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Paradiso Festival 2013 Performance Recap

Paradiso Festival 2013 Goblin Queen Super Geek LeagueNeon soundwaves shattered the hills of the Pacific Northwest with sounds of bass, trap, tech house, and a variety of electronica noise accompanied by 27,000+ decked out fans. A smiling American mouse saluted an American stadium built in a dreamland of epic, and epic it was.

Tall, beautifully-grotesque creatures shambled through the massed throngs of happy, rocked out ravers. The Kandi kids shouted PLUR! and traded strings of creativity with their colorful world. The Bro culture threw their egos aside for a moment and joined humanity in a space that merged nature with the freedom of large sound. Amusement rides spiraled throughout the amphitheater, creating wonder and dazzling the hillside. Lights and lasers shot into the night, accompanying the music of the Millenials.

We created a world of Whomp, and unleashed ourselves in mass. Paradiso Festival 2013 had arrived.

Paradiso 2013 was the 4th USC Events show that I have had the pleasure of performing at with Super Geek League. About a year ago, I moved to the Pacific Northwest from Denver, CO. with the goal of becoming a national nightlife performer. I am a fire performer, a stilt walker, an aerialist, and a dancer. Paradiso 2013 was my first major performance at an Electronica Festival. I rocked 4 costume changes both Friday and Saturday, clocking in around 19 hours per day.

The weekend went by in a whirlwind of awesome.  National performers and performance teams including Super Geek League, Wildchild World, Team EZ, Stilt Circus, Fire Groove, Emerald City Trapeze, and performers from Las Vegas took over the visually stunning Gorge Amphitheater and performed next to some of the top DJ’s in the world. Dozens of costumes littered the walls and tables of the performance base camp. Rapid fire schedule changes, multiple stages, and production professionals turned the Paradiso Backstage area into a ballet of coordinated performances.

Daytime was filled with stilting shenanigans and costumed aliens. We had brought our own interactive sound, the talented Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, and we unleashed them on the crowd.

As dusk turned to dark, the setting sun signaled the time to unleash fire! It’s always an amazing experience, being in front of thousands of people. Add a bit of fire performance and large sound to the mix and you have something truly exhilarating.

As fire ended, the light costumes came out to play. Modern technology is allowing us to turn ourselves into shining bits of art. We get to play with the workings of visual attraction and interactive movement. There’s a certain satisfaction that comes with watching thousands of people light up with wonder and amazement as they react to a combination of dance and visual art.

Paradiso Festival 2013 was an amazing spectacle. Next up, Freak Night.

Make sure to check out Super Geek League online and come to our show July 20th at the Neptune in Seattle. Many thanks to USC Events and all of the amazing events that they throw.

Working With Limitations

There are times when I find myself pushing my body to its limits. I’ve noticed that when I don’t eat healthy and then push myself, I tend to get sick. This past week has been a one-two-three knockout punch to my immune system. A combination of stress, eating incorrectly, performing, and a lack of sleep all caused me to finally go down for the count. I got a bit sick.

The stress and lack of sleep both stem from my current jobs. My day job, which I find to be quite fun, is getting slammed during this Christmas season. My department alone has done more sales in the first few days of this month than it has ever done in any previous month. Combine that with my contract jobs, which are really shifting into high-gear for the end of the year, and I’m pushing myself to my work-limit. This has caused me to fall a little behind on the learning Python coding.

Capacity and DesirePerforming at the Bootie Seattle Holiday Party was a blast. I managed to round up a decent costume. I practiced my face painting skills with some new Mac makeup. The design I used was based off of a Wildchild World photo. I didn’t have enough time to really go all the way with the makeup, but I got far enough that I was getting some pretty decent compliments throughout the night. There are some really helpful guides on face-painting techniques over on http://www.reddit.com/r/makeupaddiction.

It’s always fun to have random people come up to you later in the night and thank you for performing. I like to inspire people and it’s nice to hear it when I do. Check out the video of A+D rocking out (with a bit of dancing in the background) here.

