Neon 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.