Flowers, skulls and cardboard catrinas take shape and color in the CMA workshops
Preparations are advancing for “Leyendas del Arte”, a large production by the Instituto de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlán, a fusion of dance, music, theater and plastic arts to celebrate the Day of the Dead, one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Mexico.
To celebrate the Day of the Dead on November 1, there will be tours backstage of the Municipal Arts Center and in the Ángela Peralta Theater starting at seven in the evening; The traditional Callejoneada in Centro Historico will begin at eight at night; Altars and outdoor stages will be set up.
In the great public celebration to festively remember the beings who transcended the earthly plane, plastic artists, actors, dancers and musicians from the Municipal Arts Center will participate, joining this annual tradition of great significance in the port.
Altars and flowers
Teachers from the CMA, staff from the Instituto de Cultura and guests also participate in the creative processes that advance at a dizzying pace, like the artisan hands that have created more than 1,500 paper flowers of intense and cheerful colors to mark the path that the people will follow souls at the festival of the living to remember the dead.
Flowers made by CULTURA staff will cover the path towards the altars decorated with offerings at the Ángela Peralta Theater.
The public will be able to see photographs, personal objects and the favorite dishes of beloved characters who completed their cycle on earth and will be honored by CULTURA this Day of the Dead, for their contributions to the cultural and artistic life of Mazatlán.
Altars will also be set up in locations located in Centro Historico: Restaurant Pedro y Lola, La Casa del Caracol Bookstore, Mazatlán Cultural Innovation Center (CICMA), El Recreo, La Molcajetería, The Museum of Art, La Casa de las Leyendas and Panama Pastry Shop.
Skulls and catrinas
With extensive knowledge of materials, time, skill, creativity and a lot of patience, students and teachers from the CMA School of Fine Arts shape and color cardboard skulls and catrinas, which will attract attention for their intense and bright colors.
With materials such as cardboard, scissors, cutter, paste, steel, wire mesh, foam rubber, paints, brushes and varnishes, they shape the catrinas inspired by the popular Garbancera drawn for the first time by the Mexican artist Guadalupe Posada and rescued and painted later by Diego Rivera.
In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd and since 2003 it was named intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
Tickets to participate in the tours inside the CMA and the Ángela Peralta Theater will be delivered on Monday, October 30th at 10:00 am in the TAP lobby.