Monday, April 15, 2013
While Mega-Con was at the Orange County Convertion Center, Drip staged a special "Super Heros" themed show. On March 16th one dancer was sick so Jessica Mariko, the dance company's founder, stepped in to perform as Red. I hadn't seen Jessica dance since she did a solo routine at Slingapour's downtown. Other dancers were a bit nervous to have the creative director performing with them. Jessica performed a hot sensual dance routine with Blue that was stellar. Some dancers have the ability to grab your attention and hold it with their every move. It is obvious Jessica has that spark. It is a shame she has to spend so much time marketing and doing the paperwork to keep this amazing show afloat.
The first act,in which the romantic leads meet, happened in the bar area. I liked how the dancing happened on the bar and patrons became part of the performance. A police siren and flashing red and blue lights announced the start of the main performance. The wagon wheel was no longer above the heads of the rock band. I never understood how that wheel tied into the show anyway. A plastic cage is used in the beginning of the show protecting the audience from the sand and paint that the performers throw. This gives a false sense of security because later the walls were removed.
My sketch got drenched several times and my white Drip T-shirt was covered in paint. Unfortunately the crowd was rather thin. It must be difficult to get Sci-Fi nerds out to see cutting edge performances.