"The Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival marks International Culture Lab's (ICL) third consecutive year probing the fantastical dancing partnership of ritual and entertainment on Coney Island USA's burlesque stage. In March 2017, ICL and CIUSA presented the Coney Island Butoh and Theatre Festival and in March 2016, the Coney Island Butoh and Beyond Festival.
This year ICL, with Brandon Perdomo as curator, has assembled an array of performance artists, musicians, and dancers, all of whom have been tasked with presenting original works that define "ritual cabaret" through the lens of their own particular aesthetic, discipline and lineage."
Performers for Friday, March 23rd
Diego Pinon Ensemble
Lou (Lindsey) Mandolini
Pink Velvet Witch & Satine S'Allumer
*I backed out of this festival because the curator and the venue have concerns of my work possibly "schooling" and "scolding" the Coney Island audience. They won't present my work unless I adjust it to their liking. -Rina Espiritu