I haven’t written a blog in far too long, for the usual reasons, I suck at it. BUTT, I don’t suck at keeping myself occupied in many other aspects of my life. I had the pleasure of just finishing up a 5 show run for the Vancouver Fringe Festival with the magnificent collaborative efforts and brains of Pandora and the Locksmiths, Kitty Nights West and Burgundy Brixx‘s production of “Gypsy Rose Lee at Minsky’s Burlesque!” We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out in those classy old Cultch theatre seats! Thank you to every one who came and supported the “booby ballet and mammary manipulations,” it was such a treat! I will admit that I am learning to jump a bit more outside my comfy bubble and getting more confident with my abilities as a silly actress, and singer – errrr ok maybe not the singing part.
Speaking of Pandora and the Locksmiths, we just celebrated THREE years together as an amazing collective! I couldn’t be MORE proud to call myself a member. So many talented musicians, artists, dancers, and singers all together creating such mind blowing work every month for the last 37 shows! The room was filled with such love and support, especially seeing some other key members of the burlesque community whom I look up to and have supported and taught me from the very beginning. A special thanks to Guilt and Co for being an amazing and supportive venue, and Jody Bowen for her crazy hard work and beautifully sparkly vision.
I am also proud to announce that I was accepted into the 11th annual New York Burlesque Festival! While I am so proud to be a part of it, I am still a little in a state of shock, holding myself back from responding to the email with “ummm, are you sure you got the right girl?” as I awkwardly glance behind me looking for another sparkly goddess I could be mistaken for. But the first step to becoming stronger and better at what I do, is accepting that I am worth it. And that I shall do. HERE I COME NEW YORK!
I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been asked to perform my “Galactic-bitch” solo at this years Vancouver International Burlesque Festival May 2-4th! I am so excited to have, yet another, love affair with the sexy and historical stage of Vancouvers own Vogue Theatre.
Another production I am pleased to be a part of as well, is an amazing collaboration of creative forces between our very own Pandora and the Locksmiths, and the world renowned Kitty Nights West Vancouver! Both brought together by the amazing Burgundy Brixx! This will be showcasing the amazing legendary life of Gypsy Rose Lee and her life working at Minsky’s Burlesque during the golden age of burlesque!
Well hello sass-cats! Here’s where I will be for the next month! Catch me performing all over the city of Vancouver with all kinds of amazing local performers, belly dancers, magicians and tassel twirlers!
March 14 – @ the Cobalt for “Nautical by Nature” -Join a King, a Queen and some Burlesque Babes for some rum drinkin’ and serious rump shakin’…
March 15 – “G-String fling” @ the Electric Owl -Presented by the Vancouver international burlesque festival, fundraiser and a debut of all the newest and hottest local burly Q girls!
March 16 – TBA in Whistler for the Electro Swing Canada productions
I just want to mention, perhaps again, but never enough…. how much I love this collective I have the privilege of working with….. known as Pandora and the locksmiths live jazz burlesque! There is over 16 of us all working hard monthly to produce the most solid, kick ass, sexy and sassy production for our audience. Showcasing our talents from everything to tassel twirling, belly dancing, sword swallowing, soulful vocals, international guest stars, the occasional magician, and our straight up glamourous, over sparkled sexy selves……… ALL performed with a live five piece jazz band! Folks, this is the event I invite my family and friends to MONTHLY (since we do it monthly), but if I can invite my 81 year old grandmother to watch me perform here (and she loved it), then there is no reason to miss it!
If you want to keep updated on our monthly show dates, other events (or just plain want to hire us for an event) then this is the place to keep posted, our blog! We do monthly blogs with highlights from the previous shows, including the hand selected pictures from our private photographers of all our saucy ladies (and gents).
Today, on this slightly overcast fall day, I find myself thinking about all the changes that this season is bringing me. Some less than good, some amazing. September has been a personally challenging month for me so far. But the sun is shining bright and strong, and I guess that’s what seasonal changes are for, renewal. And reflecting on things that we are thankful for.
Now that this shift is bringing us into the busier time for the thriving Vancouver burlesque scene, I am excited to announce I am concocting a new routine that I am pleased to be working on the costume with my lovely friend Tucky Aalto. Now, I normally go through the amazing “Messica Demolition” designer and fabricator of fine threads, so this is out of my comfort zone and into the exciting unknown! I have decided to dive into the depths of space this time 😉 I apparently I have an appetite for something out of this world! (Voracious Vortex, Voracious Venus…. Etc.)
Speaking of change, what better way to ring in the new fall season with a birthday?! Yes, mine. Celebrate this time of change, a new year to look forward to sharing. Debuting my new routine October 9th @ Guilt and Company’s“Fall in love again” event for our monthly show withPandora and the Locksmiths! Every 2nd Tuesday of the month! I also share with you my date of birth (actually Oct 8th, but I like to milk this for all it’s worth).
Come down and enjoy all the amazing performers such as our resident fiery red head Burgundy Brixx, our singing stripsation Nicky Ninedoors! And one of burlesque Vancouver’s newest and hottest tall slender brunette’s… August Wilde! And lest we forget our guest of honour, the beautifully classic auburn bombshell…. Miss Via Rose!
I am so excited to ring in a new year (for me) of performing with all of these amazingly hot and talented ladies! Along side the talents of the band The Locksmiths ❤
I would like to start by saying that I don’t do a lot of blog entries due to the fact that I am merely inexperienced with the networking land that is blogs/twitters…etc. And not to mention the fact that my grammar is le horrible! However, it does make my entries very colorful if I like the squiggly red lines under all my words! BUT, I think if most will “bare” with me, I am going to try and make more of an effort.
I have been feeling a little uninspired in my burlesque-ing as summer has hit Vancouver. I have been more in the dream land of country sides, camping and growing plants that provide me with sweet supple treats to eat. But every time I dip back into watching a video of someone I look up to, or going to a show filled with my favorite people, that little fire that usually sits in my belly for creating sexy, becomes aflame again. I feel like my heart and stomach are guiding me towards creating a new routine.
So what inspires me? And why do I have momentary pauses of inspiration? Because I believe that I have high expectations for my ideas, and trying to be “original,” when that is hardly reachable. What I need to do is just be me, feeding on past experiences and connecting with an idea that I feel very personally about. I think that I enjoy so many performers that are expressing their minds, emotions, experiences and dreams through their body as an art. This inspires me. Telling a story, or being taken along a story is very effective. This inspires me.
Not to mention listening to my “Perform this one day” playlist of songs I “plan” on doing one day 😉 Which I need more inspiring songs and would like to know where to search the interwebs for artists I may like. I will take any suggestions you may have as well!
Perhaps I only did this blog entry purely for selfish gain….. perhaps needing to be held accountable for my own creative laziness at the moment. I guess it’s just a friendly reminder to myself and to you to not be discouraged by fluctuating creativity levels. And to always be up on your networking networks n stuff. For networking purposes.