Austrian Suits and Masks for Sale in LA

Our visiting friends from the Moor Troupe from Maishofen, Austria, are interested in selling some of their masks and suits to avoid paying the costs of bringing them back.  If you have ever considered buying authentic costume elements from Europe, this would be an opportunity not only to purchase them without paying the exorbitant transatlantic shipping costs, but to see them in person before buying.  Come to the Krampuslauf, Thursday, December 10, if interested, and ask one of our Krampus wranglers to introduce you to Al or Mike.  As the troupe would like to sell them before returning, prices are lower than normal for authentic gear, even for used items.  Having the cash on hand at the event may get you an additional discount.  If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to mail us.

Animal hide suit — $370. Carved wooden mask with plastic horns — $580

Animal hide suit $370. Carved wooden mask with plastic horns  $580

Goat hide suit.  $380

Goat hide suit. $380

Wooden mask, real cow horns $550

Wooden mask, real cow horns $550

Rare aluminum mask with real goat horns $1000

Rare aluminum mask with real goat horns $1000

Wooden mask $530

Wooden mask $530

Other masks, suits, belts, or flails may also be available.  Here’s what the Moorpass will be wearing at the Krampuslauf, some of which may be able to talk them out of bringing back.

That “Krampus” Movie

For months, we have been getting questions about Universal’s horror-comedy Krampus that was finally released Thursday.  Though the production has helped raise a general awareness of the name, “Krampus,” American understanding of the figure will only be clouded by the muddled mythology it creates for the figure.

Eager for the public to understand how  the film diverges from the traditional folklore, I wrote an article for the website Boing Boing, where I summarize:

The simplest thing I can say about the film’s authenticity, is what I wrote post-screening to Universal publicists declining my intended involvement in their promotions. I wrote: “I thought there would be a Krampus in the movie.”

Reimagining the folklore does not in this case breathe exciting new life into the production.  For the full story, please see the original article on Boing Boing.

Krampus Ball Sold Out, More Events Coming

Thanks to everyone who purchased advance tickets, the Krampus Ball is now sold out.  Unfortunately, there will be no walk-up tickets available at the door.  However, there are three more Krampusfest events this year:  The Krampuslauf Thursday, December 10, Krampus at Alpine Village, Saturday, December 12, and the Traditional Krampus Play and Films, Sunday, December 13.  As all Krampusfest events traditionally sell out, some quite far in advance, we strongly recommend advance ticket purchase to avoid disappointment.  The Traditional Krampus Play and Films is exclusively advance tickets.  The Krampuslauf is free and unticketed.

Krampus Ball this Saturday, Dec. 5

postcard-4inx6in-h-frontSATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015.

ADVANCE TICKETS QUICKLY SELLING OUT.  VERY LIMITED WALK-UP PURCHASE MAY BE AVAILABLE.

Held once again in our chalet-style venue in Highland Park, the Krampus Ball, is the scariest costume party this side of the Alps. Tonight it falls on Krampusnacht, the night the devils are summoned by St. Nicholas from their secret cave on Mount Lee, and marched toward Highland Park where the naughty and nice are assembled for judgment. Tradition says we dress to the “neins” for this night of reckoning, so we encourage whatever Krampus couture’s within your budget — lederhosen or dirndl, some Victorian fanciness, or just some sprigs of pagan holly – it’s up to you. While we await St. Nick’s judgment, we’ll pass the time with entertainment including classic German tales of errant children musically and theatrically interpreted by cabaret artist Christina Linhardt and vaudevillian “Tuba” Heatherton. You’ll have a chance to embrace your inner Bavarian as GTEV D’Oberlandler returns with their folkloric Schuhplattler dances, 10-foot alphorns, accordions, and tuned cowbells. Linda Herman and the Raving Polka roll out the barrel, and get your oompah running. Things get truly witchy when Tatzelwurm takes the stage. Performing in horns and hides and smelling faintly of the Black Death, this experimental neofolk ensemble makes the sort of music Odin puts on mixtapes for his Valkyries. There will also be the diabolically pleasing shimmying of Miss Krampest Storm, treats and blessings from St. Nicholas, and other surprises, the most terrifying being the arrival of the Krampus Los Angeles Troupe. When you hear that clatter of bells outside, you’ll wish you’d been good; nearly two dozen fantastically outfitted Krampusses and related demons are about to storm in, sweeping everyone into a furry maelstrom of horns and flicking switches.

Highland Park Ebell Club 131 S Ave 57 Los Angeles, CA 90042, Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm-12am, $20 (Advance tickets strongly recommended; this event sells out early every year.)

2013 Krampus Ball 2013 photos.  2014 Krampus Ball 2014 photos.

RSVP on Facebook. See who’s going.

Traditional Krampus-Nicholas Play Returns

Back by popular demand, we’ll again present an English-language production of an authentic 19th-century Alpine “Nicholas play,” style of folk play presented on St. Nicholas day featuring the Krampus (and believed to be an original source of the tradition).  In 2014 UNESCO recognized the “Nicholas play” (Nikolausspiel) as an element of Austria’s “intangible cultural heritage,” or in the parlance of the UN, a “Human Treasure.”  Our December 13 Los Angeles presentation is a composite of several village plays, incorporating not only the Krampus and Nicholas, but also a juicy tirade by the Prince of Hell, the “Lucifer Sermon,” usually presented as a standalone act, as well as “Death and the Youth” featuring an exceedingly clueless young man stalked by a remorseless Reaper. Below are photos from the 2014 production set in the Gothic revival Church of the Angels, our venue again in 2015.  More info on the play and tickets here.