Kinky & Quirky’s ‘One Stop Vintage Shop’ Burlesque, Ball & Boogie
As a huge burlesque fan, I was anticipating the 30th November with great excitement. Although I’d read books, watched videos online and followed various burlesque sites and blogs I’d never actually had the opportunity to attend a real, live burlesque event so I had no idea what to expect from the night – no preconceived ideas or prejudices – I approached the evening with a completely open mind.
Queuing outside the Riveria Centre allowed me time to get a good look at was everyone else had decided to wear. I was astounded at the variety of outfits everyone was wearing; there were glitzy bodycon dresses, vintage flare petticoats, sparkling tutus, multi-coloured bow ties, top hats and, of course, corsets galore! You could wear anything and everything. It was wonderful to see everyone dressed up for the night. I’d gone for a Jessica Rabbit look and wore a sparkly, red dress with purple arm-length gloves, shimmering heels and covered myself in glitter. Glitter is always good.
The atmosphere was electric and I’d never encountered a group of people so quirky looking and it was great! All the acts were incredible and there are too many to mention here so I shall just describe some of my favourites. The show began with Lilly Laudanum dressed as Queen Victoria stripping in a very pompous manner and as she unpeeled each layer a caption would display a witty comment ‘I am not amused’. It ended with Lilly displaying herself with a giant, black strap-on, which sent the crowd wild. It was quite the opener.
Craig the Incredible Hula Boy was nothing short of…well incredible! I have never seen someone handle hula-hoops with that precision and expertise. He performed two acts; the first an Elvis Presley number and the second with him dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with rainbow-coloured hoops. It was phenomenal! This second act received a standing ovation. I think it was the LED hoops that did it.
Dave-The-Bear was also fabulous, I particularly enjoyed his burlesque act to Video Phone by Beyoncé where he grinded and shimmied across the stage in tightly-clad black trousers revealing pretty much all his arse. I have never seen anything like it. Some images displayed will be hard to forget. To conclude his performance he got member of the audience to squirt water from provided water guns onto his chest as he gyrated in the downpour. Epically entertaining.
The Burlesque Hall of Fame 2013 ‘Best Debut’ Lada Redstar AND ‘Miss Exotic World 2013’, Reigning Queen of Burlesque, LouLou D’vil were performing. How crazy is that? To have such talented international stars in Torquay! I was a little bit mind-blown at the mere idea of them being in the same vicinity as me, let alone performing live in front of my very eyes. The quality of their performances was superb and the execution of every shimmy, walk and extraction of clothing was captivating. It was evident that these were the best of the best. Lada Redstar has this voluptuous, vivacious nature to her performances; she performed her ‘Swallow of Spring’ act and the act that won her, her title ‘Insectavora Queen of the Bugs’. LouLou D’vil is sensual, sassy and almost authoritative (she knows she’s good). She performed her fiery ‘Sirin – My Passion is Alive’ act and her ‘Sex on Legs’ Act which won her the title of Miss Exotic World 2013. I have to say, the costumes of these two acts epitomise glamour. Talk about decadence. I have major wardrobe envy.
A last favourite of mine is Vicky Butterfly. I think she is just beautiful. Her acts were soft, elegant and ethereal. She performed her ‘The Faberge Egg’ act, – it was just darling. She emerges out of this opulently decorated egg all feathered up like a baby chick. She did an entrancing fan dance with pearly white feathers before retreating back into the egg. Her second act is one that will stick in my mind for a long time because it was truly magnificent feat. Belle Epoque La Lune or ‘The Moon’ is simply a wonderful, dreamy illusion of a performance; a dazzling, giant moon (probably the hugest prop I have ever seen) takes centre stage and Vicky Butterfly spirals and twists on this rocking moon – an acrobatic sensation! She was like this tragic nymph dancing under the moonlight.
I had the most enjoyable evening and I would thoroughly recommend others to attend a Kinky & Quirky event because they are amazing (I’m running out of positive adjectives). I have nothing but praise for the night and all the wonderful burlesque performers; Angelique Dominique, Hot Cake Kitty, Ginger Blush, Shirley Windmill and Beatrix Von Bourbon. It’s really is a great chance to get all dressed up and immerse yourself in the eclectic world of Burlesque.
