The Ninth Annual Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball: A Night of Fantasy and Imagination

Guests included Peter Pan and Captain Hook

A night of mystical proportions, the ninth annual Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball allowed anyone who wanted an escape from their daily duties into a world of fantasy and vivid imagination on Saturday night at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood.  People flooded the entrance in a myriad of elaborate costumes and masks that ranged from the playful Peter Pan to the sophisticated gowns of the Renaissance. The staff of Splash Magazines Worldwide arrived dressed in costumes courtesy of Valentino's Costumes in Van Nuys. Covering 20,000 years of styles and costumes, everyone was able to find a costume that allowed them to engage in the night of altar egos and fantasy.

Guests danced into the early morning.

  

The night started off in the ballroom. People of all sorts danced to the beautiful sounds of Celtic music as blue, streaming lights and fog filled the room courtesy of MusicBoX and Pacific Dragon Alliance. On the balcony off the stage the DJ orchestrated the music with some refreshing choices, which included an obvious set of David Bowie, the haunting voice of Peter Murphy, and a surprise spin of 'She Sells Sanctuary' by the Cult. Live performances also took place on the main stage in the ballroom, with appearances by: Desert Sin, Drop Black Sky, Sylphirance, Advanced Bliss, Tresk, Funky Gloworm, and Mystery Bird Theatre. Performing to Enya's 'Caribbean Blue' the performers of Desert Sin floated gracefully across stage, swaying back and forth in their white robes. The whole performance was spellbinding, adding a whole other element to the supernatural ambience of the event.

Desert Sin Performance


As the night continued, the audience was awed by the other performers such as Advanced Bliss who entertained with a collaboration of drums and harps and later in the evening Funky Gloworm came out with a new spin on tribal rock and soul. New comers Drop Black Sky, hailing from San Francisco, brought a surrealistic and enchanting sound to the stage that had everyone moving.

Costumes ranged from simply devilish to nice

The Labyrinth of Jareth is the creative genius of a team of artists at the Sypher Art Studios. Sypher Art Studios wanted their guests to relax and indulge in a world of mysticism, fantasy, creativity, and to appreciate the obscurities that make art worthwhile.    

 

Shawn Strider of Sypher Art Studios (left) and a Pirate and Showgirl (right)

After working a hard nine years for this annual event, it is apparent that their work has not gone unrecognized, especially after yet another sold out year. The creativity and imagination put into the event was not limited to a sophisticated adult audience, families also came to experience the spectacles of fairies, goblins, and more. Parents participated by dressing their children in fairy costumes, one family even came dressed as the Nickelodeon cartoon classic 'David the Knome'.  

    

Guests surrounded the spectacular unicorn (left) and families came dressed as their favorite cartoon characters (right)

The theatre itself provided an excellent outlet for Sypher Art Studios to blend the posh outdoor seating and bar area, adorned with plush sofas by candlelight, with more humorous decorations such as the ten-foot tall unicorn that resided in some shrubbery next to the bar. People were able to move around the venue easily as they encountered new surprises around each corner.
    

Ladies arrived dressed in their elegant gowns

Couples came dressed in pairs

The Ninth Annual Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball  was an important reminder that no one is ever too old to get lost in a world of imagination. People of all ages and backgrounds came together to celebrate the ability to unwind and enjoy themselves. Whether or not you believe in fairies, goblins, and unicorns (to name a few of the fantastic guests) it is nearly impossible to leave the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball without a smile on your face.

Some tired tree fairies wait for their ride home

For more information on the Labyrinth of Jareth, please click here

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