|Print this story||Permalink|
It’s as if a steampunk circus wasn’t weird enough.
A Gowanus group known for its wacky parties is holding its latest themed spectacle with special guests who also love to perform with a twist — that is, the imaginative world of artist Edward Gorey.
Musicians and performers who draw their themes and metaphors from Gorey’s work — macabre stories and surreal illustrations of sullen skulls, winged creatures, and hapless children — are joining Gemini and Scorpio’s annual steampunk party called the Lost Circus, where jugglers and silk rope dancers mingle with the costumed crowd.
“It’s a sort of a pagan lounge ensemble,” said Justin Katz, bandleader of Rosin Coven.
“We enjoyed being a theatrical band and did what we could in terms of creating characters. Now we are co-creating story lines.”
The musicians of Rosin Coven and the acrobats and dancers of Vau de Vire Society are like the Gemini and Scorpio of the west coast. They’re most famous shindig is the Edwardian Ball, a huge costume party based in the gothic world of beady-eyed creatures and characters.
The band and the performance troupe started out as two separate projects, but they realized they were magical when they joined together to celebrate everything Gorey.
And these artists who like to dress in black are headlining this year’s Gemini and Scorpio party for a good reason — it’s the Gowanus group’s tenth anniversary.
Other special guests include Debauche, a New Orleans Russian mafia band who play rocking gypsy punk, Desert Sin, a troupe that specializes in a neo-tribal, exotic fusion of dance and theater, the Armored Combat League, who hold exhibition matches of medieval armored combat, and DJ Joro Boro, whose delirious rhythms combine Slavic circus with Burning Man.
As with previous year’s renditions of the Lost Circus, the whole thing is a mix of performance and participation. Ticket holders have to dress according to code, which is elaborate as it is inclusive — “dark cabaret, traveling circus, steampunk Victorian,” are among the guidelines — and artists will expect audience members to be more than standing and staring.
“We have a beekeeper’s drinking song that fosters an animal rebellion,” said Katz. “We’ll see what the audience does with that.”
The Lost Circus at the Irondale Center, (85 S. Oxford St., between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, geminiandscorpio.com). Aug. 10, 9 pm–4 am, $30, $40 VIP seating, $15 after 1 am.Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at email@example.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
©2013 Community Newspaper Group
|Print this story||Permalink|
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynDaily.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynDaily.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.