What do light boxes, aerial performers and copious amounts of plastic wrap have in common? They all were at the Quantum Theatre’s annual Q Ball Saturday night. Held at the work-in-progress Energy Innovation Center in Uptown, guests from all walks of life arrived wearing anything from bubble wrap to Christmas lights, even body paint! If you think that’s crazy, the dress code was live lobsters. Artistic Director Karla Boos, taking a nod from surrealist artist parties from Paris in the 1920’s, created an atmosphere like no other: walls of mirrors, nudes descending staircases, actors wearing plastic cutlery as headdresses, and the brassy sounds of Beauty Slap to keep everyone moving all night! Guests could meander about and bid on many silent auction prizes such as getting your voicemail recorded by barebones productions’ Artistic Director Patrick Jordan or having lunch with Mayor Peduto. They could snack on delicious finger foods and drink classy beverages from various local bars and restaurants such as E2 or Roundabout Brewery. They could even purchase art from local artists like Ryan Lammie, Daria Sandburg, or Rachael Ryan to name a few.
The Quantum Theatre has no trouble celebrating the arts through their non-traditional environmental productions and their annual party is no different. After last year’s Q Ball was named the most imaginative party of 2014, this year’s Q Ball had no trouble living up to its legacy.