Saturday through Wednesday afternoon were spent recovering from being sick and I almost didn’t make it to aerial. I’m really glad I did though because I ended up nailing a move that I’ve been wanting to do for a few weeks! Progress!

This next week, I plan on stepping up the Python coding, eating healthy, working out more and finishing some of the contract jobs I’m working on. The next big performance is in two weeks for NYE with Super Geek League. I can’t wait to show you all the costume I’m going to be wearing for NYE!!!

Bass Fans and Pictures

Ah! It’s always wonderful to get in a new set of fans for the Facebook page! I finally figured out how I’m going to grow the site and Facebook pages without paying for tons of promotions. I’m going to use my camera (BTW Bassdrop fans… Dubstep fans in general… you all rock!). I took a ton of pictures of Friday’s Bassdrop show and many of them turned out great! I’m glad I got to capture so many moments as they happened. This new camera rocks! I can’t wait to do it again. If you haven’t seen the pictures from the show, hit up the Facebook page and check them out!

I got to meet Freaq Nasty at the show on Friday. Awesome, awesome person. He’s directly responsible for me dancing so hard at a night at Burning Man 2010 that I went through 3 gallons of water (Ishe, Bassnectar, Freaq Nasty, and Mimosa… best set EVER!).

Bassdrop Music WashingtonSpeaking of the camera, it was really hard to dance with it. I’m going to have to find a way to make a camera holster for while I’m dancing. I have the camera bags, it will now be about finding out the right combination of straps to make the camera accessible and safe while moving.

This weekend was fairly hectic; Friday was the Bassdrop show. Saturday was spent editing and posting the photos from Friday night and then running off to work for a while. I then spent the rest of the weekend working on a client’s website. All of the website stuff pushed me back on the timeline for learning Python (I also dropped the ball on some workouts and conditioning for Aerial).

This week is going to be spent finishing the client’s site, playing catch-up on all of the coding, and prepping for this weekend. Bootie Seattle Holiday Party is this Friday. I’ll be dancing at it. Come out and see me! Bootie shows are so much fun! Hopefully I’ll have a costume ready by then. I’ll also work on face painting this week to be ready for the show.

I’m really excited to be booked for NYE! More on that in the next post (look for it later this week).

Dancing With Excitement

The Weekend

Ah! And how! Life throws so many things at me sometimes, both good and bad. My weekend was amazingly jam-packed with life! I managed to; work for a client and get their website up and running, go to a barbecue, help host and promote a very successful event at my work, go to a friend’s welcome home party, learn coding, dance at a new and fantastic venue, and go to my work’s holiday party.

Capacity and Desire DanceI always love meeting and sharing new experiences with people. The new venue that I danced in wasn’t like any place that I have danced before! It was located in what looked like an office building in the heart of downtown Seattle. You had to go down a side street, into an unmarked door, up some stairs, and then hang a random left. Boom! Out of nowhere there was a place packed with art, instruments, drinks, dancing, sound, and Burners. Take an old fashioned, gate-closing service elevator to the second floor and you’d see an open gallery populated with more dancers and art.

It was on this second floor that I got to perform. I danced! I don’t know what was up with me that night but I was really feeling the music. Aerial practice is helping me learn a whole new range of movements. After my performance, I had people coming up to thank me for putting on a show. Ah ah! I must be doing something right. It feels good to see people inspired by my movements! I’d like to thank Matt Freedman of Matt Freedman Photography for the great photo he took of me while I was dancing.

The camp, that threw the event, was made up of some of the most wonderful loving and kind people that I have had the pleasure to be around. I’ll definitely be looking them up during Burning Man 2013.

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Capacity and Desire FXSpeaking of Burning Man 2013, who’s excited for the new Cargo Cult theme?! I’m going to be developing a space man and alien costume for the event. I’ll be using the FX Prosthetic and Electronic Fashion Design books that just came in the mail to help me.

This week I’ll be; learning more coding with Python, working on client’s web sites, designing a costume for Bootie Seattle’s event next weekend, Aerial practice, learning makeup design, working on a new Burning Man Project and Burner’s Without Borders charity and art project, and working on my photography!