Death and dancing don't generally go together--unless you're pulling a Weekend at Bernie's, doing the zombie-laden Thriller dance or attending a very nontraditional funeral. But Saturday, Oct. 27, Off Center Dance Project presents a lively Halloween show, Dance of the Dead, at the El Korah Shrine Center.
The creative company employed plenty of red body paint and stretched sheets of latex in the premiere of Artistic Director Kelli Brown's Skin at the Boise Dance Co-Op performance in August. Audiences should expect more innovative choreography and technical skill mixed with horror and humor at the company's second-annual Halloween performance.
According to a press release, the show features dancers, grim reapers and a cast of "thrillers." But it won't be all ghosts and ghouls. One piece, Dia de los Muertos, pays homage to the Mexican Day of the Dead with inspiration from traditional forms of celebrations such as altars and sugar skulls but combines them with a bit of folklore. The piece will also be performed at the Idaho State Historical Museum for November's First Thursday event Nov. 1.
Three other pieces round out the show, including one that uses tarot cards as inspiration. Musician J. Rebeca Suarez is also slated to perform.
Break out your Halloween costume and you may take home a prize at intermission. Tickets are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.