Uh-Oh: A Whoop Dee Doo Thing
Baltimore, MD | 2012
about the show
Fifteen Whoop Dee Doo artists traveled to Baltimore and worked for over two weeks to collaborate with the surrounding community of Gallery CA, the MICA student community, 901 Arts, Muse 360 and our community performers to create this wild and unforgettable performance.
The theme of this show was “science and royalty”, and Whoop Dee Doo artists created workshops with over 60 young children at Muse 360 to create alien plant-life for the set of our show. At 901 Arts, a community-based youth arts center, Whoop Dee Doo artists worked with twelve young students almost daily to create alien plant costuming for a fashion show at the live event.
Whoop Dee Doo artists created a unique floor to ceiling set from scratch at the City Arts Gallery and created a strange narrative for the show including a royal couple from the fictitious planet Andegaar. Some of the collaborations included Balinese performer Mourine Supartha, who worked one on one with pageant winners from Baltimore to re-create the Saman “dance of a thousand hands”, as well as her own performance of the Cendrawasih dance. As this performance focused on eye movement, Whoop Dee Doo artists created giant eyeball puppets to follow her movements in this historic dance. Charm City Cakes, the well known cake bakers, created an alien-themed performance and exploding volcano cake as a collaboration with our artists and youth groups. Nepali superstar Prem Raja Mahat (“the Napalise Usher”) worked with the Raynfall Dancers to create a new performance for our show, and the very generous Baltimore Police Honor Guard allowed us to alter the National Anthem to our alien theme, and present our “colors” in a staggering performance.
Stuart Scott Smith
Deana Haggag, Catherine Akins, and Matthew Spalding
Baltimore Police Honor Guard
Miss Baltimore & Miss Washington D.C.
Saman & Cendrawasih Dance with Mourine Supartha and the Pageant Contestants
Eastern Wrestling Alliance Wrestlers: Kasket, 3rd Degree, Desert Storm
Towson University Black Student Union Step Team
Watoto From The Nile
Wet Clown & Bolt 5000
Charm City Cakes: Andagaar
Baltimortician’s Beauty Check
Prem Raja Mahat & Muse 360