I've been rehearsing for a new show. Wanna hear a tiny bit about it? Good!
For those of you who don't know the awesomeness that is Niki Luparelli- she is a fabulous, singer, host, comedian, and star of the stage! There isn't much this woman can't do-- and she does it kind of drunk...in heels!
Last year I performed in Oh! You Pretty Things: A David Bowie Burlesque Show. I did two numbers: "Sorrow " and "Rock N' Roll Suicide." Two great Bowie songs!
It's such a treat to dance with a band.
When working with a live band, I first feel a real sense of nerves. The song isn't played in the exact way that I'm accustomed to and I'm at the whim of the musicians. I also feel a lot more pressure not to mess up. I want to make everyone else look good!
Secondly, and luckily, it feels very freeing. There is room to improvise, space to feel the music and not be so focused on nailing pre-planned choreography. In some ways it's a lot easier to embody the song, to be really present. It also helps that Niki and her band are a blast to dance to.
This month's show is a Led Zeppelin tribute show! I'm sharing the stage with former Babes in Boinkland (now the Lipstick Criminals) Malice in Wonderland, Zoso Larose, and my friend Bettysioux Tailor. Also appearing are, Geek Girl's Fonda Feeling and my dear friend (and one of my burlesque mentors) Jane Doe!
I'll be dancing to two Zeppelin classics performed by Niki Luparelli & The Misty Mountaintops. I'm not going to tell you which ones. (THEY ARE SO AWESOME!!)
Get your tickets HERE.
Oh! But don't go just yet!
As a bit of a teaser, here's a (not great quality) video of me dancing to David Bowie's song "Sorrow" at Niki's last show. I look kind of like a glowing ghost, which pleases me. For that part when I disappear from the camera's view...pretend I'm doing something awesome, like backflips.
ALSO: This is the first time I ever wore a merkin on stage. SAYYY WHATTT? Yeah, Dudes. Even though I know burlesque is for ALL bodies, I had this dumb idea that I didn't have the body to rock a merkin. Guess what...
I fucking do.
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