The Illuminati Ball was inspired by leaked photos from the infamous Surrealist Party hosted by the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild in 1972. A night of immersive theater, von Buhler describes the play as "a surreal, bourgeois dinner party filled with power struggles, morality tests, and anthropomorphic escapades."
Staying true to its secretive nature, attendees are not allowed to drive themselves to the event. Instead, a limousine bus picks you up on the Upper East Side in New York City and brings you to a massive, waterfront estate outside of the city (the location and owner are to remain secret). For the festivities, attendees dress to the nines (long capes are always welcome). To complete the look, unique masks and hats will be provided.
Attendees are also assigned characters belonging to either the pig, monkey, cow, chicken or mouse family. Each group has a certain mission, certain things they will experience throughout the night, making them part of the story, both as a spectator and actor. Upon arrival, attendees are briefed, masked, and rehearsed, ready for a night of fire performance, opera, aerial silk acts, and esoteric ritual ceremonies.
A Recreation of a 1972 Rothschild Party: