July 26, 2011
This FRIDAY, July 29th, join me, theatrical spectacle rabble-rousers Collaboraction, and circus punk rock marching band Environmental Encroachment at the DOME OF DOOM at the “Polish Triangle” in Wicker Park in Chicago! That’s the intersection of Division, Milwaukee and Ashland. We’ll be there from 5-7 pm.
It’s part of Out of Site Chicago, Wicker Park/Bucktown SSA #33 and Walkabout Theatre Company’s series of unexpected performances in unexpected places.
Wait, what is the Dome of Doom? It’s a real-life recreation of the scene in The Order of Odd-Fish in which knights don costume armor and fight in a gladiatorial arena!
We will supply the geodesic Dome and the costumes (although you’re invited to come in your own costume!). Competitors―that is, anyone who walks by and wants to join in―put on a costume and dance-battle each other to the delight of judges and a raucous crowd of spectators.
You’ve got 60 seconds to show off your best moves and take your opponent down, all to the marching-band music of Environmental Encroachment. All ages! (Don’t have a costume? We’ll have plenty on hand for you to use.)
TWO DANCERS ENTER. ONE DANCER LEAVES!
Collaboraction, Environmental Encroachment, and I have been throwing these Dome of Doom dance parties since last spring, when it was the centerpiece of the Order of Odd-Fish fan art gallery show..
Since then, we’ve done it in Logan Square (that’s the video above) and in the Loop next to the Harold Washington library.
It’s always ludicrous fun. And I used to live in Wicker Park, so this will be a kind of homecoming for me.
Still confused about the Dome of Doom? The video below, made to explain the original dance-fighting costume party, will demonstrate to you what we mean:
See you Friday, I hope!