This was our first year attending the Labyrinth of Jareth in Los Angeles, CA! We had never been, but have been told on numerous occasions that we should:
2. Fit in
We endeavored to do all three at this event for our first time. Luckily the first step was the easiest! We bought tickets, made costumes and attended!
We spent the months of January-July preparing for the weekend out at the Biltmore Hotel - organizing and creating or buying costume pieces. We had a theme organized by our collaborator Kitty Bangbang who wanted us to be cohesive but not matching:
- Kitty was a fire cat all in oranges, reds, and yellows
- Crocodile Tears was a water crocodile that relied on ice motifs
- Selia Something was flora as a snake hiding in the foliage
- Igor was darkness embodied by a silver and black jackal
- Tim was all air and lightness as a gold and white bunny rabbit
- Eve represented metal by being a gold and silver faun
- Joel was our wolf, another layer of darkness and fauna
Once we were there, the socializing and gawking could commence. Labyrinth had several rooms to explore and the grand hall where you could run into people in a variety of costumes and commitment. There were rooms for dancing, rooms for comedy and spaces for socializing and smoking hookah. Picture taking and videography were present throughout the spaces as everyone wanted to document the interesting sites and people.
There were a lot of different styles of acts! The rooms had any or all of the following:
- Belly dancers
- Live bands
- Comedy skits
- Sword fighting
-Acts where they involved the attendees
We planned on joining in on the second night - but Friday we spent our time wandering and taking in the sights and people.
On Saturday we organized ourselves into a promenade of performers showcasing our costumes and talents. We would set up shop in each room for a period of time to conduct and impromptu flow art - fan flow, hooping, juggling, and contact juggling. We had the biggest successes in the Gold Room and the Goblin Room. We passed out a lot of business cards so we hope it results in some leads or perhaps we can start the conversation of joining their ranks of performers.
Written by Eve Riot
Photos by Joel Schaeman
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