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The UpStairs Lounge

Fri, June 23rd, 2023 at 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

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Mélange Dance Company presents The UpStairs Lounge in NOMA’s Lapis Center for the Arts on June 23, 24, and 25.

This presentation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the deadliest fire in New Orleans history, when an arsonist set fire to the UpStairs Lounge, a popular French Quarter bar and safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community.

Through dance, film, spoken word, and elements of live music, dynamic stories of love and loss in The UpStairs Lounge bring to life the quirky three-room bar with red flocked wallpaper that held church services, presented charitable theatrical productions, and united community in song.

The UpStairs Lounge is a celebration of life and a cautionary tale of internalized homophobia and hate. Mélange Dance Company revisits its inaugural production to illuminate the lives of its patrons, honor its continuing spirit and relevancy, and reflect on the legacy that we must carry on in today’s world.


Online ticket sales end one hour prior to performances. If you wish to purchase tickets less than one hour prior to a show, you will need to do so in person.

$10 rush tickets are available at all non-sold-out performances. Rush tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis 15 minutes prior to show time.

Café NOMA will be open for dinner service until 7:30 pm, and the bar will stay open until showtime at 8 pm.


Fri, June 23rd, 2023
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
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