The wheel has turned another rotation and it’s time again for The Day of the Dead. Dia de los Muertos. A time to remember, grieve and celebrate. That last one can be a bit of a challenge when we’re in the depths of mourning and wishing we could have one more day, one more conversation, one more look into our loved one’s eyes.
In Tucson, we have it a whole lot easier than most, thanks to the All Souls Procession. The history of this event, now in its 27th year, is as storied as it is colorful. As touching as it is fierce. And it can’t be told any better than by the founders themselves at the All Souls website.
Nadia Hagen and her Pyrotechnic Theatre Company Flam-Chen have lit up Tucson with an artistic, creative force that is second to none. I believe it was the New York or maybe the Chicago Times that said Flam-Chen was “…like Cirque du Soleil, if Cirque had fire instead of money.”
Nadia is the reason I am a fire performance artist and I’m proud to say I have performed in the All Souls Procession back when it was a teeny tiny affair of fewer than 10K people. Now, less than 10 years later, the ranks of those processing and attending the event are well over 100K. Check out the gallery and you’ll begin to see why.
Nadia is the artistic director of the All Souls, the director of Flam-Chen and the artist behind the skull pendant created by A Nice World. The silver-plated fundraiser pendant bears an image taken directly from Nadia’s original digital drawing, which is an homage to the Urn itself, shown here in the background. As our 2015 Key Nonprofit Partner, 100% of sales benefit the cause.
Consider making one of these your own, to support this great organization. Order one in honor of someone you’ve lost and know that your purchase helps others deal with their own, personal, perhaps similar losses. Or pick one up just because you love cool skull designs. Wherever you are, whomever you’ve lost, here’s to your focus on the light and joy as you celebrate their memory, every way you can.