Last week I experienced some bullshit! Someone said something shitty about my body. To put the rotten cherry on my shit sundae I experienced a bunch of awful street harassment. Those experiences were putting me in a bad place mentally. But seriously, fuck that! I decided to count some blessings:
1) Mary Widow once told me how she saw me through a window as I was walking by, and was like "Those are some Ginny Nightshade thighs!" Like that is some kind of superpower. I love it.
Sometimes my life is so full of support and positivity I almost forget that I often exist in a space where people feel like it's necessary to put me down by commenting on my body.
When someone says something awful to me, objectifying me, making me feel like I am less than; I flash to the memory, of my "Ginny Nightshade thighs," and thank my lucky stars that I'm surrounded by so much body positivity and so many amazing, strong, women!
2) Allix Mortis and I had a Gchat conversation about someone who, at a show, told me they found it inspiring to watch me perform because of my body type, specifically my belly:
(this is a chat conversation- hence the weird spacing etc.)
"Being called inspiring is important because it means that you're helping someone break out of their shell, but you're also helping them get over and reprogram all those things they've been told and socialized to think about bodies- Their own, other women's - it's a small step, but it's pretty revolutionary when you think about it."
3) Last week I was having a panic attack about an event that I'm planning. I cried about sandwiches. That is a thing that actually happened and that is nuts! Sandwiches are happiness! After Slaughterhouse Sweethearts rehearsal I vented to Belle Gunz and Fem Bones who not only rallied around me, but also offered to help me plan. They both looked at me and said "Um. Duh, of course we will help!" and I just about exploded with happiness/relief/love for sandwiches.
I'm such a lucky, super-thighed, friend-filled, lady! #bellypower
It's almost summer time and things have been heating up in the Boston burlesque scene.
This last weekend was jam packed with shows. On Friday I participated in the Bizarro Ball: A Fundraiser for Alternatease 2014.
Alternatease is a Neo-Burlesque festival and this will be its second year. Last year I was the administrative assistant and got to perform with The Glitterbombs in the opening show.
This year I applied and was accepted to perform in the TA-TA's which is the the Alterna-TEASE Awards Spectacular (Friday Night, August 15.) It's not a typical awards ceremony in that the awards are tailor made. It was an amazing show last year, and I'm preparing to BRING IT to this year's show.
Jonathan Beckley took these badass photos of my Wolf in Peep's Clothing performance on Friday night:
Saturday night I got to perform in The Old School Game Show's John Hughes-A-Palooza and it was rad!
I was a Cubic Zirconia Dancer and had my first speaking part as the Mother of the Studio Audience. I got to send the Studio Audience to prom! It was hilarious and such a fun show.
One of our numbers was an 80's medley and included, not only the dance montage from The Breakfast Club, but also this epic move stolen from Say Anything:
The theater was decked out for prom and included a photo area manned by awesome photographer Laura Hajar
You can check out more photos from the show: HERE
Sunday night I attended MASCULINITEASE: A Burlesque with Balls. The show is put on by Sirlesque, Boston's boylesque troupe.
I smiled and cheered so much my face hurt. There were fantastic special guests: Allix Mortis, Fem Bones, Maggie Maraschino, Gypsy Lux, Rogue Burlesque, and more! They added some badass lady-ness to the show.
Belle Gunz and I decided to dress in drag for the show and we looked so friggin handsome. It was the flattest my chest has been since 5th grade and pretty goddamn liberating. I think my drag persona will be making more appearances in the future.
My favorite number was Allix Mortis's. She did a powerful piece about the verbal abuse she's faced by depicting the words on a projection screen. It was tough to read and intense to watch her build more and more tension on the stage. She reclaimed some of those words so that they became words of power, and she honored #YesAllWomen. She got a standing ovation and brought tears to my eyes. It was a fantastic piece.
The finale of the show moved me in a different way.... jumping out of my seat because the dudes from Sirlesque did a tribute to the The Backstreet Boys that had my 90's-child-self losing my shit!
*Fun Fact: I'm fucking color blind and no one noticed my facial hair was purple until I left my apartment. It's an unintentional homage to Prince! *
As for when you can see me next:
REVENGE OF THE ROBOT BATTLE NUNS!
Guys, this show is going to be INSANE.
We've been in rehearsal for months, we've been toiling, we've been costuming, we've been finding the perfect mixture of ingredients to create the most realistic looking vomit....don't fucking miss this!
This weekend was a busy one!
On Friday I had the honor of dancing a duet with my dear friend Maggie Maraschino to the live music of Walter Sikert & The Army of Broken Toys. I've been going to Toys shows for years. Before I started doing burlesque I was dancing like a happy fool in the audience of their shows. It's pretty surreal to be dancing on their stage and it's really fucking fun. The energy at this weekends show was so full of love and watching the crowd sing along as I danced was something I'll never forget.
Maggie and I have been dancing together for almost the entirety of my burlesque career. She and Porcelain Dalya, (another light in my life), put me in one of their shows when I was a brand new performer and really took a chance on me. I'm happy to say that we've been performing together ever since. I was in a fucking AMAZING number choreographed by Maggie in the Glitter Bomb's production, Strip Hop Hooray:
This girl can dance! I know I mentioned in my last blog that dancing with a live band can be full of surprises. When the song was played slightly differently then we rehearsed, Maggie and I were able to improvise, work together, and add to our piece, without even speaking. Then we finished up the piece like this:
Guys, can we talk about how sexy these photos are? I can't even get over us. Because usually when we are rehearsing we look more like this:
I'm very fortunate in that I get to work alongside people I really admire. The second show I had this weekend was Bon Appetit's Pastie Punch Out. A professional burlesque competition with an all-star lineup that I'm humbled to say included me. I did my werewolf number which is my favorite number to perform. Because I've been performing it for a while I decided to overhaul my costume and invest a little bit more in the number that I've performed at the most gigs. I embellished and built myself a new bra and skirt and they worked perfectly. As always, the Bon Appetit show was a blast and I got to meet several performers I'd never met before. There was a strong Boston contingent at the competition: Allix Mortis, Femme Brulee, Jane Doe, Lolli Hoops, and the 2nd place winner of the competition, Brandy Wine! Along with the fabulous Boston performers were, Vanil Lafrappe, Vivienne LaFlamme (3rd Place), Fruit on the Bottom, Serendipity Galore (1st Place), Heather Whatever, and Velvet Kensington. Every single performer brought their A-game and it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. I laughed! I cried (only because Allix Mortis is so badass) and I got to hang out with a bunch of gorgeous, talented, women.
