FYI: Giant jellyfish coming to Union Square
December is a time for lights in San Francisco, and it’s also a time for alarming but beautiful big jellyfish puppets to march on our public areas. Seemingly.
Thursday, December 21, the Mission-dependent efficiency team Billion Jelly Bloom ideas to assemble at Union Square with their trademark jellyfish puppets and then, properly, they’ll do whatever it is a huge smack of jellyfish puppets do when they mass jointly.
For those courageous ample to discover what will occur firsthand, Billion Jelly’s Fb page announces that they presently have 10 areas open up for new performers.
[Update: Billion Jelly Bloom co-founder Patricia Lord says they’re now down to just two slots.]
People who want to take part ought to solution a limited questionnaire that incorporates queries like, “Why will you make a excellent jellyfish?”, a soul-browsing interrogation we all ought to experience at some stage in daily life.
Probable cnidaria are cautioned, “If you will not want to carry an 8 pound puppet for 60 to 90 minutes,” it’s wiser to indicator up as an alternate. The smooth-bodied existence can be a tough good deal, it appears to be.
To the shock of no one particular, Billion Jelly Bloom has its roots (or tendrils?) in Burning Male, in which SF locals Patricia and Robert Lord sported their first jellyfish puppets (converted umbrellas) a handful of a long time back again.
“[Returning] from Burning Gentleman 2011, Billion Jelly Bloom’s email inbox contained unprompted requests to bloom at non-Burning Guy events, to our shock and delight,” in accordance to the timeline on the troupe’s web site.
Given that then the jellyfish puppeteers have marketed their performances to special functions like the Treasure Island New music Pageant. This is the fifth or sixth 12 months (the founders are not able to quite keep in mind which) that Billion Jelly Bloom will descend on Union Square.
“In the past it was primarily pals and buddies of buddies and folks we knew” who confirmed up eager to tote a jellyfish Patricia Lord tells Curbed SF. “But this year virtually all people is new.”
There are only 10 precise jellyfish puppets to go all over, but Lord times some 15 or 18 persons will most likely conclude up handling just one by the finish of the night time, and the carnival ambiance will involve a good deal of chances for non-jellyfish performers to get in on the action as well.
So anybody who felt that the community yuletide cheer essential an further psychotropic strengthen will now get their possibility to shine—or swarm, in this circumstance.