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www.lucentdossier.com/Lucent Dossier Experience (whose name loosely translates to “a collection of glowing light”) is an interactive, surrealistic performance troupe and entertainment company. The company’s performances combine circus arts, dance, aerial arts, fire performance, live original music, and vocals. The troupe has been described as a “high-concept, steampunk-meets-neotribal performance ensemble” and its immersive spectacles as a “post-apocalyptic,” “exotic wonderland”. The company’s headquarters are in The Do LaB building in the downtown warehouse district of Los Angeles, California.Performers in Lucent’s theatrical spectacles include singers, musicians, acrobats, aerial artists, stilt walkers, fire dancers, tribal belly dancers, a wide variety of other dancers (hip hop, burlesque, and Tahitian), spoken word poets, clowns, contortionists, elves, a bearded lady, a snake charmer/dancer, jugglers, and a sword swallower.Lucent’s aerial performers use both traditional aerial apparatus such as trapeze, aerial silk, aerial hoop, span sets, aerial rope or Spanish web, as well as custom-made aerial apparatus unique to the group, including a large aerial moon, bird cage, spider web, straps (similar in effect to a straitjacket), and aerial carousel.Fire performers work with different styles of tools including fire staff, fire poi, fire fans, fire hoop, fire sword, fire knives, fire cups, fire rope, fire chains, aerial fire acts, and fire nunchaku.The interactive portions of Lucent’s performances include astral projection or tarot readings, rose water foot baths, gypsies offering herbal elixirs, a tribal temporary tattoo parlor, a “Music Shack” where songs are custom-written, Post Portal Post Office where lost letters are delivered from other dimensions and performed on the spot for guests, and a “Transformation Station” where audience members can receive fantasy hair and makeup applications.All the performers dress in fantastical costumes and makeup unique to Lucent Dossier. They are known for their custom body airbrush tattoo makeup that gives them their signature otherworldly, haute couture look.Contents1 Company history2 Festivals3 Residencies4 Collaborations5 Key members and roles6 Cuddle the World7 References8 External links// Company historyThe self-funded troupe was initially named Lucent Dossier Vaudevillians. Later it was renamed Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque, and now Lucent Dossier Experience, though they are often referred to simply as Lucent Dossier.The company is the brainchild of performer/artistic director Dream Rockwell. Lucent was a spinoff of The Do LaB, an art collective/event-creation company of which Rockwell is a founding member. Rockwell started Lucent after meeting and being inspired by Brent “Shrine” Spears (the Pasadena-based folk artist responsible for the design of the interior of the House of Blues chain and the 2008 Burning Man Temple), performer/choreographer Roger Fojas (formerly of the LA-based Dream Circus), and performer/choreographer Lisa Han. They were later joined by Dana Guidry as manager and financial officer, Dayna Riesgo as production coordinator. The final piece to the puzzle was finding head aerialist Alicia Schultze, who took the show off the ground and up into the air.Their first performance, The Awakening, included 21 performers and took place at the “Sea of Dreams” New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 2004, in the historic Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Close to 4,000 people attended the event.Their second show, EnchantSelf, was a story about a village of elves living in life-size mushrooms. Their third show, called The Forbidden Om, was designed and performed in a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome. The show is an apocalyptic journey to another planet and was later performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2006. This was followed by The F Show (their first fire show) and then Aquius (their first water show) at Coachella 2007, which subsequently toured to Lightning in a Bottle in Santa Barbara, California, Summer Sonic in Japan, and Electric Picnic in Ireland. The next year, they created a larger scale water show, S. S. Lucent Dossier, for Coachella; the show later toured to Lightning in a Bottle, Alive! ’08 in Portugal, and Electric Picnic. In April 2008, the performers debuted a residence show that played to sold-out audiences for a year at The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. In 2009, they created their third and largest water show, which again debuted at Coachella and also toured to Ireland for Electric Picnic. In the fall of 2009, they moved into a new residency at Hollywood club h.wood.The critically acclaimed troupe has also performed at concerts and events in England, Italy, Canada, Guatemala, and Mexico. They have been featured in television commercials, print advertisements, and music videos, in addition to their large-scale, live productions. They have performed at top clubs and corporate events throughout Los Angeles, on MTV with Panic! at the Disco, and at the official Grammy Awards Party.The troupe has been photographed for Vogue Magazine twice, once by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue in a feature entitled “The Greatest Show On Earth,” and again in the January 2008 issue of L’Uomo Vogue (the Italian men’s edition of Vogue). They were featured in the January 2010 issue of the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. FestivalsLucent Dossier Experience is perhaps best known for its festival performances. The troupe has performed at the following international art, music, and film festivals:2005 – Electric Daisy Carnival (Los Angeles, CA), Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV)2006 – Coachella (Indio, CA), Lightning in a Bottle (Santa Barbara, CA), Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL), Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV), Electric Picnic (Dublin, Ireland), Elevate Film Festival (Hollywood, CA), BURLA (Braga, Portugal)2007 – Coachella (Indio, CA), Lightning in a Bottle (Santa Barbara, CA), Summer Sonic (Tokyo, Japan), Electric Picnic (Dublin, Ireland)2008 – Coachella (Indio, CA), Lightning in a Bottle (Santa Barbara, CA), Alive! (Lisbon, Portugal), Electric Picnic (Dublin, Ireland)2009 – Coachella (Indio, CA), Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV), Electric Picnic (Dublin, Ireland), Festival 8 with Phish (Indio, CA) ResidenciesApril 2008 – April 2009 – The Edison (Los Angeles, CA) – This sold-out, year-long residency gave Lucent an opportunity to create new speakeasy style material in an immersive environment with intimate interaction between the performers and guests.November – December 2009 – h.wood (Hollywood, CA) – During this two-month residency, Lucent reconfigured their show conceptually to transform h.wood labyrinth of rooms into a modern-day cabinet of curiosities with live human exotica. The residency closed with a New Year’s Eve event at h.wood, Haute Cirque NYE 2010, which was named number 2 on KABC-TV’s Top New Year’s Eve celebrations in Southern California for the year. CollaborationsLucent Dossier Experience lent their style and performers for the creation of music video Write Sins, Not Tragedies with band Panic! at the Disco; the video won Best Music Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Music Awards. They also collaborated on a video, written and directed by Dream Rockwell, for “Fast Paced World” by Grammy-nominated Winnipeg band The Duhks.The troupe has toured nationally and internationally with Panic! at the Disco, The Dresden Dolls, OK Go, Emilie Autumn, and Mtley Cre with Aerosmith.They have also shared the stage and/or billing with 30 Seconds to Mars, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Kraftwerk, The Jonas Brothers, Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper, Stanton Warriors, Rabbit in the Moon and Madness.On January 28, 2010 they appeared live with the Black Eyed Peas at the Palladium in Los Angeles and on February 9th, 2010 they will share the stage with long time muse Perry Farrell. They appeared on Univision’s rimos De Sportes Award Show with Mexican-American singer Pee Wee, shot at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and nationally televised to over four million viewers. In October 2009, they opened for ska punk band Sublime in one of their few shows with new singer Rome Ramirez at a private event in Orange County. For New Year’s Eve 2010 they opened for Michael Bolton at a private event in Louisiana. Key members and rolesDream Rockwell – artistic director, performerBrent “Shrine” Spears – stage and set design, performerDana Guidry – manager (former performer)Lisa Han – choreographer, performer, dance captain, producerAlicia Schultze – head aerialist/aerial directorChris Komashko – music producerDayna Riesgo – performer, production coordinatorRoger Fojas – choreographer, performer, photographerLinda Borini – choreographer, performerCeci Castelblanco – performerJesselynn Desmond – performerBarb Hartwick – costume engineerLynn Montgomery – costume mistressJason Ryan – costumesAdam Tenenbaum – costumes and makeupKate Thompson – merchandise girl Cuddle the WorldCuddle the World is Lucent Dossier Experience non-profit organization that brings interactive performance, musical instruments, clown noses, costumes, fairy wings, teddy bears and snuggle blankets to orphans around the globe. These children are in conditions where they receive very basic care but nothing more. References^ Johnson, Alexis. “Creatures of the Night.” Style Section L.A. November 30, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.^ Broadley, Erin. “Last Night: Lucent Dossier Seduces Hollywood & Highland With New H. Wood Residency.” LA Weekly: Los Angeles Music Blog. November 12 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.^ a b Romano, Tricia. “L.A. Q&A: Dream Rockwell of Lucent Dossier.” BlackBook Magazine. August 6, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010.^ Kienitz, Tony. “In his jungle, plants point the way.” Los Angeles Times. January 18, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2010.^ Sea of Dreams ’05^ Photo spread in Italian Vogue^ Photo spread in L’Uomo Vogue^ Godvin, Cole. “Photographic evidence: Lucent Dossier at the Edison”. LA Times Metromix. Retrieved January 4, 2010.^ “Lucent Dossier Experience Transforms h.wood Into a Modern Day Cabinet of Human Curiosities”. GreenGalactic.com. December 6, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010.^ Del Valle, Alysha. “Top 7 New Year’s Eve Celebrations in SoCal”. KABC-TV. December 29, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2010.^ Immediato, Linda. “LA People 2009: The New Vaudevillians Lucent Dossier.” LA Weekly. April 20, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.^ Cuddle the World MySpace page External linksLucent Dossier Experience official websiteDo LaB article in LAistSea of Dreams article on AnonSalon siteLucent at Coachella 2009 photo gallery on Los Anjealous siteLucent Dossier Coachella photo gallery on ContactMusic siteLucent’s Midnight Madness at Coachella 2009 photo gallery on LA Times siteInteractive Lucent Panorama photo on LA Times siteLA Times Faces in the Crowd at Coachella 2009 Roger/Be Love portraitLucent Dossier Photos Codyman’s Flickr photo galleryCoachella 2009 Photos from State of Exit blog (scroll down for Lucent Dossier pics and commentary)Lucent Dossier at Coachella 2009 photo gallery on China Shop Magazine siteBehind the Scenes at Coachella 2009 blog by Roger FojasLA Weekly

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