Last but not least!
This weekend I posed for Dr. Sketchy's Boston Presents: The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts. Hosted by Allix Mortis and filled with talented artists, this month's Dr. Sketchy's was a blast. I modeled alongside The Wizaard, The Slaughterhouse Sweetheart's only male member. We had a hard time holding a straight face while posing and shared lots of stories and laughs with the artists. Allix was a great host who moved things along and kept us talking while we posed. This was my third time posing for Dr. Sketchy's and I felt so comfortable. Holding a pose for 20 minutes can be hard but I've gotten much more at ease and have started to feel a real sense of calm while posing.
Coming up this week I'll be performing at Punk Rockin' & Pastie Poppin' Lewd Luau and then will be taking a break (mostly) for the rest of the month to work on the upcoming Slaughterhouse Sweethearts show Revenge of the Robot Battle Nuns. This will be the 3rd year running of the show and I aim to do it proud as a new cast member. If you're going to see one of our shows this year then this is the one to see. Just make sure to bring a poncho, things are going to get messy.
Be sure to check my event calendar for more upcoming shows! I'm going to be a busy girl in the coming months!
This last weekend was a busy one! Starting on Thursday night I had three shows lined up for the weekend and it was the best!
The first show was CHEAPSEATS which is a DIY show put on by Erich Haygun at the YMCA in Cambridge, MA. Erich has a beautiful philosophy about building a supportive community of different types of artists who can all come together in one show. It's a good place to experiment. It was definitely the quietest crowd I'd ever performed burlesque for. I think seeing burlesque was a new experience for a lot of people in the audience. Either that or they weren't into seeing my butt which just can't be true! I mean come on guys, butts!
The second show of the weekend was A Dark Knight in the Asylum which is the Batman themed burlesque show that my troupe The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts created. The show, at Oberon in Harvard Square, sold out two weeks before the opening! The costumes and makeup alone were enough to impress anyone. I had to share a dressing room with Killer Croc (played by Willie Dumey) and it was terrifying. I like to think I don't scare easily, but damn! Some of the costumes in the show were truly frightening!
The plot of the show was that Commissioner Gordon, played by Dale Stones visits Arkham Asylum to check up on the villains that had once plagued Gotham. Dr. Arkham, played by THE WIZARD, walks him around the asylum introducing the audience to all the villains until all hell breaks loose and Joker, played by Complete Destruction, reigns as king of chaos!
There were so many amazing numbers in the show!
These were some of my favorites:
A bunch of my Muggle friends came out to support me in my debut as a Slaughterhouse Sweetheart. They bought out 2 tables in the front row and cheered like lunatics whenever I was on stage. (they are awesome) Afterward, we all went out to my favorite bar and drank all of the wine.
Now, I have a confession.... I ended up singing karaoke with Gypsy Lux to Honky Tonk Badonkadonk. (Thank god no one recorded it!) In all honesty I think I sang four songs which is a true testament to how much "fun" I was having. Despite being such a ham, the idea of singing karaoke is my idea of hell...although I'm pretty sure I rocked Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself for Loving You" #letsbehonest
After the karaoke some of us headed over to The Slaughterhouse...there is a lot of photographic evidence of this but most of it is locked in the vaults.
The coolest thing about this weekend of shows was that so many people I don't get to see that often braved the cold to come see me perform. My liver paid for it but my cold little heart swelled with all the love I got from my friends.
And with that I leave you until later when I'll recap the third show of the weekend: Geek Girl Boston Presents: BIG IN JAPAN!
Here's a selfie of me looking (and feeling) extremely hungover to tide you over until then!
There are a bunch of reasons why I decided to begin doing burlesque and 'The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts' are one of them. They are Boston's Horror Burlesque troupe and their shows are amazing. The costumes, the production value, the creepiness! Each show is a unique sight to be seen and is totally up my alley- my dark scary alley full of monsters with glowing eyes and razor sharp teeth.
I was lucky enough to dance alongside some of the veteran members and get to know them- and then the best thing ever happened....They asked me to join!
Last month The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts announced their newest members: Karin Webb, Allix Mortis, and me!!
My first show as a Slaughterhouse Sweetheart is A Dark Knight in the Asylum which is an immersive show about the Batman villains. Tickets are almost sold out and this show is going to be positively villainous. We've been working really hard and doing tons of research. Some of the costumes are terrifying even in rehearsal!
This weekend, while celebrating Femme Bones's birthday, we re-watched the Batman movies and got up to all kinds of weirdness: Femme Bones shaved Complete Destruction's head, Landis Darling did my devil makeup while sitting in a bathtub with her clothes on, I drank a bunch of wine (OK that's not weird at all, I love wine, mmmm wine)
There are a bunch of guest artists from other Boston troupes like Dewie Decimator from Rogue Burlesque and some of the dudes from Sirlesque (swoon)! This really is a collaborative show of dark nerdiness!
Needless to say, try and check out this show if you can. Whether you're a fan of the Batman or not, you're going to have a good time.
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