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How to be a good burlesque audience …

How to be a good burlesque audience …

Coney Bow
The winner of the 2016 Grand Tease – the incredible Coney Bow

So … I have been to quite a few burlesque shows over the last few years, and I’ve also been backstage at many burlesque shows as well (by the way … it’s a marvellous place to be!) and so I’ve come up with a few tips which, if you follow them, will make you a stellar burlesque audience member.  And I tell you what – as an audience member, you can make or break a show, so get yourself a wine and read on my sparkly friend!

Dress up – this is for your pleasure as much as the performers.  You can literally NEVER be overdressed at a burlesque show – the sky is the limit – truly.  And that is a very awesome and liberating thing ….  think about it – how many occasions are there that you can indulge your love of sequins, fabulous headwear, glitter, tiaras  and whatever else tickles your fancy?!  PS: there’s quite often a competition for Best Dressed too … so get your fancy on!

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A party pack of stunners: Mel (The Sweet Painted Lady); Amy (Fabric Forager) and Pixie Rachel (Miss Pixie Twist). Being glamorous audience members since forever!

Good etiquette … yes these girls (and boys) are here to take their clothes off – and don’t worry, they will.  But if you call out obnoxious, drunken and stupid things like  “show us ya *****” they more than likely won’t.   Their job is to tease, tantalise and seduce you – not bust everything out, give it a shake and walk off the stage.  Performers put a great deal of time, thought and effort into their acts, and they don’t need some drunken punter ruining it for them (or the rest of the audience for that matter). Having said that though …

Encourage them! … whoop, holler, whistle, clap, cheer.  There’s NOTHING worse than an audience that sits there politely and doesn’t respond to the performers.  There’s been many a time when I’ve been backstage and heard a performer come off stage, shaking their head ruefully and announcing “tough audience – hard to get them going.”  Honestly, you will get a waaaaay better performance from them if you give them a bit of encouragement and something to play up to!  And don’t be scared about them picking on you if you do that … they’re more likely to pick on you if you don’t!

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The delightful Gloriousole

DO NOT KEEP their things!  If, during their act, you happen to have a costume piece flung at you, or near you – PLEASE for the love of God, DO NOT KEEP IT!  Costume pieces are often handmade, cost a fortune or are difficult/time-consuming to replace.  Costume pieces are an integral part of a performer’s act; a lot of thought and expense goes into them and they need them for the next time they perform.  Performers in New Zealand don’t get paid much – it barely covers their rhinestones – they do it for the love of the performance and they certainly can’t be replacing costume pieces after every performance.  If you do find something; either hand it to the stage kitty, who will be collecting the cast off pieces, or if you can’t do that, hand it to someone behind the bar or to the stage manager.

Amorous Ava
The stunning Amourous Ava – well known for her fantastic costume pieces.

Embrace the inappropriate – burlesque is bawdy, comedic and sexy and it’s R18 for a reason. If you’re easily offended or have no sense of humour, do us all a favour and stay at home! But if you are up for a good night and can roll with the punches and innuendo (and let’s face it, not always just innuendo!) you are gonna have yourself a blast! One of my favourite MC’s, Piotr from Uzbekoslavia  is totally inappropriate and it’s one of my favourite things about him!

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The brilliant Piotr from Uzbekoslavia

Don’t take photos – a) it’s not your job – there is generally a show photographer hired to do that; b) the flash can distract the performers; c) performers have the right to control photographs of themselves in that situation and d) you’ll enjoy the show more, and annoy people around you less, if you just leave your phone in your bag.

Don’t expect Dita von Teese every time – burlesque is a wonderful, crazy, inclusive world where (mostly) amateur performers get to tease, tantalise and shake their booties a few times a year.  They don’t have big costume budgets like Dita does; they don’t all have perfect bodies (and that’s the fun of it – they’re ordinary people like you and I) and they don’t have time to practice all day, every day.  Burlesque is meant to be spontaneous and fun, and there are often bloopers – and they’re often the most fun parts of the show.  Be kind and enjoy the spectacle – I can tell you, many/most performers are literally a bundle of nerves before they go on stage, where they somehow magically transform into the glamorous, confident performer you see.  Trust.

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Miss Ooh La La Paree – always inspiring.

So that is my guide to how to be a good burlesque audience member.  Hope it’s helpful and remember – support your local performers by heading along to their shows whenever you can. They’re not expensive and you are pretty much guaranteed a fun night of entertainment, sass and the opportunity to dress yourself up to the nines!

