Edwardian Ball Preview - An Elegant Whimsical Celebration of Art, Music, Theatre, Fashion, and Technology

Music & Action

Paradox Media and Vau de Vire present The Edwardian Ball® on Saturday, February 14th, 2014 at TheFonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  The award-winning Edwardian Ball® founders Rosin Coven and co-hosts Vau de Vire Society bring a featured Edward Gorey story to life on stage with original music, theatrical choreography and narration…this year presenting ‘The Beastly Baby’ which is described “a calmly horrific tale about a most unpleasant infant everyone is trying to get rid of…” It’s where literary fans are as welcome as Goth clubgoers and where the high-flying trapeze and steam-powered machines create the backdrop for elegantly dressed ballgoers waltzing their way from absinthe to the dance floor.

A bit of Circus - Acrobatics

This is an  elegant, and whimsical extravaganza of costumery, carnival, music,acrobatics, ballroom dancing and fashion; an outrageous celebration of an unforgettable era while honoring Edward Gorey, the prolific master of ominous storytelling.

Performance

Step into a uniquely immersive world, where turn-of-the-century meets world-to-be in a fantastic blend of performance and audience, of sights, sounds, and magic.  One can expect an irreverently elegant blend of theatre, circus, live music, DJs, ballroom dancing, parlour games, steam machinery, aerial performances, obscure props, period technology, games, fashion shows and an Edwardian inspired Vendor Bazaar.  All in attendance are invited to return to a time of well-dressed gentility by creating characters and costumes for the occasion – instilling a madhouse slapdashery of costumery by nearly every single attendee.

Fashion

The Edwardian Ball® is returning to Hollywood's beautiful Fonda Theatre for a night of music, dance, theatrics, circus arts, ballroom dancing, midway gaming, mischief, and, of course, the art and stories of Edward Gorey! Featuring Rosin Coven, Vau de Vire Society, TRAPEZE DJs Delachaux & The Klown, The Gentlemen Callers of Los Angeles, Gorey-inspired Fashion Show & Living Statues by Dark Garden Unique Corsetry and Bridal Couture, The John Brothers Piano Company, Owl Tree Tarot & Tinctures, Our Famous Portrait Booth, Ballroom Dancing, Rooftop Vendor Bazaar, Midway Gaming and many more TBA.  Also, attendees can enjoy absinthe cocktails, full food menu and ample parking.

Fun and Whimsy

Since 1999, The Edwardian Ball® has steadily grown from a Bay Area underground club phenomenon into a full-fledged festival celebrating its 15th annual in San Francisco (with sell-out nights the last three years) featuring arts and culture, and focusing on the esteemed works of the late, great author/illustrator Edward Gorey…bringing his tales to life on stage. Now with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, the truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), will be honored for his body of over 100 works. Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. He wrote and illustrated such popular books as The Doubtful Guest and The Gashlycrumb Tinies and illustrated works as diverse as Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and Edwardian settings. He was also a very successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Edward Gorey's Dracula. Animated sequences of his work have introduced the PBS series Mystery! since 1980.

Ballroom Dancing

Resorting to the sure-fire means of getting one’s book published by becoming a publisher, Edward Gorey created The Fantod Press in 1962. His first title, writing as Ogred Weary, was The Beastly Baby, a small tale concerning a particularly unpleasant infant. Every publisher to which Gorey had pitched the work had rejected it…perhaps because it’s about a baby called "it” who is so wicked that "it" cuts off the head of a cat. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Gorey  

Extravaganza

The 15th Annual Edwardian Ball® and World’s Faire in San Francisco will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 16th and 17th, 2015 at the stunning historic Regency Ballroom.

Paradox Media – For over 17 years Paradox Media, owned and operated by Justin Katz, has been producing an eclectic variety of art and music events in the San Francisco Bay Area. These have included festivals such as ArtCar Fest, How Berkeley Can You Be!?, Oakland World Music & Jazz Festival, ArtFest’s Spectra Ball, Mission Bazaar, and Burning Man’s annual SF Decompression; independent theater with Everyday Theatre’s “The Bright River” and nonprofit community events with Epic Arts.  Paradox Media is the exclusive presenter of Rosin Coven, Founders of The Edwardian Ball in 1999. Katz is the bassist for Rosin Coven and a founding member of this unique ensemble. Katz also works for Goldenvoice / AEG Live, producing hundreds of concerts and special events in the San Francisco region at the Warfield Theatre, The Regency Ballroom, festivals, and arena concerts.

Vau de Vire Society - Founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Shannon and Mike Gaines, the San Francisco-based entertainment company Vau de Vire Society has been titillating crowds around the world with its unique brand of interactive and thematic art, dance and circus events. This avant-cabaret community consists of classically-trained dancers, some of the nation's most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, sideshow acts, fire-performers, thespians and beautiful circus freaks. The group has been cross-pollinating genres by collaborating with an eclectic variety of world-renowned musicians and DJs in their creation of original stage shows. Currently producing The Soiled Dove - a circus-infused dinner theatre set in the Barbary Coast’s red light district. Notable collaborations include New Bohemia NYE, Lagunitas Beer Circus, Cirque du Soleil (Corteo), San Francisco Symphony, Bassnectar, The Dresden Dolls, Calvin Harris and The Madd Vibe Orchestra…with live support performances for James Brown, Primus, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Velvet Revolver, The Cure and many other highly respected international artists.  In addition to producing The Edwardian Ball since 2005, Vau de Vire is most widely recognized for their numerous music and arts festival commissions, having curated live-music stages and multi-day variety entertainment amidst their custom built environments.  Past and ongoing festivals include: Outside Lands Festival, Bumbershoot Festival, Download Festival, Symbiosis Gathering, Lightning in a Bottle, Exprescion on Alcatraz, Burning Man and Super Village at Super Bowl '08.   Vau de Vire’s latest creation is the Inner Mission, a 600 seat music, arts and experimental theater located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district.  www.vaudeviresociety.com

The Fonda Theatre is a historic 1920's venue originally built as Carter De Haven's Music Box and is formerly known as The Henry Fonda Theatre and The Music Box. One of Hollywood's first legitimate theatres, the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre experienced a variety of incarnations during the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's as part of an entertainment district of exceptional quality and diversity. The Fonda Theatre is an all ages venue. http://www.fondatheatre.com/ 

Los Angeles Event:

What: The Edwardian Ball® “My Gorey Valentine!” presents Edward Gorey's “The Beastly Baby”

When: Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Doors and Show at 8:00pm – All Ages Welcome

Where: The Fonda Theatre - 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
            (323) 464-0808 or visit http://www.fondatheatre.com/.       

Tickets: Purchase: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/750879-edwardian-ball-los-angeles-hollywood/

GA Tickets: $50  Includes main floor and rooftop Carnival, limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

VIP Tickets: $85  Includes all GA access plus admission to seated balcony with cocktail service and prime view of stage.

VIP Private Booth: $400 for 4 people, $600 for 6 people on Balcony or Main Floor Includes private booth with table service, great visibility of stage and dance floor. One ticket is good for the entire booth – the best seats in the house!

 

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