Be Dazzled

A superb playlist. Whimsical lighting. Eye-popping outfits. Everybody dancing.

Those are the makings of a legendary party. And that’s a good way to describe what’s happening for the next two nights at Lyric Hall, where Escapade: An Unusual Experience gets three stagings.

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“Legendary party” is a good description, yes, but it’s not complete. Escapade’s tag line undersells the thing by a long shot, as do this essay’s opening lines. Musical performances, modern dance, aerialist acrobatics and rousing drag shows meet stunning projections to create what director/choreographer/performer Luis Antonio says is a circus-meets-funhouse-meets-abstract time-traveling tribute to “where we come from.” “We” includes nine other performers who are not only very, very good at what they do but were giving it their all at last night’s dress rehearsal, where these photos were taken.

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So here’s the rest of the sell: Escapade is high art, and it’s high heart, and it should be high on your list of things to do this weekend.

Photo Key:

1. From front: Luis Antonio, Kadeem Devaron Wallace and Tiana Maxim Rose.
2. Kendra Fiercex.
3. Kellie Ann Lynch.
4. Radia Rose.
5. From front: Kenneth Padilla, Kiki Lucia and Kadeem Devaron Wallace.
6. Luis Antonio.
7. Jessy Griz.
8. Kiki Lucia.
9. Sylvia Heart.
10. Tiana Maxim Rose.
11. From left: Kadeem Devaron Wallace and Luis Antonio.
12. From left: Luis Antonio and Kenneth Padilla.
13. Jessy Griz.
14. Kellie Ann Lynch.
15. Ensemble, led by Sylvia Heart.

Escapade: An Unusual Experience
Lyric Hall – 827 Whalley Ave, New Haven (map)
Tonight at 7pm and tomorrow night at 5pm and 8pm.
Tickets ($25) | Facebook

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories, helped in no small part by a small team of dedicated contributors.

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