Have I really been so remiss in keeping up that I never posted our performance from Parade Of Spirits? I perhaps was waiting until I had cut the video I (still) have queued up that is more of a highlight of the whole event, rather than a documentation of our show. However… as a freelancer it seems my own projects tend to get back-seated the most, so that one is still in the hopper. So. Here’s our show from Parade of Spirits, that I am much delayed in posting. A Latin invocation! Kids performing with fire! The Krampus Stomp! Oh and a totally amazing stage set made by Michelle and Tim, without whom we’d be a lost bunch of fire performers.
(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!)
As always, life gets in the way, and I only realized yesterday that I still haven’t posted a recap of Krampuslauf. What to say? The Krampuslauf kids… wow. We’re so proud of them! Tara, Xtina and I met up with the kids the night before our fundraiser and taught them a little choreography. (Well, Xtina and Tara taught them. I’m rubbish at that part, haha.) They recorded the dance, took great notes and practiced all month. Watching them on stage was great. They had fantastic faux fire props- hoops with battery powered tea lights, LED hangers made from wire and fan operated fire pots. I hear they’re already working on how to make the props brighter and planning for next year. Can’t wait!
The weather- how could it have been any better? I’ve never been sweating in my Krampuslauf furs before! This freakishly warm East Coast might make the holidays feel a bit strange, but it’s great for a mid-December outside gathering. We did have one small incident though- our intrepid Safety and All-Around-Awesome-Guy Alex ran eyeball first into a tree branch while he was helping back stage. A cornea scratch and eye-patch later he’s on the mend. You’d think our first major injury would be related to the dangerous things that we do, not an angry tree! Glad he’s feeling better.
On to the photos. Of course, this is one of our most photographed events of the year. The costumes! The parade! Not to mention that the Krampuslauf group consists of some really great photographers. Steve Schultz and Michelle got together after the show to capture some great fire breaths. We’re so proud of our dragon! Ryan Wismer from PHL17 came by again and posted a really fantastic gallery. We’ve got a ton of photos over on facebook, here are some of my favorite.
Here’s to a New Year, looking forward to everything 2016 will bring!!
Every year Philadelphia Krampuslauf gets bigger and better! This year was no exception. There’s something about the crowd, the collaboration, the excitement…. everyone is really there to have a great time. The costumes are consistently amazing. I wish that we could march with the parade, but we’re usually setting up for the show. We had our full group this year, which was a ton of fun. Lots of fur (we scrabbled around at local thrift stores to find the real stuff… you want to singe, not melt!) and home made horns- we even got to use the AMAZING headdresses that Xtina made a few years ago. (They’re also going to be displayed at the Krampuslauf exhibit at iMPeRFeCT Gallery in January — “UNVERIFIED PERSONAL GNOSIS: KRAMPUSLAUF PHILADELPHIA, PARADE OF SPIRITS”)
Enough rambling. Photos!!! These photos are all copyright their respective photographers, who we thank profusely for allowing us to share here.
We are going to be some busy ladies on December 13th! First… Krampuslauf!! One of our favorite events of the year! We’ve got some fun stuff planned, including a mini kids showcase as an opening act- right after the procession and before we light up the stage. Really can’t wait. Our fingers are crossed that the weather is a bit better than last year… as always, its a free family-friendly event, so bundle up the kidlets and come on by! There’s even going to be a food truck with some special Krampuslauf dishes.
Then, if you’re in Philly anyway, why not come by the first ever Flow Social?? It’s a non-fire event, but that means its in a warm and toasty indoor location, so a perfect place to thaw after Krampuslauf. There’s a great lineup, its definitely worth checking out. Tickets can be purchased here.