On October 27th through 29th 2016 in Detroit comes the ninth annual assemblage of extraordinary artists from across this world to display their most introspective creations at DAMNED– An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness.
Although I have attended this event for several years in a row now, this will be my first time having art in the show, and I could not be more excited!
From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse. Rising from within the ashes of Detroit’s historic institution of Devil’s Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live ethereal music and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.
There are three nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that flourish within the exhibition:
– Thu 10/27 “The Darkness” – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimate VIP Preview/Artist Reception, a formal absinthe tasting courtesy of Two James Spirits, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.
– Fri 10/28 “The Enlightenment” – A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal. This gala night features a VIP sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with flavored mead tasting courtesy of B. Nektar and exotic fire performances.
– Sat 10/29 “The Masquerade” – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball, an elegant seated 6-course aphrodisiac-inspired dinner, sensuous dance performance interludes, the aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu (Happy Endings) and a menagerie of strolling cirque performers all night. ( see Ball event page for details: www.facebook.com/events/1097889380307672 )
For 2016, the DAMNED talented lists of performers include Satori Circus, Detroit Circus, Amber Carter, Jade Ashekerra, Shadowe Feuer, Jennabelle Feuer and Stella Isis Rothe accompanied with live aural ambiance by Dixon’s Violin and Marcus Concernicus.
DRESS CODE: For Thursday and Friday, there are no dress codes but dressy red and/or black is welcomed. For Saturday’s Masquerade Ball, proper attire and mask are MANDATORY. See website for details and visual samples.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Tickets start at $15 and include the art exhibition and performances. VIP upgrades with absinthe tasting, onsite chefs, special performances and access to the sensually lush VIP Mezzanine are also available. For ticket details and to order, please visit:
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DAMNED IX – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness
Fine Art + Performance + Fine Dining + Masquerade Ball
October 27th through 29th 2016
VIP 7pm to 9pm – General 9pm to 2am – 18+
Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, Michigan
Hope to see youse there! Mi’iwi [that’s all]