Luna Mexicana

Photo: Ron Lessard

Luna Mexicana celebrates the iconic Mexican holiday, El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with colorful costumes, vibrant music and festive dancing. Day of the Dead originated in the Aztec Culture and evolved into a Mexican/American Festival celebrated on November 1st and 2nd with processions, decorating graves of loved ones, and the building of Ofrendas (offerings) to honor the dead. In Luna Mexicana, a young woman dreams back to life relatives and friends – teetering skeletons, skirt swishing girls, a high flying “deer dancer” and a deathly Bride and Groom. Luna Mexicana is danced to a suite of Mexican music that includes indigenous instruments and witty electronic fusions.

* Can be performed in conjunction with an educational residency.

“Lustig manages to combine a playful attitude with touching reverence for the spirits of the departed. [The characters] are encouraged to party by a fabulous suite of Mexican music that includes indigenous instruments, plaintive “rancheras” and witty electronic fusions. Amid the skirt-swishing gaiety, individual performances stand out in a series of vignettes: notably the high-flying “deer dance”; a rickety duet for a Bride and Groom, who clearly waited too long to tie the knot; and a floor show in which dancer Laney Engelhard (Luna) is courted by a trio of love-struck skeletons.” -Robert Johnson, The Star Ledger

“The title piece, “Luna Mexicana,” demonstrated Graham’s playfulness and storytelling prow-ess.” -Wendy Liscow, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog