La Negra is a suspension artist from Buenos Aires. Her emotional and captivating performances will leave you breathless.
Anna and The Annadroids create cutting edge multi-media dance productions supported by surreal video projections and original music. These quirky, robotic, doll-like characters dig up mankind’s deepest fears, desires, and unanswered questions and, like a funhouse mirror, present them to audiences to create a portal in which they can look “in.” Anna and The Annadroids are on a mission provoke independent thought and inspire positive change on a greater scale through dance and other multi-media outlets.
PipeDream is the #1 selling sex toy brand in the world and they’re coming to TRAUMA! Join the immersive experience with their realistic sex dolls and video booth.
ihung works hard to bring safe and clean suspensions and rituals to the world. We’ve been actively involved in the suspension community since July 2001 and really became heavily involved in 2002. Our members are continually learning about the technical and personal sides of suspensions/ritualism, and pride ourselves on being the very best we can. We’ve traveled North America to work with many different suspension groups in order to push our knowledge and further the sense of community.
Kelly is a self-taught, special effects makeup artist and body painter. She started her makeup journey in 2000 doing theatrically based special effects makeup with the Legion of Terror at Bloodview Haunted House in Cleveland Ohio. Kelly has used her talents as a SPFX makeup artist at various other Haunted Houses over the past 20 years. Kelly has now expanded her work to encompass other forms of body art such as flesh hook suspension and rope suspension. Her goal is to create art that makes you explore all sides of yourself. The Light, the Dark, the Sane and the corners of your mind that you don’t dare explore. This year, we present to you Ascension, the sequel to last year’s show Blood Kiss.
Each year the Guilty Pleasures Stage Show performs hundreds of audience-participation driven scenes for the attendees of TRAUMA. Those who volunteer to be consenting and active participants in sadomasochistic activities, as a part of the performance experience, have an opportunity to learn about various kinky forms of play.
The stage show started out as a live and interactive BDSM performance at a Goth industrial night club located in Columbus, Ohio known as Outland, and is purely volunteer driven. To fulfill the show’s core value that “an educated community is a safer community,” the volunteers serve as resources and mentors to promote active-consent based communication and opportunities to share knowledge with other explores of kink activities.
Bondage by Kevin
Rope carefully wrapped around your wrists and chest. The warm hold of the ropes allowing you to defy gravity. The sensual lick of flame across your back. Or maybe the catharsis of fire cupping. Sound interesting? Maybe even a little … enticing? Come find Bondage by Kevin (BBK) and take a taste of something you didn’t even know you were looking for. BBK is celebrating it’s fifteenth year at TRAUMA; a group of rope bondage and fire enthusiasts, we have been practicing our craft for years, and are ready to give you a dose of our community. Come walk on the wild side!
5 piece blues-rock/funk-hop party band, formed in 2015, from Columbus Ohio. Unmatched live energy and enthusiasm.
LethalFX is a professional human beatboxer, looper, and producer, known mostly for his intense stage performance and involvement with the American beatbox community. The 32 year old artist, born Ludovic G. Nicolaidis, has been beatboxing for over 15 years and actively performing since 2009. In January of 2017, LethalFX took first place in the 4th Ohio Beatbox Battle, earning the title “Ohio Beatbox Champion”.
Electro Cult Circus is an offbeat favorite at regional festivals. An ECC show is a total experience; burlesque, comedy, belly dance, soaring instrumentals and a wall of harmonies.
Mythic Moves is a Columbus, OH based theatrical dance troupe with roots in belly dance.
David is a Columbus-based but internationally trained trapeze instructor and performer who specializes in single-point/dance trapeze. As part of his ongoing training, he has worked to build relationships with aerialists from throughout the country to bring new expertise and provocative entertainment to Columbus. After making his TRAUMA debut in 2018 as part of a trio piece with Button le Bouton and Sera Csirányi, this year David will be showcasing an original solo performance. You can find David teaching and training at Movement Activities, in the 400 W Rich complex in Franklinton.
Steven / Carnal_Knowledge runs Building Blocks. Building Blocks is the BDSM education program in Las Vegas. We offer folks a safe place to learn and play. Check us out if you want to explore kinks, fetishes, or alternative lifestyles.
Dakini Rae practices as a Reiki Master Teacher, Tantra Counselor, Red Tent Priestess, and Wortcunner. She rejoices in educating her community in ways to live in harmony with themselves, with others, and with the Earth. She has completed training and initiation in Taoist Supreme Inner Alchemy, Kashmiri Shaivist Tantra, non-violent communication, consent education, Mahamudra Tantra, Usui Reiki, Spanish linguistics, agriculture, chemistry, and Wise Woman Ways. Her passions include sacred sexuality, shamanism, biodynamic farming, and conservation of native medicinal plants & their pollinators.
Lash & Boy Wonder
Denver Colorado based Lash & Boy Wonder have been in the scene since 2010. Lash’s passions of teaching and hardcore BDSM came together in 2016 when he started holding kinky workshops & performances (ranging from BDSM Safety to Rough Body Play and Interrogation scenes). Together, the Master & slave pair travel the U.S. promoting healthy consensual BDSM lifestyles.
Rhythmic illusions fire tribe (RIFT) is a central ohio based fire and glow arts performance troupe specializing in a wide variety of props. Rift has been a part of the columbus community for 6 years.
The Tantalizing Tigers is a group of female performing artists who strive for professionalism. Who strive to inspire lovers of art, to bring wonderment and awe to those who seek it and to strengthen the places we love with beauty, thrills and a sense of transcending to new heights.
Our mission is to strengthen the performing arts scene and to make a difference. We strive to be a beacon of strength and confidence and to inspire all women to be themselves and to be comfortable in their own skin.
Columbus Velvet Hearts! Burlesque troupe
The Velvet Hearts! are one of the premier, long-standing burlesque variety troupes in the “Rust Belt” of the Northeast U.S. Founded in 2008 by Viva Valezz!, her Velvet Hearts! are an impressive group of queer burlesque, drag, and sideshow performers from both Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA and now Cleveland, OH.
I’ve been on tantra path since 2011. I make movies about tantra, teach on festivals and workshops. I do bodywork. I’m organising tantra festival High on Life in Estonia.
For over ten years, Dr. Bumpy and his Sybian have been well-traveled, pleasing the ladies at numerous swing and BDSM events. Dr. Bumpy is always a gentleman and makes riders feel comfortable. Laura is a sex educator and pleasure coach. A student of Betty Dodson and a Bodysex facilitator, Laura specializes in self-love and sexual pleasure. Websites: https://drbumpy.com/ and http://joyfullyorgasmic.com/
Repent all ye unfaithful! Come to the CHVRCH OF TRAVMA to confess your sins and atone for your transgressions. We offer spiritual guidance, sacred rituals, punishment for evildoers, and forgiveness and absolution for those who earn it. Curry favor with the gods this Hallowe’en at CHVRCH OF TRAVMA.
Through my work I try to explore the relationship between the emerging relationship of burlesque and modern dance. The result of this is my own style which has been thought of as “modburlesque”.
Lately, I have begun a personal journey of discovering different areas of dance, and it has translated into images of classic burlesque that resonates with the whimsical essence that defines the sensuality nature of dance.
My mixed burlesque style presently embodies an idiosyncratic view of the familiar imagery which allows for a connection between nature and the goddess within.
The Mighty Troubadours is a collaboration of local performers Chris Swanson, Joey Gardina, Aaron Snyder, Kevin Hagans, and Glenn Rinehart. With a combination of original music and covers, they play a few different styles of bluegrass music. This eclectic mix of styles is unified by the common threads of acoustic settings on mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass. Their soulful harmonies and “grassy” instrumentation encompass a true Americana style. Subbing in for the Trauma performance is our guest bass player Steven Fox. Fox is an iconic musician leading band like The Spikedrivers, Fox and Hounds and Whisky Sneaks. Steve brings his own style to any musical project with his earth shattering low end.
Day of the Dead Community Event
We are discovering the art, craft and cultures of bellydance
by learning, performing and teaching together.
Through our experiences we have come to value:
ARTISTIC COLLABORATION over a single aesthetic
VALUING ALL BODIES over one-size-fits-all
LEARNING CRAFT FROM EACH OTHER over staying in our own lanes
WORKING TOGETHER over competition
That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more.
This West Virginia-based falsetto grunge group will have you humming their grooves/melodies/lyrics long after you wake the next morning, smelling of cigars and Crown Royal, barely able to remember the final shakes of the previous evening.
The Trojan Whores are for those unafraid of death, those completely irreverent in the face of adulthood, and those who experiment with their lives for no particular reason beyond existential boredom.
The award winning Velvet Hearts! are one of the premier long-standing burlesque and variety troupes in the “Rust Belt” of the north east founded in 2008 by Viva Valezz! her Velvet Hearts! are an impressive group of queer burlesque drag and side show performers with troupes in Columbus (founding) Cleveland and Pittsburgh.