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The Golden Ticket to the Festival of Doom
The CMFA Black Box
Columbia, SC
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The Golden Ticket to the Festival of Doom
In 2008, a handful of professional bellydancers and ruckus-makers converged on Columbia, SC for the East Coast, All Star, Undulating Abdomen show of Doom. Mostly we planned this event as a way to hang out with each other and write it off on our taxes.

Despite the irreverent moniker, Columbia took the variety show seriously, and a double capacity crowd hung from the rafters and spilled onto the window ledges. "There I was" stories were passed throughout Columbia hipsterdom, and legends spread throughout the national bellydance scene of rabid, sold out crowds and raucous after parties in an occult mansion.

Four years later, we've been so overrun with bellydance, circus, sideshow and burlesque superstars asking to perform at this event that we've expanded the 2012 event to a festival of three days, five events and two venues. Proceeds from the festival go towards local circus arts company Alternacirque's production fund to pay for lighting, costuming, sets, equipment, insurance and circus arts training. Please support your hometown, built from scratch in the backyard circus kids.


Alternacirque presents "Dreams"
8 PM, CMFA Black Box
914 Pulaski Street
Columbia, SC

Alternacirque is South Carolina's premiere alternative circus arts company. Based in Columbia, SC, their much-lauded full-length theatrical show "Dreams" returns in a revised, restaged indoor show. With lush costumes, surreal staging and graceful athleticism, "Dreams" tells the tale of a man stolen away by the Sandman to the land of fantasies and nightmares. All-ages friendly.


The East Coast All-Star, Undulating Abdomen Bellydance and Live Music Show of Doom
8 PM, CMFA Black Box
914 Pulaski Street
Columbia, SC

This is what started it all. Columbia's own Delirium Tribal Bellydance Company hosts some of their favorite musicians and bellydancers in a gala performance that had the audience on its feet last year. The lineup includes:

Delirium Tribal Bellydance Company - Columbia, SC
Serpentine Bellydance Company - Columbia, SC
Awalim Dance Company - Atlanta, GA
Christy Smith - Atlanta, GA
Teejei Brigham - Atlanta, GA
Ananda Dance Company - Knoxville, TN
Mahsati Janan - Asheville, NC
Discordia Arts - Greenville, SC
Fierce Fusion - Augusta, GA
Shadhavar Dance Company - TN
Belladonna and Ken Vegas - Washington, DC
Shakra Dance Company - Washington, DC
Mavi - Washington, DC
Maharal music and dance - Richmond, VA
Carmine Guida - NYC
Joseph Castelli - NJ
Darbuka Dave Machek - Huntsville, AL

And more in negotiation. All-ages friendly.


The Circus, Sideshow and Burlesque Show of Doom
8 PM, CMFA Black Box
914 Pulaski Street
Columbia, SC
18+ only

This is the show where when we tell people what we're planning, everyone shakes their head, shell shocked, wondering if Columbia will survive. This dark circus and burlesque variety show will be hosted by the Carny Preacher himself, Armitage Shanks, who was director and ringmaster of Seattle's Circus Contraption, is the star of the upcoming feature film "The Burlesque Assassins," and is regarded as one of the top emcees in the international burlesque community.

Also on the bill:
Philadelphia's vaudeville comedy duo Sidetracked
Columbia's own Alternacirque
The Vaudeville music and comedy stylings of The Slomski Brothers - Richmond, VA
Aerials, dance, hooping and acrobatics of Biz'Cirque - Knoxville, TN
Burlesque by Maria Bella and Little Luna of Gilded Lily Burlesque - Baltimore, MD
Menage A Trois Burlesque Company - Charleston, SC
Aerials by The Wondersons - Charleston, SC

And more in negotiation. Due to the adult content of this show, the age limit is 18+.


Ticketing costs and information will be online at in the coming months. Call (803) 712-3559 for more information. Save the dates, and let's fill Columbia with circus fervor.



The CMFA Black Box (View)
914 Pulaski St.
Columbia, SC 29201
United States

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Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Circus
Arts > Dance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Folk
Music > Global

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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