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‘Passion or Death’ by the Harlequin Hipsters


Step back for a moment, if you will, to a time of castles and kings; when brightly colored jesters danced, tumbled, and cavorted before royal courts. It was the age of mimes and jugglers, of Shakespearean men in women’s clothing, an age when performers inspired a passion for life. Truly it was a magnificent age, as long as you didn’t mind rampant disease, poor sanitation, and old age setting in at 35.

Fortunately, a troupe of talented artists here in Seattle are making it possible for us to relive the golden age of harlequin performance from the comfort of our modern times. I speak of none other than the Harlequin Hipsters and their upcoming show, Passion or Death. This exciting event is being put together for a performance in June, but it needs your help. Shows don’t pay for themselves after all, and the Hipsters have only until May 29 (eight days at the time of this writing) to reach their fundraiser goal.

Passion or Death is set to be a true variety show; with dance, music, burlesque, circus art, Shakespeare, and more. More than just entertainment, the show is about (as its name implies) building a passion for life. Considering the many nagging difficulties we face every day, each of which seems to deaden a tiny piece of our soul, a good dose of passion is just what the doctor ordered.

The Harlequin Hipsters are marvelously qualified to inspire passion. Formed in 2007 as a two dancer show, they have since grown into the 10 member troupe of performers and support crew. Two of their number, Wren La Feet and Whiskey Bliss, recently appeared in the Miss Thunder Laughter memorial show, and they were spectacular. Each member is quite skilled on their own, and together – as you can see here – they are quite amazing.

If this sounds like a recipe for good times to you (and really, how could it not?), then visit their fund raising page here and help them meet their goal. Groups like the Hipsters do the Emerald City proud by their craft, and we should do everything in our power to support them. As an added plus, all donations are 100% tax deductible. If the fundraiser is successful, then look for Passion or Death at Hale’s Palladium on June 24 and 25. Tickets are available here.