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Dancing on the Waterfront

The ICA wants to prove that museums know how to party


Dan Deacon gives peace a chance.

The Red Sox are in Philly, the Lakers and the Magic have the night off. What you really want right now is to get out of your digs and try something totally different.

How about dancing to an electronic band from Baltimore while cartoons are projected onto the side of a building? Or joining a gigantic game of Twister while a DJ mixes sounds you’ve never imagined?

The Institute of Contemporary Art is hosting its first-ever outdoor Experiment tonight, June 12, from 8 p.m. to midnight. As the name implies, this dance party is an experiment in sound, light, and motion. The artists performing defy definition, fitting considering the event is billed as “Boston’s only art museum dance party.”

Burning Man, step aside.

Hooliganship, a duo from Portland, Oreg., creates crazy 3D animation. Video Hippos mix live music with video clips; one of their songs even combines the crowd-pleasing elements of electronic rock and British children’s television (Teletubbies). Jimmy Joe Roche and Dan Deacon round out the performers/visual artists charged with keeping the outdoor dance floor thumping.

So branch out. Head down to the ICA along the Boston waterfront and leave behind preconceptions of what you should be doing on a Friday night.

To find your way to the ICA’s Experiment by public transportation, take the Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront bus. The ICA, 100 Northern Ave., is short walk from either the World Trade Center or the Courthouse station. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for members and students with a valid ID.

Caroline Bridges can be reached at cbridges86@gmail.com.


One Comment on Dancing on the Waterfront

  • Anonymous on 06.12.2009 at 2:25 pm

    21+ event

    bring yr IDs–this one is 21+!!!

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