- Leslie Blackburn
- 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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- My journey with the DAMNED show has paralleled my journey in life with connecting with my power, trusting my body and stepping more fully into my authentic self and expression. I have been part of the DAMNED show every year since its second year, and have made lasting friendships, built community and loved being part of the art and the culture that we are co-creating together. It began when I was performing with Detroit Flyhouse as an aerial artist back in 2009 at DAMNED II, and our music was played live by Paul Briggs. At DAMNED III in 2010, I performed with Dixon’s Violin in an exploration of energy and movement with fire and shadow, body painted. Beginning at DAMNED IV, I performed solo fire performance pieces for three years: 2011 - A Tribal/Elemental discovery, learning and owning the power of fire; 2012 - “Emergence” - an emotionally introspective piece sharing my story of moving from a rigid, bound up and stuck existence to one of freedom and vibrancy; and in 2013 - I performed “Emergence” along with a new piece called “Transmutation” - changing states of being from the darkness into the light. Each of those years the pieces were performed in collaboration with the haunting and vibrant strings of Dixon’s Violin. And each year following, I have continued to be present to support Dixon in his performances as well as support other performers as we have grown together in our community. I am so grateful for all the years of the DAMNED show and the friendships we have created together, and I look forward to it every year. I am honored to be a part of this art community and to care for each other in this time of a pandemic by creating this virtual showcase. I am proud of us, even though I’m going to miss seeing everyone live. I love you all :-)