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Posted: October 23, 2014

Dia De Los Muertos Arts Festival


Experience the vivid color and flare of the Living Arts Dia De Los Muertos Arts Festival on Saturday, November 1st from 3pm to 11:30pm. The Living Arts is located at 307 East M.B. Brady Street in downtown Tulsa. Tickets to the even may only be purchased at the door for $5 (cash only).

Day of The Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a celebration of Hispanic heritage which honors loved ones who have passed away. This time-honored tradition has been celebrated by Living Arts for 20 years. An extremely popular event, it captures the attention of thousands each year

There is a lot to see and do at the festival both inside and outside, from fantastic food selections to plenty of music and art. Some of the main attractions are the two stages featuring a variety of Hispanic performers, children’s activities including Sugar Skull decorating and chalk art, the Day of the Dead mural contest and a fun game of Loteria (like bingo). See below for a complete schedule of events.

Living Arts is pleased to announce that actor/comedian/playwright and member of the performance group Culture Clash, Herbert Siguenza will be at Living Arts during a special "Meet the Artist" event on October 30th (7:30pm). He will also be performing during the festival on Stage 2 on at 7:15pm.

With everything to do outside at the festival, be sure not to overlook all the great art inside the living arts building. Inside you will find an assortment of alters honoring those who have passed created by many Tulsa artist and families. Additionally will be an installation by artist Santiago Echeverry, “Orishas”.

The visual component of the piece “Orishas” created Echeverry, was made with a custom code in Processing using a Kinect sensor and a webcam to transform the spatial, color and brightness information of choreographed dancers into a virtual three dimensional mathematical representation of their movements. 28000 images are then imported into a video editing software and treated as a still frame animation. The biggest challenge both in the choreography and the video making process was how to preserve the spirituality of the piece in such a logical setup. The solution was a collective leap of faith, embracing the limitations of the technology and approaching ritual repetitive gestures as the building blocks of a piece that only came to life when I invoked the guidance of the virgins of the Caridad del Cobre and Regla, Ochún and Yemayá, goddesses of all flowing waters. The hours and hours of editing and rendering became a zen-like reflection on my own spirituality and the beauty of layered dance and music.

 Schedule of events

Main Stage
3:00 DJ Music
4:00 Ballet Folklorico Tonatiuh
5:30 Hugo Salcedo
6:30 Ballet Folklórico Sol Azteka
7:15 Grupo Acorralado
9:30 Braxus Santana Tribute
11:00 Fire Dancers

Stage 2
3:00 DJ Music
4:00 Tulsa Youth Orchestra
5:00 Grupokzdor de Tulsa
6:30 Tierra Meztiza
7:15 Herbert Singuenza
8:00 Sonbembe
9:30 brujoroots

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