Cast
The glamorous, sparkly cast of the Hamilton heat of the 2016 Grand Tease.

So bust out your best burlesque ensemble and hop to it …

Mumpty

 

 

Valen-Tease: a review and poem

Valen-Tease: a review in pictures
(presented via some very poor poetry!)

Valen-Tease lineup

Last night’s Valen-Tease
Really was the bee’s knees
I had a blast – I always do
And here’s my review
Just for you …Oooh la la

Kicking off the show, was Miss Ooh La La Paree
Those glorious legs for all to see
Resplendent she was, in purple and mint
To many an eye, she bought a glint

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Next on stage was Pussy Galorrez
Sexy, sparkly and a sight to behold
There was glitter everywhere
And look, it was gold!

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Following Pussy was Miss Bettsy Rose Lee
All gingham and boots and laughing with glee
She busted her moves all over the stage
And left us all in a jealous rage (why can’t we dance like that?!)

Christine

Christine the chanteuse took the stage next
The voice of an angel, with style to burn
She left us wishing she’d have another turn
(Which, luckily, she did!)

MisRed

MisRed was on fire
She lit up the scene
The lust and desire
By all could be seen

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Mr B Frank and Pixie Twist form the crazy duo, Frank’n’Twist

Frank’n’Twist opened Act number 2
They’re crazy as hell
But boy, you can tell
This fella totally loves his gal

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Then Pussy came on
And went down to a mirkin
You could see the audience wondering
How that thing was workin’!

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Miss Bettsy Rose Lee
Then sang about boobs
For which, you can tell
She was qualified well!

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Miss Chevious Cinders
Was all about lights
A standing ovation
Totally made her night

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Closing the show
With all that she had
Was the stunning MisRed
And wow, she was rad

Pixie Twist was our MC
She did it with style
Totes inappropro at times
Which caused many to smile

The audience battled with assels galore
Best audience ever on that score for sure!

And that was my night
You can tell I had fun
I’m SUCH a bad poet
But now it’s all done
(And you won’t have to read any more!)

Special thanks to: Alyson, April and Sonia for handling the sound and lighting (and lots of other stuff!); the shy and reserved Obsidian and the beautiful Miss Scarlett Soiree for their wonderful stage kittying antics; Miss Chevious Cinders for being Door Dolly and as always, amazing photography by David Rowe Photography, with second shooter Nick Von Deursen Photography.   And of course, big congratulations to Crazy Diamond’s producers, Miss Ooh La La Paree and Miss Bettsy Rose Lee – ably assisted  by the wonderful Azure D’Murre.

And, because I can, here is a blurry photo of me and my divine friend Allysa, who was a burlesque noobie – and who loved every minute of it!

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Valentines hearts and flowers (and boobs and butts!)

Mumpty

Burlesque:Cirlesque

Burlesque/Cirlesque: it was an awesome weekend for Mumpty!

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My “Cirlesque” look

This weekend was a busy and exciting one for Mumpty, who attended two very different, but very fantastic shows.

On Friday night I attended the Bring on Burlesque Christmas Show at the Riverlea Theatre and had an absolutely wonderful time with some lovely friends, while we watched other hugely talented friends entertain us!

Bring on Burlesque had some outstanding performances; too many to detail, so I’m just going to bullet-point the stand-outs for me …

  • Ruby Spice‘s “puppet on a string” performance – so creative.
  • The Ginger Kisses – “Simply Cannot Do It Alone” – I ADORE the Ginger Kisses!
  • Miss Bettsy Rose Lee‘s “milkshake act” – in which I received a milkshake – shaken, not stirred, in her cleavage!
  • Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s “boobs” song … for one, I didn’t know she could sing and for two, she was very funny!
  • Ms Tittle Tattle‘s Snow White routine – such a cheeky, “don’t mess with me” attitude!
  • Azure D’Murre‘s fan dance “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without  a Smile” – so seductive and sexy.

Honourable mentions as well to Miss Ooh La La Paree’s Queen of Atlantis act – her costume is magnificent; Lady Gee’s cat act and of course to Henrietta, Steve Gray and Bring On Burlesque’s incomparable host, Gloria Dividend.

Lady Gee
Lady Gee – isn’t she cute?!

A big thanks to the fabulous Ms Tittle Tattle and her lovely husband, Simon, for giving me the ticket to attend Bring on Burlesque.

