The Edwardian Ball Celebrates Illustrator Edward Gorey

Edwardian Ball 2013. Photo by Marco Sanchez

Edwardian Ball 2013. Photo by Marco Sanchez

The 7th Annual Edwardian Ball returns to the Fonda Theatre on Saturday, February 27, 2016, re-imagining the turn-of-the-century through the sinister, yet whimsical filter of illustrator Edward Gorey. Guests will enjoy live music, theatre, art installations, fashion and cosplay, black comedy, ballroom dancing, absinthe cocktails, a vendor’s bazaar, parlour games, and alluring sideshows.

The Edwardian Ball is presented by co-hosts Rosin Coven and Vau de Vire Society. “Each year, The Edwardian Ball presents a featured Edward Gorey tale in an original stage performance. This year’s event takes a unique turn, with Edwardian Ball founders Rosin Coven teaming up with longtime collaborators Dark Garden Corsetry in an operatic presentation of Gorey’s ridiculous tale, “The Stupid Joke.” In addition, “co-hosts Vau de Vire Society present a series of vignettes throughout the evening paying homage to the most controversial works of the (in)famous illustrator… guaranteed to pop corsets and ruffle coattails!”

The event is not a purist’s interpretation of the Edwardian era, but the result of a whimsical play on words. The theme combines Neo-Victorian and Edwardian-era gothic, macabre circus, and steampunk aesthetics to create an eccentric and festive celebration of the art of Edward Gorey. Of course, half of the fun of this kind of thing is dressing up. Take your inspiration from this melange of styles and get creative!

The Ball will take place between 8 pm and 2 am. at the Fonda Theatre. Box office: 323-464-6269. MAP General Admission: $55 VIP Tickets & Packages from $95. Prices increase over time, so order early! All ages welcome. Creative Period Costumes Strongly Encouraged. The Edwardian Ball operates with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust. Buy your tickets here.

Edwardian Ball 2014. Photo by Marco Sanchez

Edwardian Ball 2014. Photo by Marco Sanchez

 

 

Elise Thompson

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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