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Detroit’s Theatre Bizzare Visits the L.E.S.

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Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre brought  a little Motor City flavor to The Pit in Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday while celebrating the opening of founder John Dunivant’s exhibition at The Lodge Gallery.

Members from Detroit's Theatre Bizzare were in The Pitt on Broome Street yesterday.
Members from Detroit’s Theatre Bizzare were in The Pitt in Sara D. Roosevelt Park yesterday.

As explained by The Lodge, “John Dunivant has achieved notoriety throughout the city of Detroit, and internationally, as the mastermind behind Theatre Bizarre. Self-funded and built by dozens of artists over the course of months the Theatre Bizarre would take place for one night each year and featured massive carnival rides, pyrotechnics, elaborate lighting rigs, and Coney Island-esque performers. Theatre Bizarre operated for ten years before its discovery and subsequent closure by Detroit city authorities in 2010.

The Expatriate Parade features a series of paintings and bronzes inspired by the closure of Theatre Bizarre. Facing an existential crisis, Dunivant chose to embrace the turmoil of the situation, with the resulting works on view in The Expatriate Parade serving as a celebration of his ‘exile’.”

Tim Schreier sent along these photos from the event.

TheatreBizzare. Photo by Tim Schreier.

On Stilts - TheatreBizzare in The Pit. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Theatre Bizzare founder John Dunivant.
Theatre Bizzare founder and artist John Dunivant.

The Expatriate Parade. Photo by Tim Schreier.


The Expatriate Parade. Photo by Tim Schreier.

The Expatriate Parade at The Lodge. Photo by Tim Schreier.The Expatriate Parade will run through October 12th.

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