Party Night: Lucent Dossier in a Private Warehouse Wonderland

  • May 17, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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Please Note: Read all the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP for the show.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) Call me when you arrive at the Lighthouse Parking at:[masked]-4099. Do not text me.

3) The Lighthouse Parking is where we meet. They pick us up via shuttle to the private party.

4) Purchase your tickets online here:

Tickets cost $35 per person. Tickets will SELL OUT QUICKLY, so do not hesitate in purchasing your tix ASAP!!!.

5) I strongly recommend dressing up for this event. If you have fantasy-like or steam punk attire, or other eye catching attire, the better.

6) I will host an optional dinner event at a Downtown LA restaurant at 7 PM. I will post it as a separate event.

Several years ago, when The Edison was still new they hired a local home grown circus to host a wonderful monthly event called Incandescence. That was my first experience of Lucent dossier and it was a magical experience. Its like Cirque Du Soleil, but on a more personal level. Lucent Dossier has since evolved and now performs all over the world including places like Coachella. They are still loyal to their LA roots and host private parties for Angelenos about twice a year. Come join me for this revelry!

lucent dossier

I think I stumbled onto something big. Except I'm two years late. And it's so esoteric there's a good chance you've never heard of it. It starts off with a flyer. Once you're committed, you get an e-mail with a street address. Once at the address, a shuttle picks you up and takes you to a warehouse space in downtown LA. For the rest of the night, you're exposed to a wild event full of freaks, hippies, goths, and everything in between dancing, socializing, and engaging in a number of cabaret/dance/aerial performances. There's a lot of make-up and costumes, wigs and props. It's a twisted experience with a nod to the Victorian era and Burning Man. It's Marie Antoinette gone wrong, Cirque Du Soleil on acid, but also the best thing that ever happened to L.A. nightlife. As producer/perform Dayna Riesgo likes to call it: "It's a fully immersive experience where vaudeville meets the future dressed as a Victorian Mad Max warrior." Enter: Lucent Dossier.

Lucent Dossier has been around for almost ten years, producing stage performances of the cabaret variety, traveling around the world, and even entertaining the thousands at Burning Man every year with trippy stylings and, sure, a pinch of crazy. They put together their first large-scale Experience event as an underground party two years ago. It was so successful that they threw another one only two months later, which was busted by the cops. With a proper license, they unfurled their world once again this past weekend. Pre-sale tickets to the show sold out within hours with a maximum occupancy of 470, so they tacked on an extra night, which also sold out. So it only begged the question: what the hell happens at Lucent Dossier?

I arrived around 10 PM, when show time started, with my friend Cat. The warehouse space was as expected—industrial with concrete walls, exposed pipes and beams—but tricked out with laser stage lights and design touches that revisited the mid-1800s. A laundry line of lingerie hung along the beams, a twiggy iron chandelier piece racked high above the dance floor, glittery curtains draped, a loft-style second floor with surprises to come. It was unabashedly theatrical.

lucent dossier

But it's not the first thing you notice. Cat and I were completely underdressed for the occasion. It was a costume party, or felt like it. There was a lot of fish netting with bare asses, corsets and ballerina slippers, bejeweled and painted faces (thanks to the "Transformation Station" in the corner), top hats and furry vests, feather head dresses, velvet, silver, leather, stilettos, 1920s-style suits, teddies, capes magicians wear, and cloaks that vampires wear. The place was full of theater geeks, neo-ravers, goths, hippies, and what I would like to think was combination of all. Often, we didn't know the difference between the patrons and the performers, who were also decked out in similar, outrageous period pieces that one would otherwise never wear to, like, The Abbey. Even still, there were "normal" dressers, like skinny-jeaned hipsters, a handful of Asians in J. Crew, a bunch of gays in flannel, sorority girls in high-heels, jocks on MDMA, and real estate brokers with business cards. And somehow it worked. It was a melting pot of scenesters who just let go and be themselves, whoever they might be.

The performances were top-notch with almost a dozen choreographed dance numbers, cabaret, aerialists on rings, and performance art—some comical, some intense. Every ten minutes or so, the dance floor would break apart for these vignettes; then the patrons would gather again when the short show was over. Music ranged from swing to dub step and, again, it just worked. It's the type of act bars and lounges are trying to deliver in Los Angeles, like the speak-easy style ofPour Vous, a fancy lounge that offers aerialist shows a few times a night. Or even the new Emerson Theatre by SBH, with the cabaret theme weaved into the entire set-up. Lucent Dossier has managed to take all these elements and do it better. A lot better. There was something interesting here, something that felt future-forward and not relying on the past in a gimmicky sort or way. Lucent Dossier was an idea, a statement, a movement. At one point, the host said, "Ladies and gentlemen, everything is a fantasy." And if fantasy is the future, then they're on the right track.

lucent dossier

Cat and I left just after midnight, when more shuttle vans were arriving with late-night revelers dressed to the goth nines, and we knew we were going to miss the best part. Turns out they concocted a human sundae: a claw-foot tub full of people. "Lucent Dossier would never work in New York," she told me when we were dropped off at my car. And she's right. Only in L.A., but the L.A. of the future, which is, thanks to Lucent Dossier, now.



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  • Diane

    I would like to meet you for dinner at Sushi Gen prior to the event. I will be bringing a friend.

    May 16, 2013

    • Robert

      Make sure to call my cell:[masked] when you arrive at the restaurant.

      May 16, 2013

    • Diane

      I will call you when I get there.

      May 17, 2013

  • Robert

    I will be hosting a dinner at Sushi-Gen in Little Tokyo around 7:30 PM. The restaurant is located near the parking lot/shuttle pick-up area for the party which starts at 10 PM. I will be posting the dinner event either tonight or tomorrow morning since it is considered a separate event.

    May 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Robert, would be glad to join you folk, but as I am driving up from south OC ... traffic is a question. Work is shutting down at 2pm on Friday, so I could drive up earlier ... with too much time to kill. Right. :)

      May 16, 2013

  • Stacy B.

    Have a work conflict :(

    May 13, 2013

  • Carol R.

    Wish I wasn't going to be in Flordia. This sounds fabulous.

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds absolutely outstanding! Thanks for posting this, Robert.

    April 17, 2013

  • Tony S.

    It says the $35 tickets are unavailable. The lowest price it shows that you can buy now is $45.

    April 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No idea what the different tiers are about.

      April 17, 2013

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