Night of 1000 Kates is an evening shameless ecstatic lushness in Philadelphia, using Kate Bush’s craft as the source material.
Inspired by NYC’s long running Night of 1000 Stevies, friends and artists—Julia Factorial, Danielle Redden, and Crystal Kovacs—launched Night of 1000 Kates in Philadelphia in 2014.
Over the the past 9 years hundreds of dancers, musicians, magicians, storytellers, performance artists, and freaks - mostly hailing from Philly - have performed in this special evening of revelry. See you in Spring of 2024!
tonight my dragons
tonight we are home.
we have no interest in being taken seriously
we have no interest in making sense
we have no interest in progress
we have no interest in success
we are failures
we are perverse
we are frivolous
we are here for pleasure and it is for pleasure that we do it
our pronouns are coracles floating, belly up,
scooping water lilies into our mouths
our titles are violet tigers pulling chariots
built of bracelets, brocade and iron
our names are rolling the altars over
down through the stained glass doors
into this fantastic effort of nothing
we are the color of the sky under ice
we are the burn in our palms
we know that deliverance will surely come
all we have to do is splice the rope
(embody the stories that make worlds)
tie the knots
(allow fantasy to foreclose reality)
secure the lines
all we have to do is
let the weirdness in
- written by danielle redden for Night of 1000 Kates, 2018
"An Encore 35 Years in the Making" The New York Times
Aug. 22, 2014