Dancers performed choreography on Bart Plaza. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.

From the heart of the Mission on the evening of Día de Muertos, Dance Mission Theater hosted a creative performance from the windows of its studios on 24th and Mission Street, and in the 24th Street BART Plaza. 

The performance began with an acknowledgement of Indigenous land and a Native American drum circle and chanting ceremony. Then, dancers performed from the second story windows of the dance studio on 24th Street as masked onlookers watched from across the street. 

Drummers honored the earth and ancestors as they paused in a moment of silence. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.

Then, across the street from the second-story windows, a film about children detained by ICE was projected as cars and buses drove by, sometimes blocking the performance. 

Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
From inside the windows, dancers performed as the audience watched from the street below. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
A dancer performs from inside the studio window of Dance Mission. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
After the dance performances from the window, some dancers performed in the BART Plaza. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
Dancers performed with masks on. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
Dancers performed for Día de los Muertos on BART Plaza. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
Taiko drumming group Dance Brigade played their drums and danced. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly
The taiko drumming was loud and powerful. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.
Young dancers who performed in Dance Mission’s windows came down to the 24th St. BART Plaza to pose for a photograph. Photo by Clara-Sophia Daly.

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Clara-Sophia Daly is a multimedia storyteller and reporter who has worked both in print and audio. A graduate of Skidmore College where she studied International Affairs and Media/Film studies, she enjoys working at the intersection of art and politics, and focusing on the stories of individuals to reveal larger themes.

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