Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011-03-20 Killer Creek Harley Davidson St. Patrick's Day Party

After hauling much fabulous booty back from Jackson the day before, Syrens of the South Productions hauled buns to Marietta to take it off for a bevy of bikers!  We were very excited to once again share the stage with our good friends The Psycho Devilles who have been touring all over the world and stopped by home to shed their amazing brand of rockabilly on the crowd!  They even had some of the lovely ladies performing hop up on stage and do a little dancing during their set.

There were two sets during the day, it's always strange doing burlesque during the day, daylight is not a friend to the burlesque queen but we always make it through!  Having performed for their St. Patrick's Day Party back in 2009 we were super excited to get to come back as it was such a great time and we just love getting to drool over all the amazing bikes!

Katherine Lashe MC'd both sets.  The first included D'lilah D'lite performing her love of Guinness with her giant pints.  Following that was Brandy Noir's professional debut after her amazing beginning at The Southern Fried Burlesque Fest the week before.  She performed as a one woman rat pack to Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin".  Ruby Redmayne was a crowd favorite with her Sugar Daddy routine that includes her amazing disappearing pantie trick!  Closing out the first set was Kittie Katrina showing the crowd her high energy Kittie Kat Love  With her feathery tail and fuzzy ears I'm sure many of them would let her curl up on their bikes for a cat nap!

The second set opened with D'lilah D'lite doing a classically naughty routine with a feather boa that tickled every one's fancy! Then came the hour glass and a half Tupelo Honey with her delectable dark side to A Demon Like Me.  Roses weren't the only thing crushed under her heel, I'm pretty sure she had the audience's hearts as well!  Closing out the show was Kittie Katrina, who was going to be performing to Bourbon in His Eyes, but we had a bit of a malfunction with the CD.  So she totally rocked the improv to a song she'd never heard before and you wouldn't have known with the way she danced and totally rocked the routine!  This is not the first time I have seen this happen to a performer, but it always amazes me the level of professionalism and dedication it takes to pull something like that out of your ass, she already had my respect, but now she has my admiration as well!

Below is a slide show of pictures from the event that include a few highlights from the burlesque show as well!

Monday, April 25, 2011

2011-03-18 Shamrock-A-Shimmy in Jackson, MS

Syrens of the South Productions brings Burlesque to Jackson!  That's what was being said as D'lilah D'lite, Katherine Lashe, Kittie Katrina, and Stormy Knight piled in the car at 5:30am to leave Atlanta to meet up with Spooky le Strange from New Orleans and Big Daddy Cool from Nashville.  And no, Jackson was not sung the whole way there as predicted, infact it wasn't until our arrival that D'lilah played it on her laptop.  Apparently there is no burlesque in Jackson and one man had a vision to bring somethig new and different to Jackson. E. C. Puffin Entertainment chose his first event to be one of burlesque with Syrens of the South in The Basement at Fire.  The Basement is a gay bar that is expanding it's audience, the second level was a large music venue and the upstairs was a very tastey mexican restaurant which we took full advantage.

During set up Katherine Lashe had a small beginning burlesque class for very eager students.  Sadly the word didn't get out about the class to everyone that was interested so there will be more classes coming to Jackson on May 7th!  Tease U will begin with classes by Katherine Lashe and D'lilah D'lite teaching history, basic move, vintage hair and pastie making.

For St. Patrick's Day, Syrens of the South Productions put together a show of bawdy Irish acts as well as classic burlesque routines and a hint of magic done by MC Big Daddy Cool.  From eating razor blades to piercing his skin with needles, Big Daddy Cool definately had the audience in the palm of his hand.  Two shows turned into three due to high demand from the audience.  Something sexy about being so popular they can't get enough!

Performances includes Stormy Knight doing an amazing bellydance routine showing that she does indeed have the fastest hips in the South and her high energy rockabilly routine that had a ho down feel with a sultry edge.  D'lilah D'lite did a sexy classic burlesque routine with some amazing chair work and stocking pulls as well as a tribute to everyone's favortie Irish beer with two feet tall Guiness pint glasses.  The Reverand Spooky le Strange did an wonderful Irish jig complete with tarten and a hint of river dance in addition to her bride routine that had her looking like an elegant stripping ghost that was both beautiful and seductive with it's grace and simplicity.  Katherine Lashe closed the first show with a classic striptease and stocking pull and the second show with a green fan dance to blend both the classic and the drunken holiday.

After the shows everyone had a drink, some amazing mexican food and signed autographs for all the new burlesque fans!  Everyone was awesome to travel with and I would definately recommend any of the for a road trip or a touring show.  The entire experience was awesome for the performers, the audience, the crew and the promotors.  Everyone is super excited about the future of shows and classes for Jackson!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque

Though I briefly touched on this in the post about Southern Fried Burlesque Fest, it really deserves it's own review as a documentary instead of as part of an event.

Dirty Martini is one of the most celebrated performers of the new burlesque and it's no shock that she would be chosen to have a documentary done about her life.  It goes over her life and performance history from her beginnings as a ballerina to her illustrious career as the number one burlesque performer in the world. 

This documentary includes interviews with her family as well as fellow neo-burlesque performers who helped create the New York neo-burlesque scene and shape the neo-burlesque movement around the world.  With Julie Atlas Muse, Tigger, Princess Farhana, Scotty the Blue Bunny, Murry Hill, Angie Pontani, Jo Boobs and many other performers who are considered staples and leaders in the neo-burlesque movement, it not only gives an in site into Dirty Martini but how burlesque came back from the shadows to one of the most celebrated art forms around the world.  The efforts all of these performers and artists took a form of expression and made it an international movement.  With performances that are political, satirical, and just plain beautiful there was a home for each different style and point of view in burlesque, which is often not the case in many outlets.

Dirty's commentary about how her size is always part of the conversation when discussing her career was very interesting.  She's an amazing dancer, has had years of ballet and other dance training and a lot of time people just want to talk about the fact that she's a size 16.  To be honest, when ever I've seen her on stage her size is the furthest thing from my mind.  Her grace, charisma and stage presence supersede anything else you might be thinking and draw you in to just sit back, relax and enjoy the show because it's amazing.  Though I do think that her size can be an inspiration for those who feel that they are over weight and it's great that being a size 16 is encouraging to embrace all body types, it's not what defines her in any way.  It wouldn't matter if she was 100 lbs or 1000 lbs, she has the "IT" factor and that's really the point.

Gary Beeber did an amazing job of piecing together a documentary that not only covered the history of Dirty Martini herself, but the whole movement.  It had performances, tips for performers, conversations about size and body image and really showed the love that Gary had for this project and has for burlesque as a whole.  In fact this whole experience now has him producing the Gotham Burlesque shows the first Saturday of each month in New York.

I highly recommend this film for those who love Dirty Martini, love history and love burlesque!