Live Review and Photos By: JACOB GAITAN
The elegant and mischievous Edwardian Ball returned to Los Angeles last weekend after its eleventh annual event in San Francisco in January. Since its success up north, the experience has expanded to Los Angeles for the second time, this time at the Henry Fonda. Set in Edwardian times, the evening consisted of lavished costumes and glamorous people indulging in devilish desires. Displays of fine arts, Sideshows and an outdoor marketplace provided entertainment between stage acts. People on stilts towered over guests as they posed for pictures creating ghoulish expressions. Many attendees sipped on absinthe cocktails from sponsors promoting their products.
As Rosin Coven took the stage, people crowded around and others filled their seats in the balcony. The nine-piece ensemble blended violins and cellos along with trumpets, trombones and gentle percussions creating a dark cabaret and jazz-fusion. Their theatrical performance was lead by singer Carrie Davis, whose powerful vocals advanced the story of Edward Gorey. The evening continued with acrobats and aerial dancers suspended by fabric as they frolicked to the music. Performers from Cirque Berzerk made multiple appearances throughout the night displaying their amazing talents and agility filled with suspense.
The Edwardian Ball proved to be visually stunning and highly entertaining. The risqué performances accompanied by eerie musical renditions easily makes the event a must see for all audiences. Everyone in attendance contributed to the success of the evening by arriving in provocative outfits and remaining in character. As the stage shows concluded, everyone spread across the dance floor as jazz sounds filled the venue in celebration of a successful night.