The 10th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness & Formal Masquerade Ball
"Enlightenment is found within the darkest of hours"
OnOctober 26th through 28th 2017 at theTangent Gallery/Hastings St Ballroomin Detroit comes an extraordinary assemblage of135 artistsfrom across this world to display 150 of their most introspective creations at thetenth annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness. From the infamous to the freshest of local and international talent, this prodigious congregation will allow us a glimpse within the diverse shadows of id and ego…of overall mind and encompassing soul guaranteed to intrigue, disturb, inspire or repulse. Rising from within the ashes of Detroit’s historic institution of Devil’s Night, this is not Halloween-themed art but an immersion within the immeasurable realms of consciousness through an elegant ambiance of live ethereal music and cirque/butoh-inspired performances.
There are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the ambiance and performances that flourish within the exhibition:
10/26 “The Darkness”– A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimateVIP Preview/Artist Reception, aformal absinthe tasting courtesy of Two James, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.
10/27 “The Enlightenment“– A night of the extrospective self enlightened through light, fire and the ethereal. This gala night features an on-site chef preparing a sampling of internationally-inspired tapas with flavored mead tasting courtesy ofB Nektar Meaderyand exotic fire, aerial and experimental performances.
10/28 “The Masquerade“– A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features theformal mask-mandatory masquerade ball, an elegant10-dish strolling dinner, sensuous dance performance interludes, thedreamworld aural ambiance of DJsJosh Burge(Plastic Passion) andSlofu(Happy Endings) and a menagerie of strolling cirque performances all night. This night ismask mandatoryandproper attireonly.
DAMNED, first and foremost, is an exhibition of the intensely personal creations that are often born from within the artist’s most darkest hours that often returns them towards the light. DAMNED then cultures an intriguing visual ambiance of art-inspired explorative performance vignettes with the region’s most creative talent. For 2017, the astounding performance roster includesSatori Circus,Detroit Circus,Jade Ashekerra,Shadowe Feuer,Jennabelle FeuerandStella Isis Rothe. Aurally, the haunting gallery soundtracks are custom designed byLife Toward Twilightwith the mesmerizing live music ambiance ofDixon's ViolinandMarcus Copernicus.
Then on Saturday October 28th, DAMNED will transform the exhibition into a sensuous celebration of extravagant delicacies, libations and dance with aformal, mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball. With doors opening at 7pm for private viewing of the exhibition, this very intimate VIP engagement will include an elegant multiple-dish strolling dinner with on-site chefs and sensuous dance performances interludes to further enhance the senses and inspire. Access to the lush and exotic VIP Lounge is included all night with complimentary snacks and refreshments. The public doors then open at 9pm with a special aerial performance byDetroit Circusat 9:30 amidst the art. Then from 10pm until 2am, the evening becomes enveloped with the dreamworld aural ambiance ofDJs Josh Burge(Plastic Passion) andSlofu(Happy Endings) bringing a carefully selected mix of ethereal dreampop, lush trip hop and smooth grooves all blended with alternative classics for a night that will delight your aural senses. All within a menagerie of exotic cirque performances throughout the venue.
Tickets are now available online and at Noir Leather in Royal Oak,River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte and V-Male Vintage in Dearborn Heights starting at $15.
Visit the DAMNED website at “www.thatdamnedshow.com” to review past photos, find further detailed information and to purchase advance tickets.
The Tangent Gallery/Hastings Street Ballroom is located at 715 E. Milwaukee St. in Detroit.
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10th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness Art + Performance + Dining + Masquerade
October 26th through 28th 2017 VIP 7pm to 9pm - General 9pm to 2am
Each year, the raffle hasraised up to $1500that went directly to our favorite charity, Burners Without Borders Detroit, whose sole mission is to help feed and clothe those in need on our city streets through the hand packing and one-on-one giving of survival backpacks. These packs contain a variety of simple needs often taken for granted within our busy lives: toiletries, feminine products, underclothing, canned goods, water, plasticware, the back pack and more. BWB also collects hats, gloves, coats, and blankets during our colder months to coordinate volunteer drives to find and give to those sleeping in the streets. This is real-life grassroots community “giving” by volunteers in the true spirit of the word with no corporate management profiteering!
Be the change you wish to see in Detroit!
+ A MESSAGE FROM BURNERS WITHOUT BORDERS +
“Creating random acts of kindness and service to Detroit's homeless one supply-filled backpack at a time.”
As we all know, Detroit is on hard economic times and it’s getting harder. This is when community-led grassroots organization and networking is needed to help address gaping needs where existing cultural and societal systems are failing.Burners without Borders Detroit(BWBD) is a local chapter of a worldwide volunteer-based outreach organization coalesced from a collective instinct to serve and assist those in need on our streets with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Over the past seven winters, BWBD has collected thousands of items generously donated by the community and organized hundreds of volunteers to create supply-filled backpacks to give directly to those who do not or are unable to go to shelters during the cold months. Since 2009, theDAMNED Exhibitionand fine alternative jewelerAtelier Gothiquehave collaborated annually with BWBD to coordinate collections of needed canned food and financial donations through admission discount offerings and fine jewelry raffles. Through this, we have been able to purchase hundreds of new backpacks each year and fill them not only with the donated canned goods, but with purchased items such as hand warmers, blankets and toiletries. We hope to continue with the goal of giving over 300 backpacks this year, perhaps with a gift certificate to a participating local restaurant so the homeless are able to escape the extreme weather and find some comfort.
As we begin this year's campaign in collaboration with DAMNED and Atelier Gothique, we thank each of you for your past donations and for any future assistance you give to Burners without Borders Detroit. Please know that we can not do what we do without the generous help of people like you.