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quirky and fun to glitzy and glamorous — usually they are all of these things. Created based on themes running inside the events, these looks represent various areas in the fest, creating a wild, dreamlike atmosphere. Forget about drugs; you won’t need them in these trippy, sexy, surprising environs. On Rainbow Road, in the Wasteland or amid the Circuit Grounds, you’ll come across audacious apocalyptic figures and colorful sci-fi creatures pretty much nonstop.
These roving bands of “funkdafied freaks,” as EDC calls them, add significantly to the surreal hedonism of the event. Among the costumed performers you’ll encounter this year are Atomic Ponies, inspired by vintage equestrian circus acts; Black & White Flower Clowns, dolls that inhabit magical garden areas; Bee Bees, Studio 54–style B-girls; Carousel Girls, wielding rhyth- mically spinning parasols; Coney Island Clowns, New York’s sexiest and silliest; Cosmic Cuties, think Barbarella at a rave; Dalí Dollies, artful and audacious; Smiley Family, human emojis; Furbs, life-size plushies; Sunshine Harleys, hot and classic harlequins; Ice Cream Dreams, danc- ers as sweet treats (one of EDC’s most popular troupes); plus Love Rules and Love Rules Stil- ters, Marching Majorettes, Military Brats, Party Animals, Puppet Theater, Rebel Rockets ... the list goes on. The excess and eye candy is more than words can convey.
Easy says they develop the overall aesthetic of each event before deciding which new cos- tumed characters can be created for it. She and her team conceptualize or design the characters before moving into the production aspect with vendors, which includes artists and designers.
“I love the closeness of the entertainment community and being able to create a unique place for them where they can shine,” she says. “Look out for more visually stimulating large pieces that are performer-interactive at our events. I am inspired to go more large-scale this year and going forward.”
No matter how grand things get production- wise, it seems the interaction is what remains most significant for Insomniac’s entertainers. As Easy says, “We want people to cherish the laughter and joyous moments they share with these characters. We want to inspire them to be creative in their own lives with our artistic and outrageous designs. We want to encour- age them to let go of their inhibitions and be anything or anyone they want. We want them to feel like they had the time of their life.” —Lina Lecaro
Check out the new Instagram page for Insomniac entertainers (@InsomniacEntertainers). Like to try out for an EDC performer spot yourself? Sign up for the Insomniac Entertainment Department Newslet- ter at insomniac.com/signups/entertainment.
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Js and music makers may be the main draw for Electric Daisy Carnival’s deni- zens, but Insomniac Events figured out a
long time ago that a truly magical, multisensory experience must have an equally compelling visual component.
In many ways EDC’s organic mojo comes not from the sound system, lasers or technical spec- tacle but from the people hired to be onstage and to entertain the crowd. To call them danc- ers would be a disservice. They are immersive performance artists who interpret and enhance EDC’s aural output through movement, a bit of acrobatics, lots of dazzling costumery and mesmerizing thematic theatrics.
“Insomniac performers create a unique inter- active environment at our festivals that make memorable experiences,” says its entertain- ment director, known only as Ms. Easy. “We like to focus on both on- and offstage performance. Overall, we like to showcase a culmination of tra- ditional circus talent, Cirque-style performances and nightlife entertainment.
“Insomniac headliners [attendees] may experience interactive characters, stilting pup- pets, choreographed dancers and more on the grounds,” she adds. “EDC has featured large- scale acts such as Tesla coil lightning throwers, motocage riders, lightwire puppets, sway poles, aerial balloons, LED track acrobats and more. Some of our entertainers have backgrounds in Cirque, theme parks and even the Olympics.”
Easy’s name is ironic because what she does is not easy at all. Her all-encompassing job description includes conceptualizing characters and looks; supervising production and ward- robe; casting and recruiting; overseeing styling, scheduling and management of the performers; directing, mentoring and coaching; and coordi- nating entertainment for all areas and facets of each EDC event, in Vegas and overseas.
She worked as a performer for many years before starting her own entertainment com- pany, and then met the festival’s mastermind, Pasquale Rotella, in the mid-2000s. “As the events began to grow, I directed, costumed and hired more entertainer groups alongside my own,” she recalls. “Over time the production grew extremely large-scale and I came on to the full-time position of entertainment director.”
A longtime fixture on the rave scene — in St. Louis, where she’s from; in New Orleans, where she lived for a while; and finally in L.A. — Easy has honed her eye for alluring stage perform- ers over the years, pushing the boundaries of creativity along the way. Each year, EDC’s performance aspect becomes bigger and better.
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