LEDA AND THE SWAN
Based on a Greek myth that was retold by the great painters of the 1500s and again, recaptured in the golden age of burlesque by Sally Rand, Lili st Cyr and Faith Arlen. Here, Zeus, in the form of a swan, meets Leda….
This act was made for the burlesque stage; classic burlesque (performed to some crime jazz) and becoming more wild as it moves to an instrumental of Foxy Lady. Using the head piece as an extension of the body, Spielfuchs explores her animal side through sexuality and playfulness. The finale is a gunshot and a rush of red fabric.
This performance is inspired by ‘Ubu Roi’: a surrealist play by Alfred Jarry from the 1890s that was banned from the stage due to its grotesquery and its disruption of social norms. Comedic, bizarre and wild; a satirical look at greed, power and self gratification.[/bscolumns][bscolumns class=”clear”]
An act that portrays the female menstrual cycle in the context of vintage burlesque, enticing the audience to appreciate different forms of beauty.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TELL
A feminine piece exploring gender roles and gender presumptions. This piece uses delicate movements, black ribbons on feather fans, an explosion of flour (causing a cloud of dust) and, for the final reveal, a prosthetic penis.
THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES
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).
LION AND THE MOUSE
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.
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.
PICKIN A CHICKEN
The first part of this performance satirizes kitsch burlesque and the second part introduces neo-burlesque. Oil, egg and flour are rubbed into the body in a highly suggestive manner establishing a sexual and grotesque depiction of deep frying chicken.
WE WANT YOU
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.
PAINTING THE ROSES RED
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.
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.