The WGI Color Guard World Championships in Dayton, Ohio are the equivalent of the Super Bowl for the flag-twirling set. On April 18 of this year BAM tagged along with Contemporary Color artists David Byrne, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessing (Lucius), Tom Krell (How To Dress Well), and Merrill Garbus (tUne-yArDs) for a whirlwind 24-hour-immersion in the “sport of the arts.” All photos by Rebecca Greenfield.
Jess and Holly from Lucius meet their team Shenendahowa High School for the first time at a local food court. Camera phones abound:
The first of MANY photo opps:
The team—whose competition performance routine is inspired by Hitchcock films, complete with shower curtains!—hears Lucius’ original composition for them for the first time on their tour bus:
Contemporary Color associate producer—and former guard member—Chris Giarmo and Lucius clown around in the merch tent:
The University of Dayton arena is packed to the rafters with guard fans:
Tom, Merrill, and David are ready for showtime:
An emotional Merrill goes backstage to congratulate her team Emanon after they bring down the house with a futuristic robot-themed routine:
A backstage wall of kisses serves as lipstick-blotter and lucky charm alike:
Merrill gets in on the Emanon action with some (fake!) rifle training:
Contemporary Color mastermind David Byrne is lost in a reverie… perhaps dreaming of the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle—co-commissioned by BAM and Barclays—opening this Saturday!