Category: Participatory Performance Art
Dates: February 13 and 14, 2015, repeat as necessary
The Flight Deck, Oakland

Robert Edward Earl Hickling, Founder, Director, Producer, Main Host
Rob Thoms, Michael French, Kim Lembo, Sophia Knox-Miller, Co-hosts and Co-creators
The Audience, Participanse


The night went on until the last breath
Someone swore ’twas a giant, little death
We came, we tasted, we took a royal chance,

From the end to the beginning, all and evermore, La décadanse

In lieu of typical Valentine’s Day celebrations, you are beckoned to an invitation-only participatory performance-art ritual inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s song “La décadanse”. Our ritual, La décadanse is the magnificent and succulent display of richness inside and outside of us. We were called to indulge in the experience with you.

No film or cameras are allowed during the ritual so you are seeing only spontaneous before and after documentation.


How does La décadanse fit in the context of Valentine’s Day?
“Vday is such a trying to be perfect day, perfect looking, perfect love, etc. starting clean and white and ending up a total mess and revered and crowned in that messiness is such a contradiction to how the inner messages about love and relating are. Love is messy, and when you walk the path of it, you are bound to get tussled. It was also a great metaphor about the abundance of people and love in our lives, and really all we need to do is walk the path and let it come to us.”
-Carin M.

Besides just liking the event (or not), what was your experience?
“My experience was entering a room of beautiful people, feeling welcomed and cared for. Walking in to a gorgeous ritual that honors our regalness and our messiness.”
-Carin M.

Was it significant or meaningful for you?  In what way? “Knowing that it would be an interactive show I had some anxiety about feeling put in the spotlight. But the actual experience helped me put aside my fears and totally become a part of something I feel was beautiful.”
-Lauren L.

“It felt like getting in touch with something feral and wild. But also, lovely and sacred – as you held it towards the end.”

-Alex W.

Would you recommend it? or come again? “I’ve been talking about the experience a lot. It has stayed with me for sure. I would definitely recommend it and definitely go again.”
-Lauren L.

Our stencil graffiti logo by Rob Thoms on the stage floor with streaks of water from clean up.

In the lobby participants are dressed in whites that will be stained.

The 2015 hosts after the experience: Rob Thoms, Kim Lembo, Robert Edward Earl, Sophia Knox-Miller, Michael French.

The director, producer and the evening’s main host, Robert Edward Earl, after La décadanse.

A participant’s white dress that was stained.