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DARK MARCHEN SHOW @ ALAMODE NIGHT GOTH CLUB: IRONICAL OPERA SCREAM THEATER.

Rococo wigs, scary Victorian costumes and stage outfits. Dark Marchen show: Rose de Refucil and Guiggles neo-Victorian spooky theater performance. Alamode Night, featuring Pudding Alamode, D's Valentine, Dj Chihiro, at StudioCute326 in Tamachi, Tokyo, Japan.

I was spellbound by The Dark Marchen long before I arrived in Tokyo, having watched YouTube videos of the troupe’s performances and poked around their labyrinthine website. As I previously wrote, “The players draw you into a fin-de-siecle salon frequented by a monocled rabbit and a mute with her face wrapped in gauze. A scream, an old show booth, an old circus and a secret club are all parts of this whole…”

Dark Marchen show: Rose de Refucil and Guiggles neo-Victorian spooky theater performance. Alamode Night, featuring Pudding Alamode, D's Valentine, Dj Chihiro, at StudioCute326 in Tamachi, Tokyo, Japan.

Rose de Refucil and Guiggles stepped out of their dollhouse coffins for last Sunday’s Alamode Night at StudioCube326 in Tamachi. Rooster-haired Candiman (who is from Vancouver, like me! ) dragged around incompetent Dame-Ballerina and mutilated a parrot. I fell in love with the glasses-wearing otaku-pierrot who spent the entire night shuffling his giant feet, but put on a rabbit head and giant clock for the performance. King (a gourmet chef by day) turned into a dystopic dandy with a waxed moustache and winged top hat. Halfway through, he broke off one of his platform heels, but managed to keep on strutting!

Goth 80s outfit with silver headband, cute furry cat scarf on La Carmina. Alamode Night, featuring Pudding Alamode, D's Valentine, Dj Chihiro, at StudioCute326 in Tamachi, Tokyo, Japan.

My aerobics-Gothic outfit is undoubtedly influenced by the 80s Jazzercise videos I’ve been watching on YouTube. The purple eyelashes are from Okadaya.

Japanese goth girls at party, cute Gothic Lolita hats and Victorian dresses. Alamode Night club event, featuring Pudding Alamode, D's Valentine, Dj Chihiro, at StudioCute326 in Tamachi, Tokyo, Japan.

As usual, Alamode Night drew a friendly crowd of Goths and Lolitas. Trashtastika, a regular reader of my blog from Australia, tried on King’s hat and mugged with event organizer D’s Valentine (bottom right).

Gothic Lolita fashion show in Japan. Circus, acrobat and clown costumes for Halloween runway show and dance performance. Alamode Night, featuring Pudding Alamode, D's Valentine, Dj Chihiro, at StudioCute326 in Tamachi, Tokyo, Japan.

The night also featured a fashion show from Pays-Des-Fees. (I believe this is meant to be French for “land of the fairies” – and not a sign of a good credit rating.) Like Emily Temple Cute, the clothes mixed 1950s/Lolita and used more casual fabrics and prints. Acrobats, clowns, and ballerinas pranced behind the models.

Cute Japanese girl singers, Noro and gothic lolita performers. Alamode Night, featuring Pudding Alamode, D's Valentine, Dj Chihiro, at StudioCute326 in Tamachi, Tokyo, Japan.

The earlier performers were all looks and no substance. Noro (left) sang pop candy to a bare room, and Pudding Alamode (center, right) grated the hell out of me. Sure, the girls are cute and stylish – but their performance was worse than your average karaoke. Punk Lolita on the right was undeniably off-key, and when she forgot the words to a song, she covered her head and mumbled. In between, Pudding Alamode engaged in cutesy talk and made sure to bend over for the old men in the audience (who fled right after their set). Some things are better in Japan; some things are worse…

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