“Danse Macabre” performed on October 27th by OpendanceAZ as part of the Alwun House’s annual Monsters Ball in celebration of Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos, 2 cultural holidays celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm in Phoenix, AZ. Along with OpendanceAZ several other local companies showcased their creative pieces inspired by this fun, festive and cultural holiday, yes, cultural! For the Mexicans they celebrate the life of the person who passed and their smooth transition from the physical to the spiritual. For all others a time to get crazy, dress up, get some sweets, and a reminder that life is just not that obvious, that there are many ways to look at life and death, how about re-birth! Always a treat to be part of this festivity, Opendancers; Fernando Lino, Natalia Ronceria Ceballos, Tracy Thomason, Emily Angelle shared themselves on this hollowed eve with the cumminity in choreographer: Michele Ceballos Michot’s interpretaion of ”Danse Macabre” . Danse Macabre was written in 1874 by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The story is based in an old French superstition. According to legend, “Death” appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance their dance of death for him while he plays his fiddle . His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year.