Despite cold rain and gusty winds, the Pacific Grove Art Center was packed full of artistic energy for the second, and final, night of Dusk, a fashion show providing commentary on consent and violence.
Dusk was the brainchild of three Monterey Peninsula artists: fashion designer Domini Anne, DJ and artist Hanif Panni and composer Mark Governor. It features an original score from Panni and live music during the show, which features exclusively women in 23 outfits created by Anne.
The two-act show was a direct commentary about consent between partners and inspired, in part, by the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“If you got on social media, you could feel this palpable emotion that was going through everyone re-examining their past and how they behaved—both men and women,” Anne said in a previous interview with the Weekly.
The story in Dusk follows a character, White Stag, as she experiences a brutal assault that break her down, then chronicles her rebirth, accepting the inevitability death, but finding wholeness and her full sense of self. On stage, this played out through models prancing in wispy, colorful outfits while Panni spun hypnotic music. During other acts, local musicians, like Ace de la Vergne and Monika Spruch, sang solo pieces.