"Enlightenment is found within the darkest of hours"
Detroit, MI - On October 25th through 27th 2018 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings St Ballroom in Detroit comes an extraordinary assemblage of 125 artists from across this world to display 150 of their most introspective creations at the 11th 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
are 3 nights of DAMNED, each with its own distinct theme for the
ambiance and performances that flourish within the exhibition:
10/25 “The Darkness” – A night of introspective exploration within the shadowed and primal essence of self. This opening night features an intimate VIP Preview/Artist Reception, an absinthe tasting courtesy of Two James, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.
10/26 “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 of B Nektar Meadery and exotic fire, aerial and experimental performances.
10/27 “The Masquerade“ – A festive celebration through a menagerie of exotic cirque, sensual rhythms and masquerade. This closing night features the formal mask-mandatory masquerade ball, an elegant 13-dish strolling dinner prepared by on-site chefs, Ginger Devil whiskey sampling courtesy of Rusted Crow Spirits, sensuous dance performance interludes, the dreamworld aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu (Happy Endings) and a menagerie of strolling cirque performances all night. This night is mask mandatory and proper attire only.
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 includes Satori Circus, Detroit Circus, Jade Ashekerra, Shadowe Feuer, Jennabelle Feuer, Stella Isis Rothe and Rocky Raquel. Aurally, the haunting gallery soundtracks are custom designed by Life Toward Twilight with the mesmerizing live music ambiance of Dixon's Violin and Marcus Copernicus.
on Saturday October 27th, DAMNED will transform the exhibition into a
sensuous celebration of extravagant delicacies, libations and dance with
a formal, mask-mandatory Masquerade Ball.
With doors opening at 7pm for private viewing of the exhibition, this
very intimate VIP engagement will include an elegant 13-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 by Detroit Circus at 9:30 amidst the art. Then from 10pm until 2am, the evening becomes enveloped with the dreamworld aural ambiance of DJs Josh Burge (Plastic Passion) and Slofu
(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 and River's Edge Gallery in Wyandotte 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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11th Annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness Art + Performance + Dining + Masquerade
October 25th through 27th 2018 VIP 7pm to 9pm - General 9pm to 2am
Each year, the raffle has raised up to $1500
that 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
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.”
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.
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, the DAMNED Exhibition and fine alternative jeweler Atelier Gothique
have 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.
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