12th Annual Celebration
Saturday, October 22, 2011
12PM - 12AM

EMBRACED RITUALS: Performers from different cultures around the world will offer their rituals, ceremonies and traditions to honor their departed loved ones.


12:00pm - 2:00pm:

Africa. The instruments used in this ensemble consist of 7 Zimbabwean marimbas of various sizes along with vocals, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet. The word "Masanga" comes from an African word that means the coming together of rivers or roads representing the meeting of African, Latin and American traditions in this group.



12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Face Painting
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Arts & Crafts Paint your Calavera
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Enrique Brito Drawing Calavera Techniques


PROCESSION : The Transition of the Souls

2:00 pm & 7:00 pm MAYAN RITUALS
*Pijan Ajal by Eduardo Martinez
PIXAN-AJAL ensamble presents Mayan rutial about Funeral traditions, costumes and the cycle of life. Attire with ancient Mayan costume people will call out the soul of diety Chac Mool to dance at the rhythm ancient instruments Tepehuans (trumpets) Bubaleks (water drums) and Mayan Tunkul (drums).

AZTEC RITUALS ( throuought the cemetery)
*Telpochcalli Coyolxauhqui by Ruben Wallee*Citlalli by Elizabeth Becerra * Kalpulli Nezahualcoyotl by Enrique Flores *Danzas de Aztlan by Jose Melendez *Tepeyollot by Jose Melendez * Atlachinolli by Valeria Mora

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous cultures as far back as 2,500-3,000 years. These rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed by these civilizations for centuries. In the pre-Hispanic era, it was common to keep skulls as trophies and display them during the rituals to symbolize death.

These early people believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives. When the Spaniards arrived in the early fifteen hundreds, they discovered the Aztecs and their rituals with human skulls. The skulls were used to symbolize death and rebirth. The Spanish priests perceived the Aztec rituals to be barbaric and pagan. They began to 'help' these pagans by forcing them to assimilate into the Catholic Church. Adapting the indigenous people proved to be difficult, as they already had their own beloved and respected holy days that has endured until present times.



Encuentro de "Son Jarocho" (Traditional Music from Mexico's South East Coast)
4 pm Conjunto Jardin
4 pm Son Mestizo
5 pm Ballet Internacional from Guadalajara
5 pm Ballet Tres Generaciones
6 pm Ballet Xanah
6 pm Desierto Son for Mexicali
7 pm Conjunto Tenecelomeh
8 pm Cambalache
8 pm El Taller de la Decima Espinela fromTalacotalpan, Veracruz
9 pm Porfirio Rosado, Rafael Figueroa, Carlos Rosario y Honorio Robledo
10 pm Special Performance of Patricio Hidalgo & Conga Jarocha
10:30 pm Los Hermanos Rios
11 pm Domingo Siete



Adan Olea Robles * Alejandro Navia * Amber Churchhill * Ana Morales * Andrea (Grupo Chaneque * Antonio Pelayo * Art Chabolla * Miriam Chabolla * Arturo Lopez * Carlos Nieto * Cojoco * David Britton_El Maz * David Tafolla * Elizabeth Burgueno * Elizabeth Retolaza * Eric Quezada * Gabriela Zapata * Geo * Ginnette Rondeau * Hector Hernandez * Hector Silva * Joe Alvarez * John De Jesus * Johnny Benavides (Zurdoc) * Karla Chen * Karla Ely * Kathy Braceland * Katie Phillips * Lilian Escobar * Lisa Cabrera * Mavis Leahy * Michelle Chabot * Mireya alonzo*Orestes Gonzales * Oscar Navarro * Patrick Murillo * Paul Koudounaris * Robert Rosenblum*Santos Ramos * Sara Canchola * Steve O'Loughlin * Susana Sonji (Mari Posa) * Valarie Bermudez * Zero

Special presentation by Dr. Paul Koudounaris. Dr. Koudounaris is the author of The Empire of Death, a newly published book of photos and text which explores the history of bone-decorated religious sanctuaries, and the role of bones and other remains as tools for the veneration of the dead. This unique book was compiled over a five-year period, in which he traveled the world to visit over 70 surviving charnel houses and bone churches, many of which had not previously been studied. The photos in his book are destined to become classics of macabre art, and his research reveals the dialogue which once existed between the living and the dead as a meaningful part of spiritual life. www.empiredelamort.com



