Dwarf & Giant On Location: UNDERGROUND AT THE EDWARDIAN BALL
  On Location    February 17, 2017     Kara Christensen

 

Ewardian Ball Sign LA

 

  • I admit I went into the event knowing nothing.
    • I thought Edwardian had to do with the era,
    • And that it was going to be a formal dance.
  • Turns out the event is in honor of Edward Gorey.
    • To find out more about the ball’s origins check out last year’s interview with founder Justin Katz. 

 

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  • And the ball had way more going on than the Virginia Reel –
    • No shade on the VA Reel.
      • I have gleefully danced it many times,
        • Mostly when I lived in VA.
  • I admit to not having a clue to who Edward Gorey was.
    • But literally I’ve become a fan overnight.
    • Edward did humorous illustrations and books,
    • And most notably, for me, he did the animation for PBS’ Mystery that I grew up watching.

 

 

  • But let’s talk about the event itself.
    • What a night!
    • I can’t do it full justice with my wandering cell phone camera.
  • There were many sights to see!

 

Curiosities at the Edwardian Ball

 

  • Live performances:
    • Bands performed on both the main stage and the Underground.
    • There were women on stilts
    • Dance troops
    • Aerialists
    • Living Art
      • Where people stood in place, so you could take pictures of them.

 

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  • There was a clown.
    • I’m not normally comfortable with clowns,
      • But it did look like he was the DJ for the evening…
        • And a clown that DJs isn’t too bad.
      • Plus, he looked super sad.
      • I pretended I had stepped into Gotham which meant:
        • Maybe I would finally meet Batman.

 

Sad Clown DJ

 

  • Photo Opportunities
    • Like the one of this couple in the picture frame
      • One person was busy taking photos.
      • I joined in, taking my photos.
      • Two other people seeing us take photos joined in and also took photos.
      • We were all reveling in the awesome living art installation.
    • Then the couple stepped away from the frame, and retrieved the first photographer’s phone.
    • Oops, they were normal people at the party,
    • But let that sink in:
    • The amazingness of their costumes was normal at this party.

 

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  • Costumes:
    • People’s costumes were incredibly elaborate and beautiful.
    • To see the San Francisco costumes with proper lighting and posing I recommend checking out this link to Marco Sanchez’s photos and the albums featuring the Edwardian Ball.
      • I saw Poison Ivy,
        • So maybe I really was in Gotham,
      • And I got this shot of a gentleman’s light up wings.

 

Ewardian Ball 2017 Light up wings

 

  • The place was filled with hidden curiosities:
    • A giant pencil sharpener
      • It was taller than I am
      • It really sharpened pencils
      • And a handy person was there to assist in the process.
    • Next year, all the pencils from my apartment are going with me.
      • All of them.

 

Ewardian Ball 2017 Large Pencil Sharpener

 

  • A villainous raccoon

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

  • Multiple Bars
    • Probably no surprise, but there were at least four,
      • Which was good, because there were a lot of people to wait on.
    • My guess is there was a total of nine,
      • But I couldn’t be certain with all the decorative hats and wide skirts crowding me out of many of the nooks and crannies of the venue.
    • Can’t speak one way or the other about the mixed drinks,
      • But they sold some delightful bottled water.

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

  • There are VIP tickets and a VIP balcony.
    • The VIP balcony was separated from the rest of the balcony by glass
      • And guarded by VIP…
        • Guards?
          • Dressed in old fashioned police hats and uniforms.
          • They will turn you away
            • No matter how many sips of your water bottle you offer them.
              • Maybe a sharpened pencil would’ve been a better bribe.

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

  • Then, I went into the Underground,

 

Underground of the Edwardian Ball

 

    • Which repeatedly led me to hum “Underground” from Labyrinth
      • And with that fact, “no one can blame you for walking away…”.
  • Anyways, when I went down the stairs there were:

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

  • Items for sale

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

  • Mini Performances:
    • Like Super Tall Paul

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

    • He played the smallest horn in the saxophone family
      • And other interesting instruments into a microphone,
        • But I couldn’t hear him
    • Til someone handed me a pair of Bluetooth earphones and suddenly I could hear all his mixing on his iPad, with his singing and instrumental playing and realized…
      • Super Tall Paul has a fabulous sound!

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

  • It was a unique experience that only the others wearing the earphones were in on. And it was:
    • Bonding
    • Unique
    • A highlight for me
  • As the night stretched into Sunday morning,
    • I circled back to the main stage
      • And was not disappointed
  • For the performance of Edward Gorey’s Deadly Blotter was about to begin.

 

Great minds at the Edwardian Ball

 

  • The performance used a combination:
    • Of  film

 

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    • Live performance

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

    • And acrobatics

 

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  • This wordless piece was a clever bit of fun. 
  • In short, I enjoyed my time there, and would recommend checking it out next year.
  • Hugs and this unnamed actor’s kisses til we meet again.

 

Ewardian Ball 2017

 

Kara C., is a screenwriter  that has lived in LA for a # of years and writes all her blogs in bullet form. She lives in a fancy vintage apartment, furnished by only the finest street corners. Check out her blog here. And, also read about her grand adventure to the largest Ikea in the U.S. here.

 

 

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