I grew up in Texas, reared by midwestern farmers who didn’t believe in anything you can’t see, taste, smell, hear or touch (except God, of course).
So imagine my reaction to last year’s Lullaby Moon, a mystical and magical performance I happened to stumble upon at Gas Works Park.
To set the scene: the south side of kite hill was covered with people sitting on blankets and nibbling on picnic fare. They faced the green space between the hill and the water, as if the grass would become a stage (it would!). A small live band played classical tunes while dressed in top hats and tails. And then all these 6 foot tall moon drunk bunny people took the “stage” and acted out some sort of mime performance to the musical accompaniment. Young children who couldn’t sit still ran toward the actor bunnies & started dancing with them. The bunnies just worked the improvisational dances right into their performance, no big deal.
And the audience — they acted like this whole thing was NORMAL. Did everybody get ‘shrooms but me? I mean, there were 6 foot ball BUNNIES dancing around and giving one another big white gift boxes wrapped in shiny bows, and nobody acted like this was a weird at all! At one point, a big paddle boat docked near the stage and other similarly-clad characters emerged to join the show. There was some juggling, and lots of dancing. There was a queen, I think. And followers. A row boat appeared, and a few more characters joined in. But no words, no language, no script. The music cued the mime-dancers with some unspoken narrative. It was so weird, so surreal. So completely phantasmagorical… and yet, totally engaging.
What: Lullaby Moon 2010 is a free, large-scale, site-specific public performance celebrating the new moon. Lullaby Moon celebrates our precious place in the Milky Way galaxy and the promise inherent in everyone’s dreams.
When: Friday, Sept 10th 7pm
Where: Gas Works Park, south side of the hill