Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sypher Arts Studio presents Labyrinth Masquerade XVIII at LA's Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Sypher Arts Studio presents the Labyrinth Masquerade Nr. 18
on August 14th and 15th, 2015
Last year, Acrobats at the dance-floor
Photos and story by Karen Ostlund 
The Royal Court of Sypher will be manifested in the new location Historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel this year at 506 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90071
It is a lavish event in which fantasy artists, costumers, special effects crews, dancers and stage combat performers participate in bringing a diverse host of creatures and mythologies alive through breathtaking costumes, elaborate environments, giant puppets and stunning entertainment. 
Fantasy and imagination come to fruition as faerie wings and darkened wanderers step through the crowds. One of the most elaborate masquerade events of the year, masqueraders attend in costumes ranging from beautiful fare, Victorian garb, artful Steampunk, intricate armors, to a host of fantasy creatures and characters.This year's updated performance list:

New music by artist Jeremy Soule, will be featured on the Temple Stage. Jeremy has created epic music for LOJ in Act 12 - "STARFALL" and Act 13 "Return to Court". 

Filled with mermaids from Sheroes Entertainment and performers from Sypher Arts Studio to explore the lost realms of the ARDEN, a mythical city swallowed by the distant seas, and found in the chambers of the Labyrinth.

Pre-show, lead choreographer Emily Arnstein.Producer Shawn Strider, far right
Costumes or Formal wear with Masks are Mandatory
Imaginative costumes are highly recommended

Friday August 14th and Saturday August 15th 2015
Pre-show 7:00pm
Doors open 8:00pm
Introduction 9:00pm
Closing 1:00am 

Labyrinth of Jareth is one of the most elaborate masquerade events of the year. 
Giant puppets at pre-show
 For one weekend each year the portals to this legendary masquerade are opened to bring new dreamers into the folds of the realms of Sypher and grant masqueraders a unique opportunity to lose themselves within the ambiance of the ball as the outside world fades into a dream.
The sculpted halls are transported into a fantasy realm for a weekend of magical enchantment. Nobles and sprytes move through the court as lights, projections, music and live acts fill the main chambers.
The film Labyrinth of Jareth 1986 w/Bowie and Connelly
The idea behind Labyrinth’s two days yearly masquerade is the 1986 British-American fantasy film “Labyrinth” directed by Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas.
The film is based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud.
The leading  film stars are David Bowie as Jareth, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah.
The plot revolves around Sarah's quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King.
 With the exception of Bowie and Connelly, most of the significant characters in the film are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Last year, Mila Siler performance in courtyard
The Labyrinth of Jareth is a Masquerade Ball based on Venetian tradition, Celtic faerie and goblin lore, and stories of fantasy and wonder. Lost within the borders of chaos and light, nobles dance among the Fae while goblins wait with hungry eyes in the wings of their court.

Wander through the galleries of Sypher Arts Studios to gain an intimate glimpse of the newest stories and endeavors that continue to fuel our celebrations. 
For tickets and more info:
Tearoom line dancers
Lobby stairs, guests arriving in costume
Grand Ballroom performers

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