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The biggest and best Cherry Blast yet!
In The Lightbox in Anacostia!
15,000 square feet in an amazing warehouse with beautiful views of the Anacostia River and the monuments.
Extreme activation of space with light, visual art, dancers, music, and art performances!
**Cost of admission includes one free drink.**
A school bus will pick you up from and return you to two places:
Giant parking lot in front of The Lightbox and the Big Chair, and plenty of street parking.
Metro station two blocks away. (Anacostia station on the Green Line.)
In the Dance Hall:
loud-beat, spirit house secret lovers, gloomy rain dance synthpop
Heavy Breathing is 3 Humans and 1 Rhythm machine.
Heavy Breathing is the Electronic Rock soundtrack for:
1. High Highs
2. Running for your life
4. Erotic asphyxiation
5. grid free living
Protect-U is the Washington, DC duo of Aaron Leitko and Mike Petillo. Producing music together since 2007, they've had several releases on the Future Times label (which Petillo co-runs with Andrew Field-Pickering of Beautiful Swimmers) including "Double Rainbow" and "World Music," as well as having remixed artists for the Meakusma and Vibrations labels. Protect-U's music is a mechanical-yet-lush hybrid of house, techno, and new age, and they perform their material live using an array of synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers. An upcoming EP on Vibrations is set for release this spring.
Live audio-video installation:
Robin Bell is curating a live audio-visual installation. The Dance Hall will feature large-scale video projections themed on spring and rejuvenation.
In the chill lounge, Robin brings us audio sets by Dubpixels, Congo Sanchez, and John Bowen accompanied by vj mixes by Monica Stroik and Sid Barcelona.
Some of the video artists who have been curated into the smaller video installations in the chill lounge:
Vestibule is collaborating with artists of several different platforms to create a multidisciplinary performance piece centered around dance but enveloping the visual arts and music as well. Collaboration is our true medium, and whether aware of it or not the audience is essential to each piece. The context of the event is specific to the pieces in total and we aim collectively to engage and enhance the Cherryblast experience for the viewer while pushing the boundaries of our own respective mediums and challenging any perceived artistic limitations.
A new media work by BLUEBRAIN and Evan Howell
Sunshowers is a multimedia work installed in a hollow 4-story elevator shaft that brings an unusual weather occurrence (raining during sunny conditions) known as 'sunshowers', into the claustrophobia of a buildings' circulatory hub. Docked at the lower level, the elevator itself has been stripped of its ceiling to become a stationary observation deck, revealing the turbulent weather patterns through multiple projectors and speakers on the levels above. Virtual objects fall and sound surrounds the visitors, but through the storm is the occasional glimpse of a sun that shines through; even in the thickest of storms, in the darkest and most isolated of places, a reminder that there's light high above it all, whether or not it can always be seen.
Jacqueline Levine is a painter and installation artist who is gearing up to make creative products based off of the pop surrealist characters and fantastical environments present in her work. She actively shows in DC, Maryland and Virginia and has previously shown at several art fairs including Art Basel Miami, The Florence Biennale, and last year's (e)merge art fair.
Brian Buck is a movement based media artist who works with dance, video, and or digital sound to incite movement composition. He explores ways in which media concentrically moves through space inciting the imagination to witness the mundane in extraordinary ways. The context of the space informs the visual and kinetic information to shift the way we think about our environment.
"You're Ugly" invites participants to indulge in defacing each others photographs through the use of a make shift white board an infrared led pens. Defaced photographs will later be shared with participants electronically for further use on social media and posterity.
AirBorne! DC is a collaborative dance company for DC, VA and MD aerialists. Together we create works to bring aerial artistry to bridges, street festivals and theatres. Aerial dancers must work at low and medium heights without the benefit of equipment lifting/lowering and spinning us. We replace the circus performer's death defying tricks by physically weaving ourselves within our fabric and creating antigravity dance sculpture. Performers for Cherry Blast include Ann Behrends, Nina Charity and Carey Nagoda.
ZORB!! - a mobile cherry blossom orb
Wall murals: JPeezo, Lightup, Hks181, SpottedHumanGoldfish
5x5 temporary public art projects by Floating Lab Collective, Monica Canilao, KUNSTrePUBLIK
Food: Busboys & Poets will be operating a pop-up cafe in the Lightbox!
Cherry Blast is an official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and is supported by Wines of Argentina, Kirin Brewery, and media partner On Tap Magazine.
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