200 New Yorkers Arrive at Cemetery for Surprise Dia De Muertos Experience (Video)

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Immersive Theater, Feast And Dance Party—Videographer Priest Fontaine Captures Living New Yorkers Celebrating With The Departed

Hundreds of New Yorkers arrive at the 175-year-old Green-Wood Cemetery by candlelight for secret theater/event "happening" on Dia De Muertos, Day of The Dead.

The Arrival - Memento Mori Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Cooper and Leonard Bernstein surely danced in their graves. — Nicky Digital

It was the night after Halloween – Dia De Muertos. And 200 unsuspecting adventurers were brought by Mariachi band from a bar in Brooklyn, the rendezvous, to the 175-year-old landmark Green-Wood Cemetery. All of it was captured by NYC videographer Priest Fontaine.

VIDEO: Watch Priest Fontaine's web video story, in which Brooklyn event maestros Winkel & Balktick talk about the making of “Memento Mori” here. Additional video highlights from Priest Fontaine here.

The secret-location happening was part immersive theater (among the mausoleums), part Day Of The Dead feast, and part dance party (in the Gothic Revival chapel). The live work, commissioned by Espolón Tequila, is first in a series of event Experiences featuring the vision of emerging artists across disciplines. It was the finalé of a one-week run, with earlier shows in Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A photo blogger who covered the event summed it up like this in a web post: "Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Cooper and Leonard Bernstein, all interned there, surely danced in their graves—led by troupe Third Rail Projects—in a three-act performance."

PHOTOS: See photos and read media reports on the show’s four-city run:

From photographer Miguel Angel
ulovei - Search “Memento Mori”

Los Angeles
From photographer Curious Josh (Reiss)
LA Weekly - search “Memento Mori”

San Francisco
From photographer Jenny Cash
SF Weekly - search “Memento Mori”

New York
From photographer Nicholas Rhodes
Nicky Digital - search “Memento Mori”

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