Monday, March 9, 2009

Gothla US: The Divining Recap

It wasn't your usual day on campus at Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday. Gothla US: The Divining brought out the Gothic belly dancers, Steam Punkers and the people who love to watch them for a day filled with workshops, shopping and performances.

The festival officially started on Friday, with workshops and the Motif experimental gathering, and continued on Sunday with more workshops and a special Gothla night at The Chamber at Club Bravo in Anaheim.

On Saturday, the festival's performers and vendors took over Ursa Major hall in the Bronco Student Center, while the workshops were held in the Orion room. I spent most of the time checking in the wonderfully eclectic mix of performers at the entrance, but here are some snaps of the scene before my shift started:

The always entertaining Raine was mistress of ceremonies and introduced performers, conducted raffles, led the fashion show and kept the show on track.


Some of the Victorian-themed merchandise on display

The henna booth



Geisha Moth merchandise

More shopping
Tempest's popular shrugs and corset belts

More shopping

In the afternoon, Elysium Dance Theater literally brought the place to a standstill with this inspired performance:

To see more (and better) photos from the event, check out Richard Lowe Jr.'s site at

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