And then … it was Saturday night, and time for Cirlesque!

Cirlesque

I was soooo excited when the lovely Miss Cherry Lashes asked me if I would be interested in stage managing a “show in Hamilton” on Saturday night.  I said yes, never dreaming it was Cirlesque!   And I’m thrilled to bits that I did!

Cirlesque was an amazing experience for me – there was quite a lot of responsibility if I’m honest, but I learned heaps and I loved meeting these wonderful performers who I’ve seen and admired from afar, and have now met and worked with in person.

Miss Polly Filla was the glorious MC for the evening – with a wit as razor-sharp as the wings of her eyeliner, she handled the crowd with aplomb and kept them amused with her lip-synching, joke-telling antics.  I loved working with her – what a professional – and what a wardrobe!

Polly Filla
Miss Polly Filla

Andre Vegas and his beautiful assistants (Andre Vegas & Company Magic and Illusion) did several magic acts, including doves, strait jacket escapes, head-sawing (!) and the like! They were a dream to work with; always ready to go before time and well and truly organised!  Crowd participation was a big part of their acts and that’s always good fun to watch the audience being drawn in.

Andre Vegas
Andre Vegas

Venus Starr – now Venus is a performer whom I have wanted to see perform live for such a long time now – I saw her once in Auckland at Diamond Carousel and she was fantastic; at Cirlesque Venus performed two acts – hoops and aerial silks. Watching Venus in motion is testament to what I imagine must be hours and hours and in fact, years and years, of practice and honing her art.  Venus is petite yet strong; beautiful yet tough and controlled yet graceful – it was utterly fantastic to watch the parts of her performance I got to see before I had to rush off to make sure the next act was ready!

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Venus Starr

I have been DYYYYING to see The Duchess de Berry‘s Wild Orchid act which she debuted at the NZ Burlesque Festival.  Having seen her costume backstage, I can say it is even more stunning than an audience can even begin to appreciate. SOOO many sparkles, such attention to detail, so many fabulous and different components.  And of course, there is The Duchess herself.  Freakin’ gorgeous that girl!  When Trillian was doing up her corset I could only marvel at how tiny her waist is – around 20″, depending on how tight she pulls the corset – that’s teeny-tiny!  Anyway, her act was beautiful and elegant and visually spectacular.  The girl is a talent for sure.

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Duchess de Berry in her Wild Orchid costume

Samantha Amelia is a performer whom I have never seen before and it was an absolute delight to watch her unique combination of pole, burlesque and aerial hoop.  Her lovely hair – a long, curly red mane, looked so beautiful in the spotlight and her petite frame belies the great deal of strength necessary to perform effectively on both pole and aerial hoop.

Samantha Amelia
Samantha Amelia

Throwing knives at your partner is not generally advisable, but The Death Do Us Part Danger Show (husband and wife team Rachel & Charlie Atlas) made it look so easy, albeit still very frightening!  There must be an enormous level of trust between those two because I think it would take a HELL of a lot of persuading to do what Rachel does that’s for sure.  I was really intrigued to learn that Charlie actually hand-makes the double-headed Viking axes he uses in their act.

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The Death Do Us Part Danger Show

Cirlesque was also the first opportunity I’d had to see the truly fabulous Trillian (Queen of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2014) perform live and she was A for Amazing!  I loved her 20’s style and that girl can most certainly shake those “assels!” And what a friendly, relaxed person she is to chat to backstage as well – love Trillian!

Trillian
Trillian

And YAYYYY!!! I finally got to see MisRed perform in her gilded cage – and it was an absolutely beautiful, sexy-as-hell performance as well, thank you very much!  MisRed is a world class performer, and another fabulous lady to chat backstage with. It was so nice to catch up with her and to watch her perform.

MisRed
MisRed

So as you can tell, it was a real privilege to be asked to stage manage Cirlesque – thank you to all the performers, stagehands and everyone involved who helped me – I hope I helped you too! Thanks so much for the opportunity.

PS: A big thanks to Mel Cherry Chambers who stage-managed Cirlesque on Friday night and gave me her notes and advice.  Thank you so much!

And that, my friends, was Mumpty’s weekend of burlesque/cirlesque.

Tired, yet sparkly …

Mumpty

In the audience at Dirty Martini …

In the audience at
Miss Dirty Martini …

Dirty Martini
All images by David Rowe Photography

Wow … for once, Mumpty is nearly speechless!  ** Warning** pic-heavy post – but when it comes to burlesque, those are the best posts right?!  For the record, all images in this post were taken by the truly marvellous, burlesque photographer extraordinaire, David Rowe from David Rowe Photography – just book him!