Choreograph vision of Salvador Corona & Beatriz Eugenia Vasquez.
4 pm & 9pm

  • Ixchel or The Mayan
  • Ave Maria, Contemporary Ballet
  • Vivaldi piece, Contemporary Ballet
  • La Llorona, classical interpretive dance
  • Amor prohibido
  • Fichas Negras
  • Danzones de Lara
  • Danzones de Lara Born Again
  • Contemporary Men Dance: Contemporary piece performed by two male dancers

5 pm - 9 pm Brazeros Dance Theater

They Gave Us the Land (Quintet) by Brazeros Dance Theater
This interpretive dance piece was inspired by the great Mexican writer Juan Rulfo’s moving story about the hardships of the rural poor in Post-Revolutionary Mexico. These peasants who laid down their lives during the Revolution were promised land in exchange for their lives; the irony being that the land was all desert. An excerpt from Rulfo’s narrative piece: “a big fat drop of water falls, making a hole in the earth and leaving a mark like spit. It’s the only one that falls.” The men wait for other drops, but none come and the cloud races off into the distance. As a result, “the drop of water which fell here by mistake is gobbled up by the thirsty earth.”

Variation of Essence & Evocations by Brazeros Dance Theater
This work is the result of the exploration of dance and theater work about the loneliness of a character that has lost its way onto the path of death or peace of mind. Is a go and return to their memories. “The universe of this life is forgotten and the vastness of the accuracy of death. You could simply say that I have come to meet my expectations. They are nothing but memories wandering I have come to perpetuate. You know, there are days like this where I would have preferred not to wake, as though from early on harbinger of the uncertainties come accompanied by pain”.

White Silence (Duet) by Brazeros Dance Theater
This choreography piece is based in two characters the death and the devil. It is a symbolic metaphor of the relationship between this two characters. Where seduction is always present at the end of the history. It is a universal language where body movement and music are combined in this performance. Brazeroscontemporarydance@hotmail.com

Sleepwalker Path Insert (Duet) by BetaLab (Tijuana, BC)
One of our goals in creating this piece was to express our recorded memory from the movement, while the images are developed from reflection on the need and the struggle to liberate or free. This work is a show aimed at all audiences, where it integrates dance and music to account for an interesting perspective on contemporary movement.

Skirts (Quintet) by Los Sismicos
This choreography piece is about the dancer/music relationship. The dancers intertwine in an upbeat, playful, and mischievous way through the use of space, the relationship with the audience and with each other.


To my Deads by Susana Lopez Libremovimiento”
This piece is for general public. My roots were my inspiration to create this piece. My anscestros are with whom I connect on a daily basis always. I believe that we inherit genetic positions, besides being the best way to remenber them. When we are dancing for them we only use the body as a source of family pictures. Our clothes are white dresses with a skirt that have printed a photo of our dead people. This piece is a trio.

Without You by Susana Lopez “Libremovimiento”
This piece is aimed at young and old, my inspiration was the heartbreak after a break that has shaped my life, the fact of following "waiting for that person" who did he ever know, what happens at that point organic despair, dying, but inwardly I knew that I was expecting something better. I use a lipstick on stage, leaves with written statements that perhaps i'll ask people to read at the beginning


“Orbits” by Catalejo (Tijuana, BC)
Where was our orbits? Are caught periods, bursts of the body: each answer, a sip of traps, continuous translation. Moles are enshrined in the swing, is the time it breaks. Orbits is one created for small spaces and for the general public, where the dancer comes to the music to go deep into a spiral of movement established in the same axis. One cup is his motive. Time is the search engine. www.facebook.com/catalejo

"Le Chic Vanite"by La Silla (Tijuana, BC)
Is a piece that is part of the repertoire of this contemporary dance project in Tijuana. Where the language of this work is characterized by light and playful tone on the subject of vanity. As the young designer's development in its beginnings as choreographer. This is one of its first broad-ranging dance creations which have earned him a place in the dance scene in Tijuana to be called the bright side of contemporary dance, “Le Chic Vanite” is a story of vanity told in a duet full of color. www.facebook.com/lasilla danza

Choreograph vision of Salvador Corona and Beatriz Eugenia Vasquez.
9:30 pmBorn Again: Butoh (Japanese modern dance movement) influenced dance, with indian arabic music, Very eclectic mix, with very pleasant visual costumes performed by 4 dancers
9:40 Contemporary Men Dance: Contemporary piece performed by two male dancers




Mediative Ragas &Talas from India By Paul Livingston
5:30 pm Muerte y Tradicion Stage
6:00 PM Ragas and Talas From India
6:30 pm Lake Rituals and Meditation

Indian music bands performing at the 2011 Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetary - October 22, 2011 Paul Livingstone ~ sitar
Hom Nath Upadhyaya ~ tabla
Alma Cielo ~ tanpura

Leading American sitarist Paul Livingstone, will be accompanied and tabla master Hom Nath Upadhyaya from Katmandu, Nepal, & Alma Cielo on tanpura will play traditional evening ragas transport audiences from meditative states to intricate rhythmic interplay.


