My reply, having been alerted to one such event by one of you wonderful readers, was, "Actually -- there is. It's just in Massachusetts. On a Wednesday."
With this in mind, in the final days before the event was to take place, we decided we'd make the trip (and apparently were weren't the only out-of-towners; in addition to other northern New Englanders, there was a delegation from Philadelphia that made it up). For those who weren't there, here are a handful of selected highlights:
- Will Mentor declaring "No-Walkthrough Wednesday" and the triumphant cheer of the assembled dancers in response.
- A progressively more complex light show involving more lighting effects with every artist that came on -- starting with green dot-lights and eventually including several swirling rainbow colors and black light beaming across a somewhat darkened hall.
- Filling the Guiding Star Grange with enough dancers that all chairs, furniture, and personal possessions had to be removed from the main hall and moved downstairs -- where the sound was pumped in case of overflow, and it sounded like the ceiling would cave in with every balance.
- Nils Fredland joining in with Double Apex -- techno trombone, anyone?
- A really beautiful "narrative" arc which may or may not have been intentional and started with an hour of Perpetual e-Motion (100% live), an hour of Double Apex (partly live, partly prerecorded samples), an hour of dJ improper (100% prerecorded sound), and then two hours of various combinations of the above including a half-hour medley dance; and than ending with Brendan Carey Block and Ed Howe playing acoustic violin during the final waltz.