Dance Affliction is a concept party, created by four members of the collective that runs Milan’s squat/venue/cultural center MACAO: Arcangelo De Castris, Manuela Gama Malcher, Daniele Guerrini and Francesco Birsa Alessandri (the latter two also co-curating Haunter Records). It draws its name from the 1518 Dancing Plague of Strasbourg, the weirdest recorded case of dancing mania, during which some 400 people were caught by an inexplicable frenzy, many of whom eventually died. Despite its name, Dance Affliction is not just a dance music party: its main focus is intensity, and the conjunction of a diverse range of artistic attitudes, all grouped in by uncompromising and relentless vision, often leading to radical forms of expression. As often with MACAO’s parties, the crowd it attracts is as diverse as it is motivated, ranging from stern technoheads to flamboyant drag queens, from fashion-savy hipsters to crusty political dissidents, combining the inclusive free-for-all spirit of rave culture with a passion for fierce experimentation. All of this, contributes to a vibe unshared by any other venue in Europe. Dance Affliction’s recurrence is highly irregular: as for now the party hasn’t happened more often than twice a year. The squat nature of MACAO allows it to last longer than most parties, in a town where 12-hour raving is only a thing for illegal spaces. Nontheless, more than half of it is
composed of abstract ,mind-boggling live sets: DA invites its audience to seek for groove in abstraction, exhilaration in harshness, harmony in dissonance. Its lineups have always being composed of artists from all throughout Europe (and beyond), researching new talents and aiming to develop unexpected connections while at the same time empowering the local scene. DA has no headliners: artists are all assigned set times according to the specific construction of each party.
Dance Affliction is also about to launch a series of live recordings from its visiting artists, the first of whom is CHRISTOPH DE BABALON’s live set from DA#2, december 2015. The artwork for this release is curated by J.S. AURELIUS (Ascetic House / Mashstepper).
It will be available at the event exclusively until its release date (end of May).