We were treated this weekend to one of our special themed shows, this time DJ’d by the very talented Mr Gerrard Winstanley, playing a selection of Asian fusion music. The show was based around the oriental Willow Pattern, the story of which was posted here a few days prior to the show itself.
The set was all in muted tones of blue and white, and was a replica of the china pattern depicting the lovely oriental landscape scenery. A bamboo bridge crossed over a babbling stream in which blue and white koi carp swam. The blue and white crane bobbing their long necks into the water every few minutes to pick up a fishy snack.
It wasn’t until guests zoomed their cameras away from the set that the realised that they were actually in the pattern itself – the entire set being a huge Willow Pattern dish, complete with giant chopsticks perched across the rim..
I even made sure I co-ordinated my entire outfit to blend with the background..
The rest of the guests really went all out and the costumes were breathtakingly beautiful. The contrast of the pure blue and white setting, together with the stunning, butterfly-like colours of the guest’s outfits was the most perfect opportunity for some amazing photos.
I was very fortunate and managed to “find” a very rare and valuable Ming dynasty DJ deck for G. Thank goodness he was carefully with his dancing throughout the evening as the decks were totally priceless and irreplaceable, and a mis-placed kick could have been a tragedy 😛
We even had the spirits of Koong-se and Chang floating over us in the form of a pair of white doves..
As the evening drew to a close, and the sun set behind the hills, the guests were treated to a surprise display of hundreds of glowing lanterns which were released to slowly float up into the midnight sky.
Sword spent ages on the night taking about a million photos so he could put together one of his cool stop-motion videos of the event which you can see here:
And here are a few very kind words left in our guest book for this show:
‘Amazing as usual. Congratulations on the fabulous work Anouk. xxx Valdez’
‘Fabulous set and music, Anouk. Thank you so much! Spectacular!’
‘At the Willow Tales event – wonderful set and wonderful music, a true pleasure to be here. –Lewis Luminos’
‘Lovely Party… thank you ありがとう
And finally, with thanks to Lewis, here’s a link to Lewis Luminos’ Flickr album, with some more gorgeous photos: Lewis Luminos Flickr – Willow show
We have a special treat for you this weekend. Our lovely gest DJ, G-Winz will be hosting a themed set, based on the famous oriental Willow Pattern. We have a custom-built set (created by yours truly) to accompany G’s tunes, so don’t miss this one!
The show will be on Saturday 16th August, at 3pm SLT (11pm UK time).
For those of you that don’t know about Willow Pattern, here’s the story…
|The Willow Legend
There was once a Mandarin who had a beautiful daughter, Koong-se. He employed a secretary, Chang who, while he was attending to his master’s accounts, fell in love with Koong-se, much to the anger of the Mandarin, who regarded the secretary as unworthy of his daughter.
|The secretary was banished and a fence constructed around the gardens of the Mandarin’s estate so that Chang could not see his daughter and Koong-se could only walk in the gardens and to the water’s edge.One day a shell fitted with sails containing a poem, and a bead which Koong-se had given to Chang, floated to the water’s edge. Koong-se knew that her lover was not far away.
|She was soon dismayed to learn that she had been betrothed to Ta-jin, a noble warrior Duke. She was full of despair when it was announced that her future husband, the noble Duke, was arriving, bearing a gift of jewels to celebrate his betrothal.
|However, after the banquet, borrowing the robes of a servant, Chang passed through the guests unseen and came to Koong-se’s room. They embraced and vowed to run away together. The Mandarin, the Duke, the guests, and all the servants had drunk so much wine that the couple almost got away without detection, but Koong-se’s father saw her at the last minute and gave chase across the bridge.
|The couple escaped and stayed with the maid that Koong-se’s father had dismissed for conspiring with the lovers. Koong-se had given the casket of jewels to Chang and the Mandarin, who was also a magistrate, swore that he would use the jewels as a pretext to execute Chang when he caught him.
