Dia de los Muertos -- Day of the Dead -- will be celebrated at the Bankhead Theater in the week ahead by Oakland Ballet in "Luna Mexicana" with spirited dances, lively music and colorful costumes.
The show, created by artistic director Graham Lustig, highlights the festive cultural traditions of Mexico where families come together Nov. 1 and 2 to welcome the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion.
The program includes "Viva la Vida," a collaboration between Lustig and Martin Romero, artistic director of Ballet Folklorico Mexico Danza. The piece's striking visual energy honors Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her love of animals and bright colors.
The day before the public performance of "Luna Mexicana," two abbreviated performances will be presented to students in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. To encourage whole families to attend the performance at the Bankhead, a special student price of $10 per ticket is being offered.
Prior to the event, mariachi music will set the mood, and food made by the Granada High School Latinx Club will be sold. An "ofrenda" set up by the Hispanic Heritage Center will be in the lobby, in keeping with traditional altars done for the holiday to honor ancestors with food and photographs.
Oakland Ballet's "Luna Mexicana" begins at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 17) at the Bankhead Theater. Call 373-6800 or visit lvpac.org for ticket information.
The ballet will also bring "Luna Mexicana" to Pleasanton the following week, with a performance at the Amador Theater at 7 p.m. on Oct. 25. For tickets, visit www.firehousearts.org or call 931-4848.