SAN JUAN BAUTISTA- The
celebrated dance troupe Esperanza del Valle will return to perform during El Teatro
Campesino’sannual Dia de los Muertos
Celebration in a new show entitled "Magia y Color."Performances are scheduled for Friday November
2 at 8pm , Saturday November 3 at 2pm and 8pm, and
Sunday November4 at 2pm.
Viewings of the altares set up in the El Teatro Campesino Playhouse will begin
one hour prior to performance times.
The annual Dia de los
Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration is a weekend-long cultural festival that
commemorates and honors the lives of departed loved ones through dance, music,
offerings and art.
There will be a variety of fun,
family-oriented Day of the Dead activities in front of the ETC Playhouse from
4pm to 7pm on Saturday, Nov. 3in lieu
of the annual procession this year. The new and improved procession will return
to the streets of San Juan Bautista in 2013.
Esperanza del Valle,
based out of Watsonville and active for over 30 years, is recognized for
cultivating and promoting an understanding of Mexican culture through its rich
folkloric dances rooted in the merging of indigenous European and African
heritage.Their presentations are
festive, colorful, full of life and variety. This year's presentation
"Magia y Color" features an all-new program of dances from the south
of Mexico along with Esperanza's iconic piece "Macaria.
El Teatro Campesino
also encourages residents to come and participate in this community-building
event by constructing a remembrance altar devoted to their topic of
choice.Altars will be on display
beginning one hour prior to performance times the entire week-end.Danza Azteca troupe Calpulli Itzpapalotl will
perform a traditional blessing of the altars and dance in honor of the departed
on each day of the celebration.Altar
space is limited and available by advance request on a space-available basis.
Ticket prices are:Adults $15; Seniors/Students $12; Children
$8. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit
For more information about altar creation or
volunteering to help with the Day of the Dead activities on Saturday, please
contact Rosa Escalante at 831-297-2886
or at email@example.com.
This show is part of the 2012 San Juan Cycle,
an annual series of plays, performances, and cultural celebrations that are
uniquely tailored to California's "City of History," Old San Juan
Bautista, home of El Teatro Campesino (ETC) for
forty years. Support
for the creation and presentation of The San Juan Cycle has come from Community
Foundation of San Benito County, and California Arts Council.
Teatro Campesino Playhouse is located at 705 Fourth St. in Historic San Juan