Jun. 06, 2012 - Issue #868: Hot Summer Guide
Curated by Beth Dart
NiteClubs has been forming a reputation all its own over the past six years at Nextfest, and though we never do see the same thing twice, there is one aspect of the trio of performance parties that has stayed the same. Beth Dart is diving into her fifth year as the curator of NiteClubs, and the considerable amount of time spent on these performance collages hasn't diminished her excitement about the project one bit. Two of the three themes for this year are back by popular demand (Rise Up! and the much-discussed Smut Cabaret) and the third is a new wildcard theme entitled Fairytales & Nightmares.
"I've had really good responses from Rise Up! and Smut," begins Dart. "It's not very often that artists get to put out their more political works, so it's really important to me to provide that platform through Rise Up!. Then, Smut is an opportunity for artists to get down and dirty. This year, the artists for Smut are bringing some pretty crazy things to the stage. I'm always just as excited as everyone else to see what's going to happen."
The energetic atmosphere of NiteClubs continues to be an invigorating characteristic of the event for audience members and artists alike. The performance parties are not rehearsed in the traditional sense, and artists are encouraged to take chances in front of a lively audience.
"What's truly exciting for me this year is that artists have figured out what NiteClubs is really about," Dart says. "It's all about trying brand new things. The event gives artists an opportunity to give anything that might be stewing on the backburner a shot and see how people respond."
When looking at the Nextfest mosaic, NiteClubs is easily identified as the event that pulls artists of all types into one room. From the call for submissions to closing night, the event is an exercise in innovation and collaboration.
"I've got dancers who are backing up electronic musicians, film artists working with installation artists, and the list goes on," says Dart. "It's why I love this event. NiteClubs is really about giving new ideas a platform and building a community." vueweekly.com comments: powered by Disqus
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