chicano," funded by the Irvine Foundation's From Creation to Performance Project and the National Association of Latino Arts and. Culture. Her latest production, Immigrant Stories, Part I, inspired by the stories of people who grew up in East Los Angeles. had its premiere in June , 2017 and will be reprised at the Rosenthal Theater in February, 2018.
Sponsored by: Floricanto Dance Theatre and Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017
8:00PM to 10:00PM
Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts 4232 Whiteside Street Los Angeles, CA 90063
Ages: Suitable for the whole family Price: $15 pre-sale $20 at the door -general admition Tickets website