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The Lucent Dossier Experience, an avant-garde circus arts troupe, is shown in an April 14 performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A Lucent Dossier Experience performer does some mystical work at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Lucent Dossier Experience performers give the crowd at the Coachella festival something to think about.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A performer from the Lucent Dossier Experience, an avant-garde circus arts troupe, does some gymnastics on April 14 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

The Lucent Dossier Experience performs at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Lucent Dossier, an avant-garde circus arts troupe, in performance April 14, the second night of the Coachella festival's first weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Lucent Dossier, an avant-garde circus arts troupe, performs the second night of the Coachella festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A bewigged member of the Lucent Dossier Experience gazes into the ether on April 13, the opening night of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

A Lucent Dossier Experience performer strikes a pose on April 14, the second night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Lucent Dossier Experience performers incorporate flaming torches into their act at the Coachella festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

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Lucent Dossier Experience

Imagine if Cirque du Soleil embraced an underworld where abundant sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll reigned. That’s a good way to bottle up the Lucent Dossier Experience on stage.

As a trapeze artist twisted through a steel half-moon hoisted up above the stage to the beat of a thrashing dub-step number, a wide-eyed Coachella festivalgoer, mouth agape, stopped in his path and yelled, “What the … is this?” to his friends. A question that wasn’t really answered.

The high-concept circus felt like a musical set against some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland — apropos considering the desert backdrop — as a Björk-esque vocalist weaved wordless riffs through onstage vignettes that featured aerial artists, dancers and a fire-eating fellow dressed like a punk-rock alien,  whatever that actually might look like.

As an aerialist soared into the air tangled in silk, with dancers dressed like deformed creatures bopping their heads and wiggling their extended fingers to the rocking electronic sounds, you couldn’t help but affirm the overused cliché — the freaks do come out at night.

Read Blog post: Coachella 2012: The Do Lab gets freaky at night

For more photos of performers and festival-goers click here and for a virtual 360° tour click here.

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