Mardi Gras, 2012
We enjoyed a great Mardi Gras event tonight at the Dogtown Dance Theater, in south Richmond.
Our friend who organized the event said it was about “celebrating the joy of being alive and human on the earth!” She achieved that goal by bringing together an amazing collective force of performers, musicians and dancers.
There was a parade, followed by a dance and music extravaganza inside the studio.
These performers appear frequently around town, but I rarely get out to see them. I’m glad I finally did, though, because seeing them live has such an impact!
There were great moments when the audience took over the dance floor, and one very special, apparently impromptu duet with Khalima Dance and a pirate that had everybody really feeling the “joy of being alive and human on the Earth.”
Richmond is not a place where Mardi Gras figures very prominently, but hopefully what happened at Dogtown Dance tonight will become a new tradition.
This is also great fun for photographers, and besides me, there must’ve been two dozen other documenters on hand.
The Happy Lucky Combo did an excellent job providing music, but I did not do a great job of getting many band photos because I was distracted by all the dancers and their twirling lights.
Such a great time. Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, performers and other humans on the Earth!