Parade of Spirits: Krampuslauf 2017

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(in which I ramble for a while because Krampus is my favorite event ever. If you want to skip to the pretty pictures, scroll to the bottom.)

Wow. I feel like every year we get more and more involved in the festival, and it has been amazing. Thinking back to the first time 5 years ago when Jex asked us if we’d spin some fire at an event held by parents of some of the kids she taught, I never could have seen how it would draw us in and encourage us and challenge us in the best ways. “They’re great people, I think we’d fit really well” is the general memory I have of the conversation… Now I feel like we’ve all adopted each other. For me personally (Nicole… if in doubt, I’m usually the one writing these things 🙂 haha) this kind of event is WHY I got involved in all this craziness in the first place. Sure there are cool photos and its always a challenge and when you put on a good show it feels great. Really, though, bringing such joy to the community that has embraced us is the ultimate. Everything about the event- Steve’s photos (he’s the one who took one of my absolute favorites of Michelle last year), the kids’ excitement, the fact that Amber and her family TRUST US WITH THEIR CHILDREN!!! Not only trust, but encourage, champion, and scheme how to help the kids thrive even more. An 8 year-old with palm torches? SURE! She trusts us to guide him and help make it safe and fun. I love seeing them grow.

This year we pushed ourselves to put together not only a great show, but change up from our typical fur-and-horns look. Amber mentioned once, years ago, that one of her dreams was to see Plague Mask wearing dancers. Challenge Accepted. Michelle made AMAZING masks that were beyond my imagination. (We’re going to try to do a photo shoot with them soon, they ended up a little hard to photograph once the sun set for the show.) Michelle also spear-headed some great dresses for all of us, and cool masks… A little aside here. Michelle is amazing. She doesn’t physically sew all of our costumes, but she’s the creative force behind all of them. She’s the one who helps us look unified but unique. If you need any kind of costume, get yourself over to her site now. Hire her. Give her a chance to show you how amazing her talent is. Go, now!

Ok, enough rambling. On to the pictures! These are from the wonderful Steve Schultz. Check Out Those Kids. (Also huge thanks to Erin for joining us for the night! We hope you’ll be seeing more of her on the Lux Arati stage!)

Happy Halloween

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We had a ton of fun entertaining the crowd at the Twisted Tail’s annual Halloween party for the 5th year! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and it meant that costumed patrons were out in droves. Tons of cell phones aimed at us, though I’ve had more trouble this year tracking down the images people grabbed. (I kept yelling “Hashtag LuxArati!” but I don’t know that anyone heard me, haha.) Luckily this time I had my own camera with me and was able to get some not-so-bad ones. Lux Arati friend Laura swung by to say ‘Hi’, and was a champ about taking the camera I shoved at her so I could get some photos of myself, too. Thanks Laura! Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeen!!!!

PEX 2016

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This post is WAY late in coming. Pick your poison as to why, but lets just say life got away from me. On to the fun stuff! For the first year since we’ve been performing with the show, Lux Arati got to open the Russian Roulette Variety Show. It was fantastic not to have to wait the whole time to perform and be able to enjoy the rest of the acts. We had a great time, and can’t wait to put together our next RRVS piece! Fantastic photos thanks to William Tanksley and Redlite. (Raw video of the piece is here.)

#BAMFest for the Rail Park

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We love the Philly Rail Park project! It’s been awesome to be involved with their fundraising events over the years, and their latest event at Brick and Mortar was super fun. The weather was beautiful, the crowd fun and the space was awesome. Geri’s man Marc helped us out by taking some photos, so glad we’ve got friends who help us document our shows. Thanks to Michael Garden for bringing us to your fundraiser, we hope we got the guests to donate lots and lots of money!

Celebrating one of Lux Arati’s own

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Photo by Mike Vergalla

Photo by Mike Vergalla

Back in May one of Lux Arati’s own got hitched! Nicole and Chris got married under the Shambles at Headhouse square. The rain pushed the fire show back a bit, but the clouds cleared to beautifully slicked down cobblestone and dramatic skies. It was awesome to see the guests’ faces watching the show. For many of them it was the first time they’d seen Lux Arati in person, and they all seemed sufficiently wow-ed. In what is perhaps the best compliment ever, Chris’ 9 year old nephew (who helped out by lighting the fire bouquet to start the show) excitedly asked when the next wedding was going to be. His mom had to tell him not every wedding has a fire show! The wedding photographers, Black White & Raw, did an amazing job covering the whole event. Nicole picked them specifically because they not only had a great wedding portfolio, they also had a lot of experience with sideshows and fire photography. They did not disappoint. Nicole worked with artist John Howell to commission a metal flower for the center of her bouquet, and lighting it with Chris started off the show. The finale was, of course, an amazing fire breath by Michelle. What a way to get a party started! Check out video and some of Black White & Raw’s photos below.