FRIDAY night, WAKARUSA 20011!
As I watched Laura Scarborough, vocalist of Quixotic, put her extravagant make up on, I couldn’t help but feel gratitude for the universe placing me in the presence of such artistic people. “Quixotic found me on myspace.com about 5 years ago,” said Laura. “It was at a time when myspace.com was a way to find cool music. ” Anthony Magliano, co-founder of Quixotic, has been seeking out talent like Laura’s since 2004 when the group began to solidify. “We started out doing experimental contemporary dance and music ensemble performances in abandon buildings and old art galleries,” said Anthony. “Our biggest goal was how to get dance arts to people who wouldn’t spend 50 bucks on a ballet.” But the show is more than dance arts, it is a musical, theatrical and jaw dropping experience.
Here are some of the girls dancing with an electrical ferocity
Dancers crawl to the front of the stage at the beginning of a song, where Laura sings to the beat of tribal drums, violin, rock guitar and sick live DJ tracks. It’s a strange combination at first, but sucks you in entirely in a way that no other music or performances at Wakarusa has yet to parallel.
This is just one of the amazing aerial acrobatic performances during Quixotic, the best way to describe the magnitude of beauty in this show is to compare it to Cirque du Soliel. Although the group doesn’t identify with the comparison to Cirque du Soliel. “What we do is a little more edgy, underground, risque with the costuming design,” said Shane, violinist for Quixotic. “Our music is live and what we do is sensual and sincere.”
This act was sexy as hell.
Every second of Quixotic’s show was like a moving painting, it was enraptured art and there is not a doubt in my mind Quixotic will blow up. Last night I saw theater and stellar music with this group and I was actually amazed. Not amazed like, “wow this candy bar is amazing” but the amazed like, “Holy shit, I’m so lucky to be alive to witness this” kind of amazed. When they finished up their set, Laura thanked the shaken and jaw dropped crowd with a tone of genuinity in her voice that was like Shane said, “sensual and sincere.”
After Quixotic, Bassnectaer drew a crowd of over 10,000 and every single one of those people were dancing their asses off. Even I found myself dancing like a prostitute for a minute. I don’t know why, but when I hear good music I dance like a prostitute. One of the coolest things about this show was the crowd’s feedback. When they liked something, they all threw their glow sticks in the air, resulting in thousands of glow sticks jetting through the sky at the drop of an awesome bass track. It’s weird what the collective human unconsious is capable of. The fact that thousands of people all threw their glow sticks at the same time, multiple times, is so outlandishly beautiful to me that I could barely contain my elation.
I didn’t contain it very well though, because by the end of the set I had 14 hula hoops around me and was spinning light balls around and dancing like a prostitute.