The Upstairs Lounge

Conceptualized and Choreographed by Monica Ordoñez

 

On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to The UpStairs Lounge, marking this monumental tragedy as the most deadly attack on the LGBT community in US History; but up those 13 steps was a unique sanctuary adorned with red wallpaper and flamboyant decor, where the patrons could love, laugh, and even worship without fear.  We present film and choreographic works inspired by the true stories of the patrons of the lounge and themes of the era, celebrating the spirit that forever remains.

 

Meet the Patrons...Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Music: Lou Reed

Dancers: Alexa Erck Lambert, Anna Hassan, Braedon Mason, Cody Cody, Elizabeth Mantalas, Gianni Reid, Monica Ordoñez, and Taylor Thomas Hosemann

 

You Have to Understand the Way I am...Mein Herr

Music: Liza Minnelli in Cabaret

Dancers: Alexa Erck Lambert, Cody Cody and Gianni Reid

 

My Body

Music: Perfume Genius

Dancers: Braedon Mason and Cody Cody

 

John and Jane Golding

Music: The Flamingos

Dancers: Braedon Mason, Cody Cody and Elizabeth Mantalas

 

“Fire...there’s a Fire!”   

Music: Crocodile Rock Instrumental, audio from The UpStairs Lounge Fire

Dancers: Anna Hassan, Cody Cody, Braedon Mason, and Taylor Thomas Hosemann

 

My Body is a Cage

Music: Arcade Fire

Dancers: Alexa Erck Lambert, Braedon Mason, Cody Cody, Elizabeth Mantalas, Gianni Reid and Monica Ordoñez

 

Queen

Music: Perfume Genius

Dancers: Alexa Erck Lambert, Anna Hassan, Braedon Mason, Cody Cody, Elizabeth Mantalas, Gianni Reid and Monica Ordoñez

 

United We Stand

Music: Brotherhood of Man

Dancers: Alexa Erck Lambert, Anna Hassan, Braedon Mason, Cody Cody, Elizabeth Mantalas, Gianni Reid, Monica Ordoñez, and Taylor Thomas Hosemann

 

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Artist Director: Monica Ordoñez

Executive Director: Alexa Erck Lambert

Director of Marketing and PR: Hannah Udell

 

Light Design: Leah Farrelly and Chris Perme

Set Design: Shena Troia of Commune Vintage

Costume Design: Kaci Thomassie

UpStairs Lounge Sign Design and Craftsmanship: Gregg and Ryan Perea,

                                                                        Isabel Machine and Fabrication

Film Editing: Monica Ordoñez

Photography: Brei Olivier and Mike Yoder

 

Special thanks to Royd Anderson, documentarian and historian, for his support, expertise, photos, and the use of clips from his documentary, The UpStairs Lounge Fire.

 

Special thanks to Café Istanbul, Ilana Bresky, John David Hosemann and Jordan Lambert.

 

** Mélange Dance Company does not own claim ownership to any video material presented during our presentation of The UpStairs Lounge**

 

Film presentation includes Teaser Trailer #1 for Robert Camina’s 2015 release of the documentary, Upstairs Inferno, by Camina entertainment, www.caminaentertainment.com, along with clips from the documentary, Tracking Fire, by Sheri L. Wright and Jennifer Knoll, www.trackingfire.com.

 

This show is dedicated to the patrons of The UpStairs Lounge.