Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you have all now recovered from the big NYE night and are furiously starting your new year resolutions (mine starts Monday!).
This New Years, in a city of vast possibilities, I decided (some what last minute) to go to the Curious Invitations Masquerade Ball. After looking at their website and seeing previous evenings they had hosted, not to mention they do weird and wonderful workshops like Taxidermy For Beginners, I knew I was in for a treat.
After having a couple sneaky drinks at a another bar which seemed to be throwing a 1920’s party we headed off to see what the night had in store for us. Upon arrival everyone was wearing their masks, from glittery to feathery, lacey to full faced it was the best collection of masks I’ve seen, not your usual ‘I just grabbed it from the $2 shop’. The venue had multiple rooms including the main hall, a life drawing room, a smaller performance room, and a movie room where they screened a Back to the Future marathon among tables of tropical fruit and Brussels sprouts.
When we arrived in the main hall, Ruby, a rather voluptuous MC dressed in red feathers introduced the Burlesque acts one by one included a hip hop tutu wearing chick, a sultry film noir style outfit and the final flame throwing, fire eating woman. The live band started afterwards and were accompanied by gold painted naked dancers who made offerings of fruit and whipped cream to the crowd whilst gyrating on the stage. We entered the New Year in with a balloon drop and high energy foot stamping folk music that would make any Irishman proud.
By the end of the night some nipple tassels had gone astray and everyone was dancing on the stage, and impressively most people still had there masks on. I tried taking some photos throughout the night but forgot my camera so only had my iphone, therefore not all these images are mine (had to steal some).