We are having our next meet-up the 14th of October at 6pm The Dragon’s Lair. Please respond in the comment form, on this page or mark your availability on the group calendar so I know if you can make it or not. Our venue is pretty busy during these months and this is the best date I could get. I truly hope to see you there!
I am happily inviting you to a evening of mystery and magic where we celebrate Halloween.
The theme is:
(The above video comes from an educational short which was aimed at introducing young children to this classic musical piece in the 1980’s- wow, right?!)
Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Op. 40, was composed in 1874 as an orchestral tone poem based on a French legend about Death appearing every Halloween at midnight. As he plays his fiddle, the skeletons rise from their graves and dance until dawn, returning to their graves when the rooster crows. Death’s appearance is heard as a solo violin playing tritones.
The idea of a Danse Macabre is more than a legend. Danse Macabre, or Dance of Death, is an allegory that has been around since the 13th century to illustrate that regardless of one’s station in life, death is universal and inevitable. It has been depicted in paintings, frescoes, plays and musical settings. It gained prominence in Europe following major events in the 14th century such as famine, war, and the Black Death.
The use of tritones to represent death or the devil is also rooted in history. Musically, a tritone is three consecutive whole tones, making it an augmented fourth or diminished fifth. During the Middle Ages, it was called the diabolus in musica, or “the Devil in music.” The sound is dissonant, leaving the listener with a sense of it being unfinished, needing resolution.
Here is also a fantastic write up in one of my favorite books about the Danse Macabre: The Atlas Obscura.
If this is all a bit too dark and you can’t get into the groove, lighten up a bit with my favorite Disney cartoon inspired by the allegory: The Skeleton Dance:
Please join us for music, awesome bjd related conversation, lots of skeletons, a beautiful photography backdrop celebrating the holiday and other fun activities. If you make a donation and become part of the guest list before October first then you can also expect a goodie bag filled with tricks and treats for your dolls. (Thanks so much to everyone who has helped out thus far! You are the best!)
In addition we’re going to have a costume contest. The winner will welcome home a very special Halloween prop for their BJD collection- and there will be other prizes as well! Please dress your dolls for the occasion- I can’t wait to see what people bring to the table. (literally!)
Please check out the addition of the ‘Guest List’ option as well as the ‘Open Attendance’ located below.
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As always thank you to each and every one of you for your past attendance. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I can’t wait to celebrate it with all of you~
Please feel free to PM with with any questions you may have and I will get back to you ASAP!
I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who showed up and made this meet-up a success. I just put these things together- it’s the people showing up and helping that make this who production possible. (I know a couple of people missed out due to illness or unable to find rides…. please know we missed you very much and hope you can make it to the next meet-up!)
There were cookies, cakes, tea, quite a few skeletons and some SUPER GORGEOUS dolls! Here’s a couple photos from the event (Please look forward to more, BETTER photos soon as contributors took some fantastic photos of the event):
The dream behind these meet-ups is simply to bring people together and have a wonderful time! It’s our own mini tea party! If you’d like to join us then please send me an e-mail or just stop by. Our next meet-up will be a SWAP MEET! Please look forward to more details coming soon~ HAPPY HALLOWEEN!