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Ongoing: Russian Banya Parties 12.31.13 - The Bootleggers' Ball 10.26.13 - Masquerade Macabre #5 08.09-11.13 - G&S 10th Anniversary (First-ever NYC Steampunk Weekend) 10.27.12 - Masquerade Macabre #4 12.31.12 - Black & White Masked Ball 08.11.12 - The Lost Circus 04.12.12 - The Drowned Ball 02.11.12 - Meet Me in Paris 12.31.11 - The Glitter Ball 10.31.11 - Speakeasy Dollhouse 10.29.11 - Masquerade Macabre #3 08.21.11 - Black & White & Red All Over Ball (Coilhouse Magazine BDay party) 07.16.11 - The Lost Circus 07.14.11 - Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing 2011 - Swing House 12.31.10 - The Bootleggers' Ball 10.30.10 - Masquerade Macabre #2 07.31.10 - The Lost Circus 04.24.10 - Swing House 2-Year Anniversary 03.07 & 21.10 - JaNk! 02.14.10 - The Vault of Golden Vapors 12.31.09 - The Bootleggers' Ball 10.31.09 - Masquerade Macabre 07.17.09 - Nouvelle Époque Cabaret-Salon 06.27.09 - Hobos & Mermaids on the High Seas 04.03-05.09 - Luminous Flux NYC - video art weekend 03.15.09 - Swing House 1-Year Anniversary 11.01.08 - Halloween Vintage Masquerade Ball 10.31.08 - Voodoo Culture Clash 2008 - Swing House vintage dance monthly 02.14.08 - Get Off...Line VI: Roaring 20th 08.18.07 - Radiate Fire! 10.31.06 - Halloween Parade Afterparty II: Devils n Dolls 10.31.05 - Halloween Parade Afterparty: Mardi Gras 06.21.05 - Exotica: Tiki Lounge Shindig 02.14.05 - Get Off...Line III: Say Cheese (and Chocolate) 02.14.04 - Get Off...Line II: Code Red

10.31.08: Voodoo Culture Clash

10.31.08: Spiegelworld, Pier 17 @ South Street Seaport, Fulton & South St
12.31.08: Club Love, 87 Macdougal St

A night of witchy devilry for globetrotting vagabonds

Enter a world where spirits dance, bones rattle, and strange incantations call up the dead. In New York City's most exotic riverfront locale, gyrate to ecstatic global grooves under the full moon and the big top. The fabulous Spiegelworld, closing its 2008 run mere days after Halloween, is now boasting two traveling circus tents--each a mind-bending confection of gleaming mirrors, polished wood and stained glass--as well as a covered riverfront dancefloor, cozy hammock lounge and a 50-foot long outdoor bar, all with breathtaking views of the East River.

The Fabulous Spiegelworld:

The dark magic begins outside with thunderous carnevale drums by Samba Nation, accompanied by mesmerizing samba dancers and astounding capoeira martial artists. The Sugartone Brass Band throws down authentic and exhilarating New Orleans jazz and funk. Then follow us behind the mirrored doors for a transglobal dance party that will usher in the sunrise over the river.

In The Ancestral Tent, GlobeSonic Sound System's Fabian Alsultany and Derek Beres burn up the dance floor with an epic electrorganic globalbeat melting pot of Arabian Beats, Afro-Latino Grooves, Jamaican House and beyond. In The Futur-JuJu Tent, Sub Swara brings the genre-bending bass weight injected with live turntablism + tabla and spanning the spectrum from dubwise depths to floor-crushing bangers.

Parashakti & The Gatekeepers invoke the Magic of the Ancestors; Alchemy Dance Theater mesmerizes with dynamic and sinuous tribal fusion bellydance; astounding aerial artists perform impossible feats twenty feet in the air; and All-Seeing Mystik Painteresse Elyzabeth adorns you with glow-in-the-dark tribal face & body painting. See below for detailed info on all performers.

