fabric, buttons, foam, canvas, shells, paper, thread, trim
Inspired by Japanese Noh theater – devoted to the inner lives of ghosts. A Calavera Fashion show and Walking Altar performance at Tropico de Nopal (Los Angeles, CA), Ofrendas 2009. Live sound performance by Aaron Kuehn.
Inspired by an explanation that on Dia de los Muertos, the spirits feel truly free. — Leora: To finish the slow part of the "dance", each calavera will be showered in marigold petals, encouraging her to unveil out of the cloak, and begin her celebration of her free spirit.
(The percussive music begins...) Two calaveras will play the claves, and two will dance with mirrors and admire themselves. The calaveras will dance with each other, and out to the audience. They may shower the audience with left-over marigold petals. This brings the piece to a celebrational note, and raises the energy for the celebration of the other calaveras as they reemerge for their finale appearance.