In honor of Dia De Los Muertos, Jamestown and Loco Bloco celebrated our second annual ReclaMisión community event. Brava Theater became a sacred space for an evening of ceremony, music, art and dance. Hundreds passed through to pay their respects and enjoy the performances.
The festivities began with a traditional Aztec dance and blessing ceremony, acknowledging the ancestors and giving thanks for the opportunity to honor their memory. Ofrendas crafted by local artists adorned the Brava lobby as well as the doorways outside the theater -- each an expression of the artists’ memories of loved ones who have passed to the other side.
The performers at ReclaMisión were as rich and diverse as the altars within. Students of Mariachi Juvenil “La Misión” serenaded the streets with the unmistakable sounds of folkloric, ranchera and bolero music. The Cuicacalli Dance School & Company presented a contemporary rendition of indigenous folklorico styles.
Loco Bloco classes from across Jamestown’s various program sites were able to apply the skills they’ve been learning this past semester and move the crowd to the rhythm of the bateria. The Loco Bloco Performance Ensemble showcased pieces from their award winning Carnaval 2018 performance, as well as new material presented publicly for the first time. In classic Loco Bloco form, the bateria took to the streets, closing the night with a raucous performance, shutting down traffic and capturing the attention of the entire Mission neighborhood.
This magical evening could not have been possible without the generous support of our community sponsors. In particular, Precita Eyes, Acción Latina, Galería De la Raza and the San Francisco Department of Children Youth and Families. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude to honor and celebrate the traditions of the Mission Community.