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Thunderdome @ Burning Man 2010

Thunderdome / Death Guild
* Burning Man * Black Rock City, Nevada * http://www.deathguildthunderdome.com/ *

Every year many Burners look forward to the infamous “Thunderdome”, the interactive art project of San Francisco’s famed “Death Guild”. It is one of Burning Man’s most famous landmarks and one of its most exciting projects/theme camps. Operating for 6 years straight, Burners come to expect Death Guild every year. Inspired by the movie “Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome” (starring Tina Turner and Mel Gibson as Mad Max), “Thunderdome” is a life-sized replica of the same named structure as found in the film. “Two man enter, one man leave” is not really the case here at the Burn, as only friends and friendly-foes who are looking forward to venting some frustration by battling each other with nerf bats while dangling and swinging off bungy cords. All the audience pile around the edge of the dome and climb the rafters to watch the sometimes extremely hillarious battles that take place. Afterwords, it is often a late night Goth/Industrial dance club. Not much activity takes place during the day, but evening it is a very crowded area of the playa. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Apogaea 2009

Volcano Burn at Apogaea 2009

Apogaea 2009

Happy Ass Ranch, Lake George, Colorado * Annually each June * Colorado’s Regional Burn *

Every year the local Colorado Burner community puts together a regional burn in central eastern Colorado called “Apogaea”. An amazing festival of arts, sustainability, and community with leave-no-trace green thumbs on a wild ranch on 140 private acres of Rocky Mountain forested land blended with a community ethic to attain self-sufficiency, production of renewable energy, creation of agricultural base, and the development of mineral resources and mining reclamation. They possess a low-impact approach supportive of environmental preservation. The lands are surrounded by Pikes National Forest. Apogaea is a great testing ground for the local Burning Man community to set up and test their theme camp ideas for Burning Man. This year the theme was a sacrifice of the virgin offering to the Volcano Gods … incredible fire spinning and dancing, ritualized dramatic performances, and a festive dance around the bonfire. Dozens of theme camps and DJ booths, wild parties, workshops, and special events. Art installations and theme camps. Bodypainting. Contact Improv. Cuddle Camp. Safe Sex Play. Dancing. Hulahooping. Camel racing. Color book sessions. Multi-colored goats that you could learn how to milk. Pancake and bacon breakfasts and parties. Xpat Alien parties at the Crop Circle Cantina. Festivity, Friends, and Community. Apogaea is simply amazing. Highly recommended especially for any Burning Man enthusiasts and community. Galleries, photos, and items are located here: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?cat=233. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. [ Photos on Flickr ]

Crop Circle Cantina

View Apogaea: Day 1 [ Myspace ] ; Day 2 [ Myspace ] [ Technogypsie.com ] [ Techno-Gypsy.livejournal.com ] : Photogalleries: [ Myspace Photos (does not contain nudity) ] uncensored: [ ColoradoBurn.ning – Day 6/5/09 ] [ Rest on ColoradoBurn.ning ] [ FlickR ]


Travelogue: Apogaea 2009 – Day 2 – Bodypainting and Wandering

Friday, 5th June 2009
Lake George, Colorado

Travelogue: Apogaea, Day 2 [ Apogaea – Colorado’s Regional Burn, June 2009

Early to rise I meandered out to the hammock for some relaxation before breakfast. The camp slowly started waking. Viktoria, Alan, and a bunch of others camped with us too. Breakfast was had together – Noah and Bella whipped up hashbrowns, eggs, and bacon; while our neighbour Mr. Science made blueberry and banana pancakes. Mr. Science brought mucho toys and props to help make our camps merge night-time, like glow-in-the-dark webbing and lights. Got bombarded with bodypainting in the morning, and eventually escaped the body paint station so as to wander. Popped into Damien’s Cuddle Cavern to say hello and then wandered out and about down the hill. Wanted to hit the Contact improvisation but was a bit too bodypainted as I went tribal alien today.

    “And we will be ready, at the end of every day will be ready, will not say no to anything, will try to stay awake while everyone is sleeping, will not sleep, will make the shoes with the elves, will breathe deeply all the time, breathe in all the air full of glass and nails and blood, will breathe it and drink it, so rich, so when it comes we will not be angry, will be content, tired enough to go, gratefully, will shake hands with everyone, bye, bye, and then pack a bag, some snacks, and go to the volcano.” ~ Dave Eggers, a heartbreaking work of staggering genius (Apogaea 2009)

We wandered out to the Colossus for a wide view of Apogaea and spun around on the “Flip Rig” which let us hang upside down like a bat … stretching our spines with a free chiropractic-like spinal adjustment. Chillin at the Lookout Lounge with good music, sangria, and a great panorama of Apogaea.

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