The Hosts
In the lobby 4 of the 52 participanse are dressed in whites that can be stained.
The director, producer and the evening’s main host, Robert Wyald, after La décadanse.
Our stencil graffiti logo by Rob Thoms on the stage floor with streaks of water from clean up.
A participanse white dress that was stained.


Immersive, Interactive, Performance Art, Theatre



February 13 and 14, 2015
repeat as necessary



The Flight Deck, Oakland


The night went on until the last breath
Someone swore ’twas a giant, little death
We came, we tasted, we took a royal chance,
From the end to the beginning, all and evermore,
La décadanse

In lieu of typical Valentine’s Day celebrations, you are invited to a participatory performance-art ritual inspired by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s song “La décadanse”. Our ritual, La décadanse is the magnificent and succulent display of richness inside and outside of us. We were called to indulge in the experience with you. Can we give as much to the first as to the last?

No film or cameras are allowed during the ritual so the documentation included here is only spontaneous before and after.


Founder, Director, Producer, Main Host
Robert Wyald


Co-hosts and Co-creators
Rob Thoms, Michael French, Kim Lembo, Sophia Knox-Miller


The Audience


How does La décadanse fit in the context of Valentine’s Day?
“Vday is such a trying to be perfect day, perfect looking, perfect love, etc. starting clean and white and ending up a total mess and revered and crowned in that messiness is such a contradiction to how the inner messages about love and relating are. Love is messy, and when you walk the path of it, you are bound to get tussled. It was also a great metaphor about the abundance of people and love in our lives, and really all we need to do is walk the path and let it come to us.”
-Carin M.


Besides just liking the event (or not), what was your experience?
“My experience was entering a room of beautiful people, feeling welcomed and cared for. Walking in to a gorgeous ritual that honors our regalness and our messiness.”
-Carin M.


Was it significant or meaningful for you? In what way? “Knowing that it would be an interactive show I had some anxiety about feeling put in the spotlight. But the actual experience helped me put aside my fears and totally become a part of something I feel was beautiful.”
-Lauren L.


“It felt like getting in touch with something feral and wild. But also, lovely and sacred – as you held it towards the end.”
-Alex W.


Would you recommend it? or come again? “I’ve been talking about the experience a lot. It has stayed with me for sure. I would definitely recommend it and definitely go again.”
-Lauren L.