Kenneth Anger Equinox Celebration - An Evening of Performance (Kenneth Anger & Brian Butler's Technicolor Skull), Films & Conversation

Kenneth Anger

American underground film maker and author born February 3, 1927.

Kenneth Anger and Brian Butler's Technicolor Skull

Kenneth Anger & Brian Butler's Technicolor Skull is a magick ritual of light and sound in the context of a live performance. A multimedia collaboration featuring Kenneth Anger on Theramin and Los Angeles artist Brian Butler ( on guitar and electronic instruments. The project premiered at Donaufestival in Austria in April 2008 and has subsequently toured through Europe, performing at the National Museum of Art, Copenhagen, and the Serralves Museum, Portugal, MOCA, Los Angeles and Hiro Ballroom, New York,for the Anthology Film Archives benefit along with Lou Reed and Sonic Youth.

Puce Moment

Puce Moment is a short 6-minute film by Kenneth Anger. Filmed in 1949, Puce Moment resulted from the unfinished short film Puce Women. The film opens with a camera watching 1920s-style flapper gowns being taken off a dress rack. The dresses are removed and danced off the rack to music. A long-lashed woman, Yvonne Marquis, dresses in the purple puce gown and walks to her vanity to apply perfume. She lies on a chaise longue which then begins to move around the room and eventually out to a patio. Borzois appear and she prepares to take them for a walk.

Rabbit's Moon

Rabbit's Moon is a "Magic Lantern" Commedia del'Arte play in which Pierrot (André Soubeyran) is attempting to reach the moon, occupied by a rabbit, and later attempts to win the heart of Columbine (Nadine Valance), though he thwarted by Harlequin (Claude Revenant). Pierrot discovers a magic lantern, which provides him happiness and relief from his unrealized ambitions. This is one of Kenneth Anger's most delicate creations, one of the only post-WWII experimental shorts to successfully recreate the look of a late nineteenth century lanterna magica.

Eaux d’Artifice

Eaux d'artifice (1953) is a short experimental film by Kenneth Anger. The film was shot in the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Italy. The film consists entirely of a woman dressed in eighteenth-century clothes who wanders amidst the garden fountains of the Villa d'Este ("a Hide and Seek in a night-time labyrinth") to the sounds of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", until she steps into a fountain and momentarily disappears. The actress, Carmilla Salvatorelli (not "Carmello"), was "a little midget" Anger had met through Federico Fellini. Anger used a short actress to suggest a different sense of scale, whereby the monuments seemed bigger (a technique he said was inspired by etchings of the gardens in the Villa d'Este by Giovanni Battista Piranesi).

The title, a play on words, is meant to suggest Feux d'artifice (Fireworks), in obvious reference to Anger's earlier 1947 work. Film critic Scott MacDonald has suggested that Fireworks was a film about the repression of (the filmmaker's) gay sexuality in the United States, whereas Eaux d'Artifice "suggests an explosion of pleasure and freedom."


A conjuration of the Presiding Princes, Angels, and Spirits of the Sphere of MARS, formed as a "high" view of the Myth of the American Motorcyclist. The Power Machine seen as tribal totem, from toy to terror. Thanatos in chrome and black leather and bursting jeans.

Dedicated to Jack Parsons, Victor Childe, Jim Powers, James Dean, T. E. Lawrence,
Hart Crane, Kurt Mann, The Society of Spartans, The Hell's Angels, and all overgrown boys who will ever follow the whistle of Love's brother.
- Kenneth Anger

Music: Songs interpreted by Ricky Nelson, Little Peggy March, The Angels, Bobby Vinton,
Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, The Crystals, The Ron-Dells, Kris Jensen, Claudine Clark, Gene McDaniels, The Surfaris.


Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.


The shadowing forth of Our Lord Lucifer, as the Powers of Darkness gather at a midnight mass. The dance of the Magus widdershins around the Swirling Spiral Force, the solar swastika, until the Bringer of Light — Lucifer — breaks through.

Cast: Speed Hacker (Wand Bearer); Lenore Kandel
and William (Deaconess and Deacon); Kenneth Anger (The Ma-
gus); Van Leuven (Acolyte); Harvey Bialy and Timotha (Brother
and Sister of the Rainbow); Anton Szandor La Vey (His Satanic
Majesty); Bobby Beausoleil (Lucifer).

$35 Seated Advance / $40 Seated Day of Show / $55 VIP Preferred Seating / $25 Standing Room Only


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