Hands-on Workshop and Dance Performance
with Zafiro Romero-Acevedo and Telphochcalli Traditional Mexican Performance Arts & Theater
Free and open to all ages!
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm
Pelham Art Center’s Folk Arts Series presents the annual celebration of Mexican Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos). Come join in this festive Mexican tradition in which passed loved ones are remembered with joy and celebration. Renowned artist Zafiro Romero-Acevedo returns to the Pelham Art Center to share the history of one of Mexico’s richest traditions.
Telpochcalli, the Traditional Mexican Performance Arts & Theater, is composed of Mexican, dancers, ages 9-14. These young performers will charm the audience with the traditional Day of the Dead dances, Las Huahuas, from the state of Puebla, Mexico. Their colorful hats represent the Sun God of the Aztec known Huitzilopochtli, Aztec God of Sun and War. Huitzilopochtli’s name is a combination of two Nahuatl words, huitzilin, meaning “hummingbird”, and opochtli, which means “left” — the god’s name translates literally as “Hummingbird on the Left.”
The performance will be followed by an art- making workshop where we will be creating handmade cards in memory of our loved ones using Huichol art bead techniques while learning about the rich history behind the craft.