|One night the Mandarin’s spies reported that a man was hiding in a house by the river and the Mandarin’s guards raided the house. But Chang had jumped into the ragging torrent and Koong-se thought that he had drowned.Some days later the guards returned to search the house again. While Koong-se’s maid talked to them, Chang came by boat to the window and took Koong-se away to safety.
|They settled on a distant island, and over the years Chang became famous for his writings. This was to prove his undoing. The Mandarin heard about him and sent guards to destroy him. Chang was put to the sword and Koong-se set fire to the house while she was still inside.
|Thus they both perished and the gods, touched by their love, immortalised them as two doves, eternally flying together in the sky.|
The Willow Pattern story by courtesy of thepotteries.org
Tonight we had the lovely Lorah ‘Golden Girl’ Lahnah DJing in the upper ballroom, with a special James Bond themed evening of tunes. We even managed to find a few props to make Mr Bond feel at home…
Marcel’s Cafe took it’s entire crowd of Caffeine Nights clients on an amazing trip on the Orient Express last week. With DJ G-Winz at the wheel, we were taken on a musical journey through many of the countries visited by the original Orient Express, all with a fabulous chff-chff-chff rhythm to accompany the rocking of the carriages as we passed through each new location.
Here are some pics I took before the show, as Sword and I discuss the journey…
And now, click on the YouTube video to get an actual taste of the journey, with sounds and scenes recorded and compiled by the very talented Mr Sword Starfall!
And finally, here are some very kind words left by our passengers in the Caffeine Nights Guest Book….
‘I’m adoring your work. astonishing, really. congratulations……..Satu.’
- satu Catronis
‘è bellissimo stare con voi! grazie!! it is wonderful to be with you, thanks’
- Stella Anwyl
‘Thanks for having me – what a lovely event! ~ Zoe’
- Zoe Foodiboo
‘Thank you for fulfilling my dream for me! HUGS! Liz!’
- Elizabeth Wallington
‘This place looks lovely :)’
- gustav2005 Resident
‘First time aboard. Very excited!!!’
- Emily Genopeak
‘Love this train and station – the detail is incredible!’
- Rhiannon Colclough
‘lovely time had by all, thx, kalanite’
- kalanite Bluestar
‘Great party Anouk’
- alexiasulamericana Resident:
Following the outstanding success of our first themed show for Caffeine Nights, we’re on a roll and have another great event planned for Saturday 7th of June. We’ll release more details closer to the time, but mark the date in your diaries and make sure you’ll be available! 🙂
On Saturday 3rd of May, Caffeine Nights was proud to open with our first themed show of the season. Some of you who have been members of the old Club Mirage will know that we have done many themed shows over the years, and I am slowly getting round to uploading pics from them to the Past Shows page.
On a train voyage from Milan to Genoa our friends Stella and Fabio passed the time away making a list of their favourite Italian tunes, since we had once considered the idea of an Italian evening. This is mostly the result of their choices put together with the elegant and creative vision of our own Anouk, one of the best set designers in Sl!
Could only result in this amazing evening, to which our Italian friends decided to add some classic and historical figures, making it a mix of romantic Italy and lost Atlantis!
So it was great fun to roll out one of our old sets for our new guests to enjoy. We created a romantic Italian evening in the Colosseum in Roma, where our guests came and danced in the flickering shadows to the beautiful tunes selected by our friends Stella and Fabio and played by our very own DJ, Sword.
Everyone made a fantastic effort with their outfits and we had some very impressive visitors.
We even had our own version of the Trevi fountain, and guests were able to throw in coins to make a wish…
The evening ended with a surprise firework show, and guests being showered with hearts and flowers..
(although earlier in the evening, there had been a brief, un-forecasted flurry of..pizza..?) 😉
Sword has put together a groovy slideshow of the evening so if you want to get a little feel of the music and atmosphere, here it is, and don’t forget to subscribe to his channel for future events! 🙂