I recently had the pleasure of performing for a massive New Year’s Eve party – a first for me, actually.
It was a four room, Jame Bond-themed extravaganza at the Empire Landmark Hotel. Salsa, electro swing, hip hop/club, and world groove rooms, appetizers, drinks and desserts, several performing groups, and a lot of guests.
For the first part of the night I wandered the space on stilts.
I received some of the most enthusiastic interaction I’ve ever had. Everywhere I went, I danced hard like I usually do, and everyone around me responded with joy, excitement, and a real willingness to get close and interact. I partner danced, had people dance through my legs, and of course offered plenty of high fives all around. If anything, it felt a little dangerous in the rooms where the ceiling was lower, the space was more crowded, and the lighting was a bit darker. It was a real test of stilt walking skill, and luckily I passed!
Later on came my solo fire show, a James Bond-themed poi piece. I entered looking “normal” – a bit like James Bond in a dark suit with a dress shirt opened at the collar, and then as soon as the music started I put on goggles and removed my suit jacket to reveal a sleeveless dress shirt and leather bracers underneath. The rest of the piece was really about using the music to feature my movement and poi skills, and it all went pretty well. Unfortunately, my camera died right as I lit my poi, so I don’t have any video yet, but here at least is one guest’s quick snapshot to give an idea of what my costume looked like.