Hard to believe it’s going on ten years – but Spain’s roving nightlife circus of extravagance elrow really did debut all the way back in 2010. Since then, it has become Ibiza’s #1 party (no easy feat), and converted spaces from London to New York to Dubai into utterly outrageous nightlife experiences, all while somehow avoiding any problematic brushes with the law.
Brooklyn is a favorite stop on the ongoing tour of glorious mayhem – and this Saturday, December 14, they return to Avant Gardner for the U.S. debut of elrow’art Kaos Garden, a holiday spectacular that is sure to make the Rockettes look like a roadside eggnog stand in Tuscaloosa. The musical lineup is veritably head-spinning, with Alan Nieves, De La Swing, Bastian Bux, Andrea Oliva and Paco Osuna all manning the decks between the 7pm start time and the 4:30am conclusion – though we’re guessing no one will actually want to leave before sunrise.
elrow’art is actually a new undertaking for them, and this first Stateside edition is being sponsored by Spanish fashion brand Desigual – who are well known for supporting young art world talent. Once inside, attendees will bear witness to an over-the-top interpretation of Hieronymous Bosch’s exalted triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, which, of course, is a lot about sin and punishment (plus it will save you a trip to the Prado in Madrid).
Multidisciplinary artist Okuda San Miguel and DJ/producer Paco Osuna dreamt up the 21st Century trip through Hell and Paradise. And for this one, those who have survived the nighttime chaos, are promised the redemption and ecstasy of the latter – though one wonders if serenity is even possible after a night in elrow-land.
Osuna is acting as “sonic curator” and “spiritual guide” and a carefully crafted sound landscape will mark the path from Hell to Eden. No surprise, they’re promising skulls of colors, ships that fly, mountains that take root, birds, unicorns and sirens dancing – and within all that sensory overload, each guest will be encouraged to…plot their own destiny.
“I think life is boring if you don’t do things your own way,” offers Okuda San Miguel of the leitmotiv of Kaos Garden. “For me, chaos is the freedom to choose your own path and have a good time going through it.”
We’ll see you by the giant floating spider, then.