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A satirical work expressing my desire for a new direction. The Emperor, with a passion for material objects, finds himself completely naked in public. As a result, he realises that there are more important things to nurture and let grow. In this performance I dance with fabric and give birth out of my head to a latex baby (umbilical cord and all).
This work was the result of a semester of Solo Performance study. I experiment with attention and conflicting interest in order to identify and understand the pleasure in kitsch. The thrill of costume, music and the human body overpowers the aesthetics of simple beauty (Fluxus).
This out-rightly political and satirical piece explores America and it’s negative stereotypes. First there are subliminal messages and dancing, then Uncle Sam smokes, drinks and eats as much McDonalds as possible in a short time frame. The finale includes latex atomic bomb nipple pasties that dribble out faux-blood that are then rubbed into the stomach (or uterus), leaving Uncle Same with red hands.
This performance was part of Russall Beattie’s Batman Follies at The Vanguard. Each character from Batman was brought to life as though they were living in 1929. Poison Ivy owned a perfume store. With a mix of voice, dance and perfume smells, Poison Ivy lures her audience in and says farewell with kiss of death (performed on a pillar with fans and a large supply of rose petals).
Made for the burlesque stage; inspired by the well-known moral tale, this act takes us into the jungle and hopes to inspire freedom. With feather fans, glitter and a mouse-puppet-friend, this moral tale demonstrates the pleasure of mixing sexy and happy energy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyfyjFVZYd4
Most commonly, this is performed with the acting intentions behind Johnny Depp’s character Jack Sparrow. The pirate discovers booty and a fountain of treasure with the help of some rum. Highlights include 8 pairs of underpants being removed, spraying the audience with water and pouring a bottle of water and then gold glitter over the chest.
All Hallows Eve Special: a vampire takes to the stage with long ribbons on black feather fans and seductively dances. She finishes her hunger ritual with a fresh bleeding heart that pours over her porcelain skin.
Telling the story of Salome and her dance of the seven veils. This performance was made for Russall Beattie at The Vanguard as part of Whipped Cream and Earthly Delights. The queen of sin stripped her seven veils, danced with a live snake and finished with John the Baptist’s head on a silver platter (complete with a fountain of red glitter pouring from his neck).
BETTIE GOES VAUDEVILLE
A traditional-inspired, lively strip-tease with dance moves that only an exciting stage energy can can get away with. Meet Betty Page cross a vaudevillian clown.
PINK POODLEY POO
This performance was performed as though a dog, the entire costume made of pink felt. Using all the character traits of a dog, the performance still titillated the audience.
THE PAPER DOLL
Before Barbies there were paper dolls and, as often as we dressed them, we stripped them. This burlesque show tells the story of a paper doll, flat and without an ability to move, who soon discovers freedom. As she removes her paper layers, new costumes are revealed until, finally, we have a 3D finish.
A strip tease involving plucking, pulling and ripping off paper roses from my body. Each rose is origami, hand made prior to the performance and is sprayed red on stage. Humans have a natural fascination for watching things be destroyed. This piece was often performed at weddings. After the performance I would cough up red spray paint that I had breathed in during the dance. A performance about fleeting beauty.
WELCOME TO TIJUANA
For this performance a taco is prepared live on stage between the legs of the performer. A strip is conducted as a police man (Herbie Strangelove) searches the performer for marijuana. Now naked and blessed with taco, the performer offers the audience to eat it from off her vagina.
THE BLUE WORLD
This performances incorporated paint and a large mirror facing the audience. Painted completely white, a figure appears on stage and begins to dance and paint her body blue. Now covered in paint, she marks the mirror with circular motions and leaves with blue markings made by her visit.