On Thursday October 23, your examiner was able to score an interview with Vampiress Icuka, Coordinator, of the The Vampire Ball – hosted by Vertigo Theatrics and the Vampire Emporium. The ball hosts its event this Saturday, October 25 at Flint’s Historic Masonic Temple. This ball is one of the biggest Vampire party events of the year here in Michigan’s Gothic network. So sit back, mix up a crimson refreshment, and fall under the charm of Vampiress Icuka’s virtual voice.
So, tell us, what is The Vampire Ball all about?
The Vampire Ball is a themed Halloween gala created with Vampires in mind. It is an opportunity for adults (sorry kids 21 and over only) to find their inner vampire and bring him or her to life in a majestic setting.
How many years has this been going?
This is our 6th year and we look forward to many many more.
How did it run into the blast it became today?
The Vampire Ball is constantly evolving. We pride ourselves on the atmosphere of our event. Since it is held at the Masonic Temple in Downtown Flint, we are easily able to convert what some see as a “regular auditorium” into something majestic and castle-like. It is the perfect location for the lair of a Vampire. In addition to the visual atmosphere, we pride ourselves on bringing internationally recognized artists to the event. This year, we welcome back Aurelio Voltaire. Voltaire is singer/performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys. His music can be described as tongue in cheek exercises in the macabre.
We also strive to recognize local artists and this year our guests will be entertained by local performers Dynamite Dolls Circus who perform belly dancing and side show acts. We round out our evening with music played by a local DJ, DJ Sandman. This year we are also proud to include a ceremony involving the Rules of Hospitality as well as a blessing of the event. In keeping with our theme, we also offer specialty drinks including
- The Vampire Kiss Martini,
- Blood Bath
- True Blood
- The Familiar
- Blood (Bud) Lite
- Vampire Wine.
We are also able to make this event so successful with the help of Sloan*Longway, our event partner for this year. Sloan*Longway is the home of The Sloan Museum, Longway Planetarium and Buick Gallery in Flint.
How did you know that the community needed this?
Ted Valley of Vertigo Theatrics, was approached by Ilona Curry with the idea of hosting a Vampire Ball, back in 2003. It took a couple of years for the idea to come to fruition. Basically a quick survey of the Flint/Genesee County area showed that there wasn’t a formal Halloween event for adults. We wanted to create an exotic event that would welcome and embrace all “creatures of the night”.
Is this a masquerade?
The Vampire Ball is not formally a masquerade, but those who wish to dress in such a fashion are certainly welcome.
What is the style that is encouraged?
The Vampire Ball is about finding your inner Vampire and releasing him or her for the evening. We ask that you refrain from Jeans and T-Shirts since this is a Ball and not a costume party. Other than that, there aren’t really any restricts. We have seen costumes ranging from corseted outfits, to ball gowns, to pants suits for the ladies. For men, dracula-looks, tuxedos, suits, 20s gangsters have all made appearances in the past.
Now you are marketing this as a Gothic Gala, is this for all forms of Goth or a specific generation?
We do not have a specific generation in mind and welcome all Gothic minded people as well as those who are not. One interesting and unique thing about our event is the open-mindedness of our guests. No one feels out of place and all are welcomed.
What kind of age mix comes in, what generations?
We welcome any age, but our guests appear to be primarily between the ages of 25 and 50.
What can a person expect to happen if this is their first time attending?
Our guests can expect to see many types of Vampires and in some cases Vampire Hunters (beware!). They can expect music, live entertainment, a social atmosphere, excellent drinks, and of course a greeting from our Master and host for the evening, Amir Ay’yish May’yit Minalibir . You can also expect the opportunity to meet our entertainers. Our guests should take special note that Voltaire will have CDs, t-shirts and other items available for purchase. Also, if you are attending the Séance, Mr. Hartwick will have digital recordings of the Séance available for purchase for $15.00.
Is the DJ open to making the playlist available after the event?
DJ Sandman would be willing to make the playlists available upon request.
What genre of music is on deck?
We like to keep our music somewhat geared toward the gothic theme, however we also realize that not all of our guests are entertained by the same type of music. As such, we have wonderful DJ who is willing to take requests and keep our guests happy and on the dance floor.
How can one find tickets and how much are they?
Tickets can be purchased at www.vertigosvampireball.com/tickets . Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. We are also hosting a séance. Tickets for the Séance are $20. Mr. Hartwick, the conductor of the Séance , will also be offering electronic recordings of the Séance for $15 the day of the event.
Is there anything you would like to say the folks who are coming?
First I’d like to thank everyone for supporting The Vampire Ball, Vertigo Theatrics and Sloan*Longway. I’d also like to remind everyone to have fun, meet new friends, take lots of pictures and have a frightfully good time.
This writer would like to thank the good folks at the ball for taking time out to give this interview. With October, there are a lot of events going on, so when a group gives an interview the week of the event, that really speaks to their sense of community. After having met this lovely woman at the Midwest Witches Bazaar, there was not doubt as to her class and poise as well as her kindness. This only verifies it.
If you are interested in attending this ball, it will be taking place at 700 Block, South Saginaw St. in Flint. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.. Dress to impress is the theme, so best Pagan manners are expected.
There is a large crossover with the Pagan community here in Michigan, and the Gothic and Vampire communities. This is an opportunity to party together. Maybe it is an opportunity also to make contact with the discarnate at the seance as well, since at this time the Veil is thin.