Experience masks from the Devils Dance up-close and personal at new OSU exhibit

Jack McLaughlin

Just in time for Halloween, and taking place during National Hispanic Heritage Month, is a new exhibit that allows you to get up close and personal with an array of fascinating festival masks from the famous Devils Dance of Ecuador.

“Dancing with Devils: Latin American Masks Traditions” officially opens to the public today. The show is held inside the Barnett Center, which is located at 1184 Barnett Rd. 

With a combination of real-life masks and photographs from OSU multimedia journalism instructor Leonardo Carrizo, the new show seeks to bring festival masks from the Diablada de Píllaro (Devils Dance of Píllaro, Ecuador) to life in Central Ohio.

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The Devils Dance festival is one of the most widely-known in Latin America, and traces its roots back to the 15th century. During its performance, individuals in elaborate masks “dance, play, laugh at authority, provoke, and taunt spectators as multifaceted and resilient masked figures of Latin America’s past and present,” according to a press release from Ohio State University.

The exhibit will also feature a variety of interactive programs and events, which you can find a full list of here. An online compliment to the exhibit can be found here, with Carrizo’s photos.

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