Black Lung, Gold Fever
Verge Center for the Arts
Sacramento, CA | 2017
About the show
Whoop Dee Doo made it's first trek to the lovely city of Sacramento California in May of 2017 to celebrate Sacramento's history and local talent in a gold rush themed showcase of a group of amazing local performers.
Six Whoop Dee Doo artists arrived with a little over a week to create an original show featuring contests and new, collaborative performances in a giant handmade installation. The Blyue Rose Dance Project emerged, stunned, from a goldmine shaft collapse but when the instrumental intro of Band of Gold began they regained their wits and dazzled the audience with their dancing. The Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes de Sacramento entered the performance space in mysterious, black disguises that magically rose to the ceiling allowing the IMBASAC to provide a traditional dance so powerful it transformed the set, exposing a giant golden pyramid. Next, audience volunteers were brought up for a gross hunt for gold nuggets that had accidentally made their way into an oversized kitty litter box. The Royalty Dancers surprised the audience with an entrance from within the giant pyramid and provided an inspiring closing performance. Each show was closed out with a with group dance.
The installation remained in place at the Verge Center for a month giving visitors a chance to watch raw footage of th performances while hanging out in the set.
Blyue Rose Dance Project
IMBASAC - Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes de Sacramento
Summer Jones and the Royalty Dancers
Met Sacramento High School Students