PLUS: FREE samples of Sambazon Organic Amazon Acai Berry Energy + $7 Amazon Vodkas all night. FREE Six Degrees Records CDs to the first 500 ticket holders. Best Costume contest at 3am, with prizes including over $100 in gift certificates from Roy Teeluck Salon and Jena Wellness.

See below for detailed info on all performers.

12.31.08 Vodoo Culture Clash

Usher in the sunrise of the New Year in joyous celebration where spirits dance, beings sweat, and ancient incantations evoke echoes of our ancestors...A transglobal beats party with ecstatic drums, performance and dancing in one of the best secret hot spots in New York--with state-of-the-art sound system, wall-sized movie screen, cavern-like bar, a waterfall, and a plush climbable chillout room.

GlobeSonic Sound System's Fabian Alsultany burns up the dance floor with an epic electrorganic globalbeat melting pot of Arabian Beats, Afro-Latino Grooves, Jamaican House and beyond from 8pm on. Parashakti & The Gatekeepers guide you through a full Dance of Liberation experience 9-10pm, as dancers ride the waves of trance, ceremonial purification and healing through enthralling hypnotic live drumming in the seclusion of darkness by the use of the blindfold. NYC's globe-trotting dub kingpins Subatomic Sound System come flexing dub reggae, dancehall and dubstep with Emch on the live dub mix and melodica, and Jamaican dancehall ruler Treasure Don blazin' the mic, 10pm & 12:30am. World-renowned video remix artists Eclectic Method (U2, Fatboy Slim, Public Enemy) perform two live audiovisual DJ sets at 11pm & 2am. World Class International, with DJs kindB and Ramsay from Luxo100, unearth classic and undiscovered gems from around the world, from Brazilian and Afro-Latin beats to Arabic and Asian grooves, to close out the night. Midnight magic with Parashakti & FREE champagne toast. All-Seeing Mystik Painteresse Elyzabeth adorns you with glow-in-the-dark tribal face & body painting starting at 8pm.

See below for detailed info on all performers.

10.31.08 photos by Hannah Thiem (1,2,4-6,11,13,17,18,22,38)
Caryn Waechter (3,7-10,16,19-21,24,32-35,37)
and Misha Koutouzov (12,14,15,23,25-31,36)

More on our artists:

Ecstatic transglobal beats!

The globalistas: GlobeSonic Sound System

GlobeSonic Sound System has been delivering an ecstatic dance DJ experience to audiences worldwide since 1999. Comprised of three professionals in the international music industry, GlobeSonic has rocked festivals, night clubs, all night raves, and special events throughout the world from Mexico to Lebanon, New York City to Singapore; sharing stages with artists ranging from Jamiroquai to Youssou N'Dour; with their lush modernization of world music, an epic electrorganic globalbeat melting pot of Arabian Beats, Afro-Latino Grooves, Jamaican House and beyond.

Dubstep + dancehall: Sub Swara

Melding a blaze of dubstep, dancehall, midtempo, and glitch hop, all injected with live turntablism and tabla, Sub Swara has become one of NYC's most vital music collectives, dropping the bottom out of bassbins and creating dancefloor mayhem on stages worldwide. Sub Swara released their groundbreaking debut album Coup d'Yah earlier this year, amassing rave reviews the world's biggest tastemakers, including Maryanne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1), Pitchfork Media, XLR8R Magazine, OK Player, TimeOut NY and more.

They are not VJs: Eclectic Method

Eclectic Method is a trio of video remix artists whose live, improvised audiovisual mash-up sets feature television, film, music and video game footage sliced and diced into a blistering post-modern dance floor extravaganza. A truly international live act, EM have played over 300 gigs in 95 cities in 34 countries on 6 continents since 2003. They were just voted the #4 VJs in the world by DJ Mag: "Eclectic Method are the remix kings...a head-rush that unites disparate pop culture elements into an insanely infectious, beat-wise roller coaster."

