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Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival

Friday, April 5, 2019, 8pm - (opening ceremony on the beach & W. 12th St. @ 7:15pm)
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4pm
Combo tickets available here.

** Appropriate for 18+ **

What happens when the sacred meets the sensual...
When ceremony meets performance…
Where the land meets the sea...


A variety of cutting-edge performers will share their work during the three-day festival.

The 2019 Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival marks International Culture Lab’s (ICL) 4th consecutive year probing the fantastical partnership of ritual & entertainment on Coney Island USA’s Sideshows by the Seashore stage.

We have assembled an array of performance artists, musicians, magicians, puppeteers, sideshow performers and dancers, who have all been tasked with presenting original works that define “ritual cabaret” through the lens of their own particular aesthetic, discipline and lineage.

YOU TOO are encouraged to come be a part of the performance! Wear your most expressive/outrageous costume/look, and help celebrate the festival’s theme of TRANSFORMATION. An on-site makeover room will stand ready to accessorize willing participants, and photographer Kristopher Johnson will have a photo booth set-up during part of the festival. You can also expect a pageant & prizes!

The history of the Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival is informed by dancer/choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata who in the 1950’s originated butoh with his ensemble of burlesque dancers in an effort to defy and subvert authority, including conventional notions of dance, thereby seeking transformation – on the personal, societal and political level.

Inspired by this historical reference, in its call for proposals, ICL challenged artists to deconstruct and reinvent their particular art form, whatever it might be. We asked: If the goal is TRANSFORMATION – of the self, of society, of politics – what will it take to bring this about? Is it possible to invent a new genre? What is Ritual Cabaret to you?

Cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville, and circus sideshow have a long & storied history in Coney Island, while Coney’s rich legacy of amusement, community, and innovation make Coney Island USA (CIUSA) the perfect platform to explore the boundaries of ritual & entertainment. With Ritual Cabaret, ICL and CIUSA have undertaken to merge their respective focal points in a powerful new way. 


Opening ceremony on the beach at W. 12th Street at 7:15pm, featuring Funkrust Brass Band. Join us for a champagne toast to watch the sunset and follow Frunkrust's procession into the theater!!

The Etiology of XOS :: by [/enormousface]
Romperselo/la/l@lx :: by Wit López
bananas :: by bananas
Special Head
Toque de queda :: by Fantasmal
Heaven and Hell :: by Aída Miró & Amanda Orlov
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill


Bing Bong: A Strange Ritual for You and Your Loved Ones
:: by Everything is Fine
Conjuring :: by Tanya Solomon
Witch Hunt (Ritual Cannabalisimo) :: by PNK VLVT WTCH Ensemble
Photophillia RPG :: by Nunu Canal
Eating Air :: by Rebecca Sylvia Posner
The Goddess Project :: by Ren Gyo Soh
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill


Bouncing Betties :: by florkhis
Opium :: by The Butoh Rockettes
Face Your Face :: by Si Golraine, Anjoli Chadha, Erica Chadha
Pillow Talk :: by Dimitri
Oedipus Muhfukuh :: by Sick Nick, the Bellevue Boy
She Poked a Bear :: by Wharton Tract
Polar Bear King :: by Amos Wengler
Durational performance by Jennie Portney, LaReine TheThrill

International Culture Lab

All ticket sales are non-refundable and WILL CALL only to be picked up day/night of performance, at our box office at 1208 Surf Avenue. TICKETS WILL NOT SHIP. There are no extra service fees for online purchase.