Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders is one of those happenings about which a friend says to you, “Hey, have you ever heard of…?” And once she did (thanks, Angela!) I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t seen mention of it before. The aforementioned Wonders are site-specific theatrical works on large scale that occur outdoors and include dozens of performers, live music and dance, huge mobile set pieces, and stunning costumes. When I first checked out the website and saw all of the photos, the performances struck me as kind of an outsized Alice in Wonderland-style fantasy, and of course now I’m dying to see one in person.
I’m a big fan of art that surprises me, and appears when I’m least expecting it. Neare's newest creation, Lullaby Moon, delivers in a big way. She describes it as “a year-long invitation to Seattle to explore a world of dream. A celebration of the night sky, the series of performance events brings bedtime whimsy and wonder to parks and other public spaces throughout the city, enlivening and enlightening the dark time of each month. Performances take place on each new moon for an entire lunar year beginning in October 2008.”
You know when the performances happen given the lunar schedule. Remaining dates, all in 2009, include: May 24, June 22, July 22, Aug 20, September 18, and September 19. What you don’t know is where, and that’s where the surprise comes in. If you’re near the selected site on the new moon you might be handed a card that says something like “Please join us this evening for a performance vignette just south of the Bathhouse Theater beginning around 8:30pm.” And if not, you’ll just have to check back on the website to see what you missed…
[Photo of the January 2009 performance at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square courtesy of Violetta de la Luna]