Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dia de los Muertos dance performance in El Paso's Philanthropy Theatre

Someone posted a video of an excellent dance performance from the Philanthropy Theatre in downtown El Paso. This was also performed twice during the Dia de los Muertos festival in Union Plaza by the same group. The music, which is "Cabaret Hoover" from the film "The Triplets of Belleville," is a perfect complement to this skeletal dance. All credit for this goes to the cinematographer.

Skeleton dance

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Centro Mayapan


Ofrendas at Centro Mayapan. Photos taken at Festival Dia de los Muertos at Centro Mayapan, El Paso, Texas, November 3, 2007.


The wonderful Son Jarocho group from Veracruz — Son de Madera. Photos taken at Festival Dia de los Muertos at Centro Mayapan, El Paso, Texas, November 3, 2007.

Ofrendas at Centro Mayapan. Photos taken at Festival Dia de los Muertos at Centro Mayapan, El Paso, Texas, November 3, 2007.


My daughter as a Catrina. Photos taken at Festival Dia de los Muertos at Centro Mayapan, El Paso, Texas, November 3, 2007.

A very tired Catrina three hours later, and yours truly — Mondo Loco. We were stopped several times for photos, including El Diario and What's Up. Photo taken at Festival Dia de los Muertos at Centro Mayapan, El Paso, Texas, November 3, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Celebration at Union Plaza

Processional through Union Plaza. Photos taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

Dancers at Union Plaza. Photo taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.


Dancers watch a fellow troupe. Photo taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

El Paso artist Cesar Ivan with one of his hand-made esqueleto marionettes. I'm glad to own one! Photo taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

Papel picado streamers adorn Union Plaza. Photo taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

Candles, marigolds and water on an ofrenda. Water is a common offering during Dia de los Muertos. Others includes salt, pan de muertos and fruit. Photo taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

This ofrenda was in honor of El Paso's police and firefighters fallen in the line of duty. Photo taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

Sugar skulls adorn an ofrenda. Photo taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

Sugar skulls being sold by El Paso Calavera Company. Photos taken at the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Union Plaza, El Paso, Texas, November 2, 2007.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Mexican Consulate

Sugar skulls and flores de muertos or cempasuchil (marigolds, the traditional flower of Dia de los Muertos)






The proverbially cool Marina Monsisvais and her hubby as La Catrína and El Catrín.




These photos are from the magnificent ofrenda for Frida Kahlo at the Mexican Consulate. Part of the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Adair Margo Gallery

Ofrenda to El Paso artist Tom Lea. Part of the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Clarkston Art, Guitars & Gifts


Ofrenda to Vincent Van Gogh. Part of the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Tourist Distractions Gallery

Ofrenda honoring fallen El Paso soldiers lost in the war in Iraq. Part of the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - El Paso Chile Company

One of several beautiful, large painted paper maché skulls at El Paso Chile Company. Part of the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Hal Marcus Gallery





I purchased the figure in the left of this photo (female calavera kneeling in front of casket).

Original artwork, folk art pieces and large ofrenda at the Hal Marcus Gallery. Part of the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - Marie Otero Salon


Artwork at Marie Otero Salon. Part of the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - El Paso Museum of Art - Part 2


Ofrenda to Frida Kahlo, in honor of the centennial of her birth. Inside the El Paso Museum of Art gift shop. Photos taken during the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.

Dia de los Muertos 2007 - El Paso - El Paso Museum of Art, Part 1






Some of the many Dia de los Muertos folk art pieces for sale at the El Paso Museum of Art's gift shop. Photos taken during the Culture Cruise to Die For, November 1, 2007.