I am so very excited to announce that this year’s performances will be truly something unique and unlike anything that we’ve showcased before at the VMB! In collaboration with Valouria Productions, we are going to bring you an evening of captivating performances featuring the best in aerial and visual special FX. This year I am pulling out all of the stops to truly make the evening decadently magical.
~ Lady Raven
Emerging from the beating heart of the west coast’s theatrical underground – Valouria ushers in a groundbreaking incarnation of visionary living theatre. Known for her directorial work with Apsara, Salon L’Orient, The Grand Bazaar, Bogville and the visual mastermind behind Arcus Tenebrae, company founder Tiare Tashnick is continuing to create unique and captivating worlds under the umbrella of Valouria Productions. This arcane faction of symbiotic experimentation weaves a 5th dimensional tapestry of expressionistic esoterica, avant-garde performance and whimsical cirque nouveau resulting in a genre-bending manifestation that is redefining living theatre as we know it.
As a high level circus performer, Cory began his journey of professional performance in 2008. There he began taking acrobatic workshops and classes with a focus in flexibility, hand balancing, and aerial hoop. After two years of intensive work, Cory was accepted into a one year apprentice program with the Circus Project, located in Portland, OR. His time spent with the Circus Project allowed him to develop his techniques and physicality in an expressive manner through training and local performance work. Following his first year apprentice program, he was accepted into a second year of training with Pendulum Aerial Arts. during the course of his extensive path of physical and artistic development, he has worked with a variety of world-class coaches. Following his training, Cory went in a different direction, focusing on independent creative work in a variety of corporate and private events. In 2012 he made the move to Texas where he began training and performing with Sky Candy Austin, while maintaining his independent work as a circus artist and model. In 2015 he was then cast as a core member in the full length production of Swings Asunder Directed by Nathan Brumbaugh. In 2016 he moved back to Portland where he was contracted as the lead intermediate and professional coach for Pendulum Aerial Arts. During his time at Pendulum, Cory co-developed curriculum for the recreational, intermediate and professional training programs, co-directed Pendulums annual spring show “Oublie” secrets of the music box and performed at several private and corporate events for the company. More recently Cory had a the great opportunity of being one of four judges at the “Project One” Aerial competition in Chihuahua, Mexico and is currently teaching and training at a non-profit circus organization “The Circus Project”, while maintaining performance work for local venues in the Portland area. Cory Allen, a talented and high level circus performer, brings an exciting and charismatic presence into his work, captivating audience members with his stunning precision and control.
Alison Lockfeld has been immersed in the circus world her whole life. She is a generalist specializing in aerial rope. Her technical skill, flexibility, and comedic flair have made her a crowd favorite.
Captivated by the circus at an early age, Alison began her circus training with preschool classes at Acrosports in San Francisco. Since then she has trained, performed, and coached around the world.
Alison has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Switzerland, and moved to Portland in 2016. In Los Angeles, Alison coached and trained at Kinetic Theory while studying Psychology and Kinesiology at Occidental College. She earned her B.A. and performed with entertainment companies Way 2 Much, Eye of Newt Cirque, and Wonderworld. In Portland Alison works for the Circus Project and Night Flight and has performed with Flamebouyant Productions, Sir Cupcakes Queer Circus, Do Jump, and Lady Raven Productions.
Alison has appeared on television shows Baskets, Jump Shipp, and the NBC Upfronts. She is featured in the viral video “Actual Cannibal” by Rob Cantor. She has performed at many events and shows including “On Stage Live”, “Scot Nery’s Booby Trap”, “MOMentum”, “Cirque-A-Palooza”, “Cirque Montage” (in Dubai for the World Shopping Festival), “Do Jump! Celebrate the Season”, “Fright Night”, “the Vespertine Winter Ball” and Halloween 2016 at the White House.
Daniel Patrick, silly natured gymnast turned circus performer, has been training professionally for over 10 years within a variety of disciplines. A graduate of the New England Center for Circus Arts professional programs, Daniel is skilled as a tumbler, hand balancer, and on vertical aerial apparatuses. His enjoyment for acrobatics is motivated by the unique quality of movement one can explore testing flexibility, strength, and character.
For the past five years Daniel has performed and taught as a circus artist around the country with companies such as Aerial Horizon, Quixotic, and The Santa Fe Opera; he won Best Artistic Performance at the Acrobatic Arts Festival in 2015 (held in Denver, CO); and most recently started working with Night Flight Aerial in March of 2016 as a teacher and performer. www.DanielPatrickCircus.com Instagram: @circusdanny
Brittany Walsh – pic & bio coming soon!
Back in 2008, the violinist Paul Mercer initiated what was to become a tradition every following year at the VMB, the Waltz at Midnight. While the evening is filled with gothic/industrial dance floor music, midnight is when the attention is given over to professional classical musicians and their gorgeous instruments. This is when all guests are invited to traditionally waltz with their partners on the main floor.
Note from Lady Raven ~ I am exceptionally excited for the Waltz at Midnight this year. It will be performed by 8 classical musicians from the Oregon Symphony, the Oregon Ballet Symphony and Vancouver Orchestra. It’s truly not to be missed!
In A World are the “Composers of the Macabre.” Their music has been described as haunting, cinematic, epic, ethereal, disturbing, and gothic. Their inspiration comes from a love of horror and Gothic literature, art and film, as well as travel, and experiences visiting many reportedly haunted locations.
In addition to creating 16 albums of music, scoring documentaries, short films and web series, In A World has been featured in many theme parks around the world including: Knott’s Berry Farm, Canada’s Wonderland, Rotten Apple 907, Atmosfear UK and Scream at the Beach. In A World’s music has also been used for many film, television, and gaming advertising campaigns including one of Lady Raven’s favorites, Assassin’s Creed. They have also been featured in the trailers and promos for Dead Space, Lost, America’s Most Wanted, Law and Order, Charmed, V for Vendetta, Batman Begins, The Wicker Man, Big Hero 6, The Lottery, and The Haunting to name a few.
DJ Owen (San Francisco)
If you spend time at Gothic clubs, you have probably seen Owen around. He has been a staple in the American Gothic Scene for decades from coast to coast. Currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, his unique way of bringing joy to a dancefloor can be experienced regularly at multiple clubs, including Dark Shadows, Batcave, and Requiem, just to name a few. A love of, and devotion to, music has manifested in many forms over Owen’s lifetime. Aside form being a trained classical musician in his own right, Owen has spun professionally in such divergent musical genres as Swing, 80’s, Indie, and Lounge. Even in the Goth/Industrial realm, he is unusually diverse, spinning anything from Ethereal, to Aggrotech & EBM, to Deathrock, to 80’s & 90’s Industrial, and much more. He simply has a passion for music, itself, and sharing the feeling of experiencing its transcendence with others. This is why he is so eager to take and play as many requests as possible from the crowd. A club is a place to feel good. The Gothic Scene is something truly special. It is more than a place to go out; it is a genuine community. This is what draws many people it be part of it and this is why many of those people continue to be with it well after their peers in age have lost interest in going to clubs. When not behind the DJ tables, you will often find Owen loving this community. Chances are good he is probably dancing on the floor or conversing with everyone. His personal contributions include creating clubs and festivals, playing benefits whenever possible, and even constructing group trips and tours. When you see Owen around, say hello, make musical requests, and most of all, have a great time. After all, we’re among friends and the joy of music. That’s a good enough reason to celebrate any night!
DJ Carrion (Portland)