 Zen Center "Hungry Soul Ceremony"
6:45pm - Muerte y Tradicion Stage                              
8:00pm - Lake Rituals and Meditation
The Zen Center of Los Angeles (ZCLA) will present their “Gate of Sweet Nectar” service.  It is a creative adaptation of the traditional Soto Zen ritual for feeding hungry ghosts (Kan Ro Mon) and a remarkable example of the transformation of Buddhism in an American setting.

The ceremony incorporates, English and Sino Japanese chanting, traditional Japanese Zen instruments, children’s musical instruments and an opening song written especially for the ceremony by Krishna Das.
The tradition of hungry ghosts goes back to the time of the Buddha and is recorded in the Ullambana Sutra.  In this sutra, the Buddha told a disciple how to save his mother from the Hungry Ghost Realm.  In Buddhist myth, greed and jealousy lead to a rebirth as a hungry ghost. Hungry ghosts have huge, empty stomachs, but their mouths are too small and their necks too thin to take in food. Sometimes they breathe fire and what they eat turns to ash in their mouths. They are doomed to live with incessant craving. Hungry ghosts represent all of our greed and thirst and clinging.


4:45 pm Pankj Misra and Friends
Sitar, Sarangi Jugalbandi
Pankaj Misra, Paul Livingstone, Hom Nath Upadhyaya, Meena Patil & Alma Cielo
Pankaj Misra, a visiting sarangi virtuoso from Kolkata, India performs on the rarely heard sarangi (an ethereal 40 string bowed instrument from North India) in a 'jugalbandi' (dialogue) with sitar of raga improvisations specially chosen for the twilight. Pankaj & Paul have will perform rarely heard ragas for the Day of the Dead exploring the mood of the festival accompanied by Hom Nath, Alma & Meena in dynamic ensemble.

6:15 pm the Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble
(LGE) is a cultural vocal, dance, and drumming group based in Los Angeles, California, and comprised of Garifuna women and men who were born in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and the United States. "Lidereibugu" means "Powerful" in Garifuna and they believe that their ancestors are always around them and guiding them. LGE pays homage to them every time they sing, dance, and play the drums about the rituals of birth, death, strife, celebration, and life, as well as honoring them in our daily lives. “We, Garifuna people, in the living world and our Garifuna ancestors in the spirit world sing and dance together as we continuously intertwine our unique, cultural bond.”


7:00 pm Rubén Albarran
As the lead singer of Mexican band Cafe Tacuba, Rubén Albarran has become a world reknowned artist. His unquestionable talent and unique voice has made him one of the most talented and influential artists of his generation; not only on his native Mexico but all over the world. As a consumate artist, Albarran is constantly putting creativity in motion by getting involved in complex projects, where he can freely  experiment with culture in any form of expression.  When his is not singing for Cafe Tacuba, he is producing albums, exhibiting art work, acting or continuing singing with bands likes Sizu Yantra and recently with Hoppo! 


astrid hadid9:00 pm Astrid Hadad presents “Sobre una Tumba una Rumba
Astrid Hadad unfolds on many levels at the Forum Cabaret as a singer, actress, show woman, dancer... Her sarcasm breeds on politicians and television. From there, she spins a fine web of complicity with the audience. With an incredible wardrobe she has designed herself-- Astrid Hadad is the queen.

Astrid Hadad grew up in small town in Mexico. “It is a baroque country. I grew up with these images. Mexico is a colorful country with a lot of Catholic rigor. I have also used religious images, because I grew up there,” she said. Her make-up is also exaggerated, "based on German Expressionism, because I come from theater." Astrid designs incredible costumes that range from kitsch to absolute modernity.


Featured Artist of the Year

Francisco Ramirez


"Death closes the gates of time, and opens those of eternity."