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TWISTED VILLAGE (The Dance of Love)



Twisted Village is a unique, massively collaborative Fishbon mainstage event that includes theatre, total audience participation, feasting, dancing, music, games, carnival antics, workshops and much more. The event gets its name from the seemingly absurd conflicts and machinations that arise from the quest for love and relationship. It’s Spring after all and what could be a better subject for a Spring event than the dance of love?

Check out the Official Twisted Village Invitation with all the details about the event and how to get into it!


Cast of Characters (click to see a character descriptions)

Costume Ideas (click to view and add ideas for costumes)

Development Crew (click to see information and photos about the process)

Scripts (click to view current scripts)

Twisted Village from Larry Nimmer on Vimeo.

Twisted Village Clip 2 from Larry Nimmer on Vimeo.

Twisted Village Clip #3 from Larry Nimmer on Vimeo.


To be part of the process, join the Twisted Village Group on the Fishbon site: Ask to join and we’ll sign you up. The TV group meets on Tuesday nights at 8pm at one of the two houses. What will it cost? The ticket price is $50 and it includes food and drink, eight special hands-on workshops (costumes, props, dance, stage combat, weapons, myth and ritual, hair and makeup, and music) and extreme creative fun from now until May 22nd. Follow the links below to see the current status of the project. To participate click on this link and request membership in the working group. ALL ARE WELCOME.


There are two clans in the Twisted Village, the TORUS and the CONE. Both have their own mythologies and secrets. When you spin the wheel, you are born into your clan and instantly have brothers and sisters, lovers and friends The principle characters in the Twisted Village play are divided between the clans. A current clan list is revealed on the clan page. Click on the Clan names above to enter the clan realm.



Thursday, April 8th, 7-9pm and Saturday, April 10th, 1-3pm at the Pescadrome

We’ll be holding auditions for the principle speaking roles. This is a very fun piece. so you’ll definitely want to be part of it. There are lots of cool minor roles too (Furies, woodland animals, tarts, nymphs, heroes and villains). Check out the script at:

Court Dance Workshop

Saturday, April 10th, 10am at Jill Littlewood's Studio, 435 E. Pedregosa St.

Learn stately court dance from one of the principle dancers of Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet. The dance will be an interlude between battle scenes in the Twisted Village play.

Weapons Workshop

Friday, April 23rd, 8-11pm at the Pescadrome

We’ll be using foam and nerf materials to build cool and safe weapons for the Twisted battle to rescue the beautiful Maiden Princess Helen from the clutches of the evil and lusty Prince Paris.

Stage Fighting Workshop

Saturday, April 24th, 1-2pm at the Pescadrome

Now that we’ve got cool weapons, it’s time to learn how to use them. J. Khan will be sharing stage fighting techniques and choreographing a battle sequence that could have been in EverQuest II.

Props Workshop

Friday, April 30th, 8-11pm at the Pescadrome

You’ve got to have props (crowns, wings, puppets, vehicles and other cool stuff). We’ll use this workshop to build those special items that make the character. Jill will be orchestrating the prop fest with found materials and cool techniques.

Music Workshop


This event will have all kinds of live music and we’ll want to supplement it with home made instruments and sound effects. Singer and songwriter Shannon leads this one.

Myth and Ritual Workshop

Thursday, May 6th, 7-11pm at the Pescadrome

Twisted Village is not only a fun play with wacky characters, it’s an archetypal journey into the underworld and back that mirrors the trials and joys of love. In this workshop, Dr. Jenessa Nye will lead us on an inner journey to discover our own path of love, with ourselves and lovers past and present.

Costume Workshop

Saturday, May 8th, 1pm-6pm at the Pescadrome

You’ve got to have a costume, so you’ll want to come to this one for material and sewing tips, not to mention fun with the other heroes and villains of the tale in a Twisted costume-a-thon.

Hair and Makeup Workshop

Sunday, May 16th, 4-6pm at the Pescadrome

Mythic tales are a great excuse to try out radical hair and make-up, so check out this afternoon of cosmetic madness. We’ll be experimenting with airbrush, extensions and much more.


The Twisted play is an epic tale of love and conflict based on Homer’s Iliad and the myth of Demeter and Persephone written by screenwriter J. Khan. It has 12 principle speaking parts and lots of cameos and supporting roles. The rest of the participants are villagers who receive characters, attributes and special prop ideas when they spin the magic wheel to sign up for the event


The event will take place at two Pedregosa Street homes and the 2 city blocks in between. Beginning at 435 E. Pedregosa and moving from there in procession to 1900 Garden Street (corner of Garden and Pedregosa), the play will be divided into two segments with dancing an hijinks afterward.


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Mission and Purpose

Fishbon’s Purpose:
Fishbon's purpose is to provide a forum, education and support for creative collaboration, mentorship and the visceral experience of visual, aural and performance-based art.  It is also to provide exhibition media for the artists and their art forms.

Fishbon’s Mission:
Fishbon's mission is to encourage collaboration between artists, technologists, writers, designers, performers and participants to create unique, real-time, compelling aesthetic experiences that speak to contemporary audiences.  Fishbon believes the synergy (sharings of perspectives and skills) made possible in a collaborative space creates a unique and special context for art.  By providing context, physical infrastructure, tools, mentoring support and encouragement for creative collaboration, Fishbon is an experiential incubator for emerging cooperative working models.  Much more about the process experience than final product, Fishbon creates a diverse "interactive" learning community that would be difficult to achieve in isolated individual working environments.

Fishbon is a 501 (c) (3) arts organization


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