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Fri, Jun 14, 2024 7:00pm–7:30pm

Ouroboros, Act 3: Runway Show — Featuring Machine Dazzle and Thornetta Davis

Fri, Jun 14, 2024
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Apse

A sparkling kaleidoscope of artistic vision! A one-of-a-kind explosion of Queer maximalism you won’t want to miss! Wearable sculptures made of trash!

Experience an electrifying fusion of sculpture, couture, and movement at the Ouroboros Runway Show. Featuring 12 extravagant wearables designed by Machine Dazzle, this performance will set the stage for Act 3 of Machine Dazzle: Ouroboros at UMMA. 

Witness the spectacle as Detroit’s very own Queen of Blues, Thornetta Davis, sets the tone with her soul-stirring melodies. This is more than a runway show; it’s an artistic rebellion, a bold reimagining of life, death, and the cycles in between. Make this part of your Pride Month itinerary and come celebrate the final act of Ouroboros.

Performances at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. Stop by and take in the sights and sounds before heading to the opening night of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. 

Free and open to the public. No tickets or advance registration required. Queer maximalist lewks are welcome!

Run time: approximately 20 minutes.  

Photo of Machine Dazzle by Amy Touchette

About Machine Dazzle

Machine Dazzle is the 2024 Roman J. Witt Artist In Residence. For nearly two decades, Machine Dazzle has been producing spectacular costumes, sets, and performances that transfix audiences with a maximalist kaleidoscope. Machine is the recipient of 2023-24 Roman J. Witt Residency, and has been commissioned by UMMA and Stamps to create his first major museum commission, a new sculptural installation called Machine Dazzle: Ouroboros. The sculpture will evolve over three chapters from March through July 2024, and use trash recovered from local waterways as its primary material to contemplate our own extravagant cycles of life, death, waste, and rebirth.

About Thornetta Davis

Thornetta Davis is a 2024 Blues Foundation Blues Music Award Nominee for Soul Blues Female Artist and 2023’s reigning winner in the category. She has won over 30 Detroit Music Awards and electrified audiences on a global scale, from Italy to Australia and all around the world in between. She is currently supporting her latest CD Honest Woman, a stunning blues burner shot through with funk, rock, soul, and gospel. The album is a reflection of Davis’ musically vigorous life and spotlights her no-nonsense approach and contemporary take on blues. Davis will also be performing the 9pm set for opening day of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.