The Burning Opera: How To Survive the Apocalypse

The Burning Opera: How To Survive the Apocalypse

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Press Release:

The Burning Opera: How To Survive the Apocalypse made its Los Angeles debut at the Syrup Loft in Downtown Los Angeles, to an enthusiastic first night audience.

Report by Pauline Adamek

Performed at an 11,000 square foot loft space, the avant garde performance is a rock concert with a story that takes you through the cinematic experience portrayed through shadow puppetry and theater.  Each night is an event with surprise guests, stories of adventure, performers, artists and vendors of unique artifacts and designs bringing their talents into one space, spanning the spectrum of creativity.

The Burning Opera: How To Survive the Apocalypse aims to explore the inherent conflicts and painful paradoxes of the world’s most notorious and influential art event, Burning Man, that happens in August annually in the Nevada desert.


After getting kicked off a beach for trying to burn an effigy, small crews of artists build a visionary city in the desert. Two newcomers arrive, each with their own insecurities of fears and expectations, and make their way through the erotic, psychological and apocalyptic minefield of the temporary Burning Man event.

The Burning Opera: How To Survive the Apocalypse is created by Mark Nicols and Erik Davis.

This show is produced by Yehonatan Koenig, Daphne Vega, Mark Nichols and Julie Lewis. Directed by Stephen Hues, Mark Nicols and Julie Lewis.

An ensemble of musicians, actors and puppeteers perform the show and are followed each night by musical performances by a group of rotating entertainers such as DJ Pumpkin, DJ Weevil Leveevil, DJ Jacques the Ripper, Y2-Jesse Shannon, DJ Diggs;  performances by Alicyn Packard, Maci, Nancy Crouch, and the Stilt Circus.

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The Burning Opera: How To Survive the Apocalypse

At the Syrup Loft

(Downtown Los Angeles)

939 Maple Ave. (between Olympic and 9th Street)

3rd floor

Los Angeles, CA.


Runs through Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Thurs — Saturdays, 8.30pm

Sundays — 7.30pm

Generally, door opens at 7:30 pm and show starts at 8:30 pm

This includes a 45 minute intermission, filled with art and creativity

Tickets: $35.00  ***No Door Sales***

Pre-purchase your tickets  here.

Plus all night access to snacks and drinks.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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    Yeah! this is an awesome experience in the middle of fashion district Downtown LA.

    Food, music, surprise performances and the live rock opera concert

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    This was such an incredible performance and brought me back to the heart of what burning man meant to me. Everyone in the cast had such beautiful voices and the song writing was award worthy! There were times when it rocked as hard as the band Tool and other times when it was a seamless blend of harmonies.

    The humor was carried throughout, and the dancing made it so uplifting. The creative use of shadows and puppetry worked so well in telling the story, so I think everyone should see this spectacular show!


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