I have been to many a burlesque show over the last few years, but this one, featuring the internationally famous, Miss Dirty Martini, was one INCREDIBLE show!  Not only did Dirty herself prove from the very first second she stepped on the stage, why she has the massive following she does, but the other performers sparkled their little hearts out as well!  (To read about when Mumpty actually met Dirty IRL, click here.)

FYI, for what it’s worth, Cabaret Royale was held at Glamilton’s premiere burlesque venue, Altitude Bar on the 17th of April!

Cab Royale poster
For the first time I’ve ever seen, there was actually a queue waiting outside to get into the venue before it started – aaaah the power of the international phenomenon that she is, Miss Dirty Martini!

The evening was MC’d by the gloriously, hilariously outrageous Felicity Frockaccino – she of the comic-clad statuesque figure and the towering heels that she managed to haul herself up on to the stage in, more times than I think was safe!  The bartender, Zac, was the somewhat unwilling object of Ms Frockaccino’s affections – it was very, very funny to watch him squirm – but actually he handled the attention incredibly well!  I wonder how often Ms Frockaccino really does get beaten up after the show though?!

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The glorious MC Felicity Frockaccino

Aside from being a rather superb MC, Felicity Frockaccino also performed a fabulous little number in the second half of the show that had Mumpty and her bestie, Miss Monique Sweet, in fits of laughter!

Felicity 2The show was opened by recently-formed Glamilton troupe, The Gorgeous Glamiltonians, who performed a beautiful, colourful and cheeky Four Seasons routine – which was a tribute to Dirty Martini herself.  The Gorgeous Glamiltonians choreographed the piece and took some of their inspiration, particularly for the fan work, from a group fan act Dirty did a while ago.

Gorgeous Glamiltonians
The Gorgeous Glamiltonians.

The routine was fan-based with a troupe feel to it, complimented by individual performances.  As one audience member put it later, it was a visual symphony!  The Gorgeous Glamiltonians troupe is made up of:

The Pocket Rocket – Miss Ooh La La Paree.

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Ms Ooh La La Paree.

The fabulous Miss Ruby Spice – captured here in one of my favourite Ruby “bustin’ a move” moments! Ruby Spice

One of my long-time, super-sexy favourites, Azure D’Murre.

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Azure D’Murre

And my magnificent friend and burlesque madam, Ms Tittle Tattle.

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Ms Tittle Tattle, in quite possibly the sparkliest gown I’ve ever seen!

Now I can’t remember the exact order of the routines that followed, so I’m just going to mention them all and hope I don’t get it too far wrong!

The gorgeous Miss Cherry Lashes performed a fabulous, gold-inspired routine – the pièce de résistance of which was when she smeared herself in gold paint – a very theatrical moment indeed!  Well done Miss Cherry Lashes!

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Miss Cherry Lashes – gold!

Belly dancing made it’s shimmy-ing, sexy self well-known in the fabulous routine performed by Leggy Luna Lucy.  Now Felicity Frockaccino informed the audience this was Miss Lucy’s last performance – I most certainly hope that is not the case! Leggy Luna Lucy is a brilliant performer and the audience was wowed by a super-funky routine where that booty was shaken and stirred like the very best martini (did you see how I made that link here?!)

Leggy Luna Lucy
Leggy Luna Lucy.

We were also treated to a wonderful routine by the lady who was clever enough to bring Miss Dirty Martini to New Zealand; Catherine Smith (Owner; Caburlesque International, Director; Miss Burlesque NZ) who performed as Sadie, a very sexy and somewhat naughty Cleaning Lady!

Sadie
Sadie. Believe me ladies, you would NOT hire this woman!

Glamilton performer, Pussy Gallorez performed her fire-inspired routine and released a shower of red glitter onto the stage (and other places too I believe, but we won’t go into that here!)

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Pussy Galorezz – and is that Felicity Frockaccino’s glass dangerously left there on the stage I spy?!

Burlesque diva and Miss Burlesque NZ 2012, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee, performed her mega-popular, multi-award-winning Cupcake Odyssey routine – I’ve seen it a few times now and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it!  Any routine that ends with the performer stuffing her face with cake and sprinkles has got my vote!

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Miss Bettsy Rose Lee in her Cupcake Odyssey.