"Ever seen Method Man rapping with The Muppets or Andre 3000 drumming for The Beatles? If not, you've probably never been to an Eclectic Method show." - XLR8R Magazine. "Mesmerizing" - LA Weekly. "Earwax problem? Eclectic Method will shake it loose..." - Brian Eno. "So downright impressive, it slightly boggles the mind." - The Guardian, UK

Drums, dance + capoeira: Samba Nation

Samba Nation Productions invites you to experience the unparalleled rhythm and magic of authentic live Brazilian music and culture. Watch our world class dancers, musicians and performers create an atmosphere of infectious energy, sensuality and fun, and don't be surprised if you end up getting involved in a mini-carnaval!

New Orleans brass: The Sugartone Brass Band

The Sugartone Brass Band is New York's premiere New Orleans-style brass band devoted to bringing the traditions of the Big Easy to the Big Apple. Sugartone is a diverse group of globetrotting performers whose power, showmanship and energy are unparalleled. From traditional New Orleans jazz to contemporary Funk to hard-hitting New Orleans street flavor, the Sugartone Brass Band's presence means a party is about to begin.

Urban electronic lounge: World Class International

After a chance meeting in August 2005, DJs kindB and Ramsay (co-founder/producer of electrobossa project Luxo100) realized they shared a passion for global electronic music and decided to work together as DJs to present these sounds to a wider audience. Joining forces as World Class International, they can be heard unearthing classic and undiscovered gems from around the world, from Brazilian and Afro-Latin beats to Arabic and Asian grooves. For over two years they held it down at Kush Lounge, where they spun a weekly Six Degrees Records party and brought in guest DJs such as Beat Pharmacy, Nappy G, and DJ Moni.

Mind-blowing performance!

Spirit dance: Parashakti

Through the Dance of Liberation, Parashakti & the GateKeepers lead dancers through a modern ritual fusing dance, yoga, breath work and live sonic grooves. This communal ceremony allows dancers to journey with their highest intention, releasing physical, mental, spiritual and emotional blockages. Through this transformational fusion of exploring the essence of spirit, dance, breath work and contemporary shamanism, we can access ancient wisdom and healing. This communal ceremony allows dancers to journey with clear intent and liberate their inner light. [Don't miss this magical moment, as it's our event opening ceremony.]

Tribal fusion bellydance: Alchemy Dance Theater

Alchemy Dance Theater is a contemporary global dance company that celebrates the alchemy of tradition and innovation, tribal and urban, ritual and spectacle. Performing a mixture of intricate choreography and vibrant group improvisation, ADT has enchanted and mesmerized audiences at events ranging from site-specific street theater and underground parties to international arts festivals and large theater productions, both across the U.S. and in Europe. Inspired by ethnic and contemporary dance from around the world--India to the Balkans, North Africa to Brooklyn--ADT creates a dynamic and sinuous language all its own: a moving collage across cultures, from the ancient to the modern.

Awesome aerial stunts

We invite a handful of beautiful aerialists to stun and astound you with awe-inspiring feats twenty feet in the air.

Fantastic face painting: Painteresse Elyzabeth

Painteresse Elyzabeth will be offering her exquisite freehand Face & Body Artistry. From small sexy embellishments to ornate masks, from tribal to victorian, in black and white or vivid color, with glittery tattoos and special long-lasting phosphorescent Glowing makeup. Dare to become Illuminated! (You can reach the fabulous Elyzabeth at Painteresse*at*yahoo.com)

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FREE CDs to first 500 ticket holders: Six Degrees Records

Six Degrees is an eclectic, independent music label that produces and markets genre-bending, accessible recordings that explore world music, ambient, folk, contemporary classical and intelligent pop music. Through consistency of quality, distinctive visual presentation and creative and aggressive marketing, we strive to create releases that stand out from the pack and offer a real alternative to consumers who are looking to discover new sounds from around the world.

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