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Lucent Dossier Finds a Soulmate in Broadway's 100-Year-Old Palace Theatre

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 07:34AM
Lucent Dossier Experience Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

Performers from avante-garde circus troupe Lucent Dossier rehearse for Thursday's show at the Palace Theatre.

When Dream Rockwell walked in the doors of the Palace Theatre on Broadway six months ago, she knew the venue was perfect for Lucent Dossier, her avant-garde circus troupe.

"I was trying to be cool, but … everything is so intricate and detailed," she said Monday night during a rehearsal for the Lucent Dossier Experience, the show the group will bring to the Palace stage on Thursday evening. "You can stare at everything and there's art in everything. It's so gorgeous."

L.A.-based Lucent Dossier has performed around the world, and the journey to the Palace actually began a dozen years ago in New York City. There, Rockwell met Shiram Delijani while acting on a student film. A chance encounter at a Venice coffee shop reconnected the two a year and a half ago.

Delijani's family owns a number of historic Broadway theaters, including the Palace. Shiram was leading up plans for a million-dollar restoration of the Palace, work that just completed this summer and gave the venue redone seating and uncovered numerous details that had been covered up over the years.

The historic vaudeville stage offered a perfect fit for the group's work.

"To me, this feels like home," said Rockwell.

"I don't know if you've ever been in a scenario where everything just feels like it's all coming together, but I had the sense the other day that every aspect of my life led up to this moment," she explained. "If all of the pieces along the way didn't link up, we wouldn't be here."

The Lucent Dossier Experience, which plays for one night on Thursday as a 100th birthday party for the 1911 Palace, blends together a pair of shows that the troupe has performed on the road. The 90-minute performance combines aerialists, live music, fire dancers and theatre.

"We come out here just souls blazing," said Rockwell. "We come out here just wide open and let it rip."

"Our greatest desire is to inspire people to be ok with who they are, all parts of who they are, and just let it flow."

The troupe is currently at work on a show written specifically for the Palace—"It's a secret, but yes!"—and Rockwell believes the venue can become Lucent Dossier's regular stop in Los Angeles.

The Palace is certainly easier for the group to reach than other recent stops, which have included Paris, Venice and Japan.

"When we went to the Bahamas we had to send a shipping container over there," said Rockwell. "When we went to Europe it was thousands of dollars of baggage overages. Here, we can walk from our warehouse. It's amazing. We can bring things that we can't take on the road with us, which is awesome."

Lucent Dossier Experience takes place at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, July 28. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 8:30. Some tickets are still available online, and prices range from $20 to $75.

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