A new type of show has emerged.
While mindlessly walking down a street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I decided to compliment a passerby on her beautiful and nerdy dress. Unexpectedly this led to her telling me about a show she was a part of happening a week later. The card she gave me was a curious one as on the front was a picture of various nerdy icons, and the word “silks” written on the card along with the name of the show, “Games, Dames, and Acromobiles.” Having no idea what this meant, but having plenty of free time, I decided to attend and let what would happen at the event be a surprise. As it turns out, even if I had researched the event, nothing could have prepared me for the strangeness and wonder I experienced that Saturday night.
Travelling to the show, I found nothing particularly interesting about the surrounding area. Just a dark Brooklyn Street, next to an assortment of nightclubs and fancy-looking bars. The building of the event wasn’t much better, just a two story, unremarkable red brick building with one small door. The inside had a high ceiling but lengthwise wasn’t much bigger than a classroom. The room was packed, making it hot and a little hard to see. All of these things put together made me start to question why I had decided to come, and then, the show started.
Out on the small stage appears the girl I had met on the street, only this time, dressed as Harley Quinn, the infamous crazy clown girlfriend of the fictional comic book villain, the Joker. A hoop falls from the ceiling, and Harley starts to sing and dance a twisted love ballad to a pretend Joker in the room, all while suspended in the air. This was one of the lighter performances of the evening. “Games, Dames, and Acromobiles” as it turned out was a hybrid show where performers both dressed and acted like characters from an assortment of video games, television shows, and comic books, all performing their own talents. Before the end of the night the audience was tested to see whether we were robots, watched a girl dance on the silks while playing a game of Tetris, and had a girl on stilts dressed up as a tree dance elegantly and innocently until her bark started to come off. We were read terrible Harry Potter fan fiction from a girl’s diary, and were taught scientific facts from a girl dressed like a white circus pimp, who was also juggling. No matter how strange the show got, I could not stop myself from laughing. The performers managed to be goofy, lighthearted, and believable, all while remaining skilled, elegant and inspiring. It was a small show, and it played to a very particular audience, but it was a magical performance nonetheless.
I was sad to see it end and even sadder that I had not recorded it, until I talked to the strange girl who introduced me to the show in the first place. As it turns out, she was not just a performer, but the show’s producer. Through her I learned about the strange acrobatics done by many of the performers and of other similar shows in the area.
Why would I tell you about all this you ask? Well for all those of the nerdy persuasion who enjoy a strange night now and again, this October “Games, Dames, and Acromobiles” is returning! And guess who’s joined among the list of performers. So whether you come for the fun or your favorite color-themed Paper writer, look us up and tell people how you spent your Saturday night watching a female tree strip for you in a small Brooklyn building.