We have found a very interesting article, giving tips on how to get the best burlesque name.
OK, I’m going to say this first, do not use:
Kitten, Kitty, Vixen, Honey, Von, Lux or Deluxe, Lola, de Ville, Violette, Scarlette, Pinky, Femme or Belle.
Why, you may ask? Because these names have been taken a million times over! Seriously, this is like calling yourself Jennifer. In fact, you might as well use Jennifer, as that will be unique to the burlesque community.
And, nothing is more shattering than coming to perform and having an audience member say “Oh, I thought you were that other gal!”
And, honestly, you don’t need to tread the same ground; you should want to have your own, individual personality.
This has always been the tried and true: the name of your pet and the first street you lived on. (In my case it would be Natasha Tacoma.)
Makes and Models of Cars
Sure, de Ville is out of the running (since you’d never want to be compared to the legendary Kitten de Ville), but look at all these choices: Continental, Coupe, SuperSport, Zephyr, Valiant, Corvair, Mustang, Nova, Futura, Mercury, Rocket 88, Metropolitan, Citrone, Fiat.
Cocktails and Booze
Yes, there are names besides Martini: Campari, Negroni, Gin Fizz, Dubonet, etc. Did you know there is a cocktail called Poussé Café? How about a play on the name Frenet Branca, a digestif from the late 1800’s.
Pearl, Ruby, Emerald, Opal, Garnet, Toapz…you get the idea.
These are slang for ‘woman’: Baby, Bearcat, Skirt, Hoofer, Broad, Bimbo, Chassis, Dame, Doll, Dollybird, Gold-Digger, Moll, Twist…
Words in another language
Star in French is etoile; fire in Spanish is fuego. There are several websites that offer basic word translation when googled. Do be sure that you are pronouncing it properly!
Get a Drag Queen to Name You!
Those gals have such great names like Amanda Wreckinwith, Sugar Placebo, Chinchilla Carcoat or Maria Von Mantrapp.
Watch Old Movies, Read Books!
Do you know there is a Lolita Haze and Dolores Haze? Know where those came from? That’s the name of the girl in LOLITA. What about Eve Harrington, the conniving ingénue in ALL ABOUT EVE? Or better yet, Bettie Davis’ character in that film, Margot Channing? Constance Chatterly (LADY CHATTERLY’S LOVER), Lady de Winter (THE THREE MUSKETEERS), Kid Twist (THE STING) are possibilities!
Well, here are some names I’ve come up with:
April May June—“The Girl for Every Day!”
Danielle Boom!—“Queen of the Wild Frontier”
Mitzi Tov—“Look at Those Blessings!”
Delta Dawn (This is a song from the 70’s)
Lady Mustache (Good for gender bender performer)
Dutch Courage (this is slang for liquid courage, aka booze)
Dieter Von Cockenstien (well, OK, that speaks for itself)
Oodles O’Quim (thank you comic-book author Alan Moore, from the sequel to graphic novel THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, BLACK DOSSIER.)
Tia Juana Hooker aka TJ Hooker
Cutty Sark (a clipper ship and a brand of Scotch)
Poussé Café (a fancy cocktail made up several different liquers)
Duke L’Orange (maybe best for a male performer…)
Miranda Warning (or Miranda Rights)
Terry Velour (from the fabric terrycloth velour)
If you take any of these names, please let me know ASAP, as I’ll want to remove them from the list.
Any name you pick you should Google the name followed by the word burlesque. If it pops up, you should keep looking!
If it doesn’t, you should join the Miss Exotic World yahoo group and introduce yourself “Hi, I am So-N-So from (your town here) and I am a burlesque performer!”
I hope this helps!
Penny Starr, Jr.
Access the article here: http://burl-expert.tumblr.com/post/5749243569/how-to-pick-your-burlesque-name
Visit http://londonburlesquefest.com/ to see the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners for each category.
We were judging the International Newcomer Crown and the International Crown on the Saturday night and what a result!
Also visit London Burlesque Festival on Facebook to see some amazing shots of the night.
International Newcomer Crown
- 1st – Flora Gattina & Leyla Liquorice
- 1st – Bonnie Fox
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