Detroit, MI - On October 24th through 26th 2019 at the Tangent Gallery/Hastings St Ballroom in Detroit comes an extraordinary assemblage of 158 local and international artists to display their most introspective creations at the 12th annual DAMNED Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness. From the infamous to the freshest of 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:
- 10/24 “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, an on-site chef preparing hot hors d’œuvres and experimental aerial and butoh-inspired performances.
- 10/25 “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.
- 10/26 “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 strolling dinner prepared by on-site chefs, 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.
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 2019, 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.
Then on Saturday October 26th, 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 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 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, Rat Queen Vintage in Hamtramck 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.
+ 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, 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.
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.
Danielle ~doxie Kaltz
Burners without Borders Detroit