Queen of the Cards, Cherie D’Bauche, is a Rotorua-based performer, and I have not seen her perform before.  I really enjoyed her card-inspired routine and I thought her costuming was gorgeous.  I look forward to seeing her perform again some time soon.

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Cherie D’Bauche

And then … and then … it was the long-awaited turn of the magnificent Miss Dirty Martini (and not before some heckling from the audience, which Ms Frockaccino handled with the tact and sophistication we had come to expect from her!)

What can I say about Dirty’s act?  It was a mastery of comedic burlesque and demonstrated all the components necessary for a good routine (as identified by Dirty at dinner – see here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)  Aside from all that, it was visually stunning; Dirty is hilarious; her timing is impeccable and she is just THAT.BLOODY.GOOD!  A true burlesque superstar!  Dirty performed her infamous Swan Routine, and it was, quite simply, brilliant.  That is a very inappropriate swan by the way **insert lascivious wink here**

Swan

My only complaint?  We needed MORE DIRTY!

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So that, my friends, was how it was to be in the audience of a Dirty Martini Burlesque Show – in short – fabulous!

It was great to see so many new faces in the audience – obviously Dirty’s fame has spread as far as Glamilton!  There were also some familiar faces and it was just as good to see them – and a special mention of our newly-crowned Miss Pinup NZ 2015 – Bettie Rage.

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The curtain call …

Well done to Miss Mollie Tov who did a wonderful job of being the Stage Kitty, and to the Door Dollies, Miss Chevious Cinders and Pixie Twist.

And … one of my favourite pics from the evening – yes, that is David Rowe, our trusty photographer, with the one and only Miss Dirty Martini!  What IS he doing?!

David and Dirty

Love and totally inappropriate swans …

Mumpty

 

 

Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge

Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge …

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The incredible lineup of talent for Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge.

Back in mid-December (and goodness that seems like a long time ago now doesn’t it?!) I was lucky enough to be asked by the fabulous Ms Tittle Tattle to be a backstage helper at her annual Christmas burlesque show; Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge.  And, as with all Bombshell Burlesque productions, it was a fabulous night of burlesque, tease and high-spirited fun!  I had a blast, and judging by the obvious enjoyment of the audience and their feedback, so did everyone else!

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Show poster

For those of you who haven’t taken yourself along to the The Nivara Lounge in Glamilton … you must!  It’s a fabulous, intimate little vintage-styled venue with comfy chairs, a great little bar and although I didn’t try it, the food looked and smelt fabulous.

I was so excited when I saw the lineup of talent; this is the first time I had seen some of these ladies perform, and yay – there was even a boylesquer!  

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MC for the evening, Miss La Vida. Image by David Rowe Photography.

Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge was MC’d by the effervescent and actually, quite hilariously irreverent (!) Miss La Vida.  Miss La Vida, of course, is an extremely well-known burlesque performer in her own right and has taken the stage from London to Las Vegas and New York to Sydney!  Her MC style is funny, engaging, slightly bossy (believe me you do NOT want to be caught taking pictures or doing any other naughty stuff!)  She had the crowd in fits of laughter with her bawdy antics and bogun jokes about Hamilton (clearly someone forgot to tell her we prefer to be known as Glamilton!)  Her lightening-fast costume changes between acts were very well received, with the most popular ensemble appearing to be the rhinestone encrusted g-string and bra by New Zealand costumier to the stars, Flo Foxworthy.  She posed with a flourish between the stage curtains and sauntered on to much applause – Miss La Vida is, most certainly, a showgirl in the extreme.  And that, of course, is what you want in a burlesque MC!

MumptyStyle Pixie Twist
Pixie Twist by David Rowe Photography.

The opening act was the first act of two by the inimitable Pixie Twist, which was later followed by her controversial Lady Cxxt act (if you want to see the pics of that one, visit her Facebook page!)  Miss Monique Sweet and I had a rather interesting time helping the Pixie out with her latex and glitter props – ya’ know what – backstage at a burlesque show is never quite as glam as you’d think!  I have to say though, burlesque girls (and boys!) are VERY MacGyver-like with their props!

Pixie’s acts were both designed to encourage us to question the wisdom of trying to conform to the mass media’s ideals of physical perfection and what is appropriate behaviour for young ladies.  Pixie is very much of the opinion that you should love your body, no matter what it’s shape, and do what feels right for you – and who can argue with that?!

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Ruby Spice – by David Rowe Photography

The fiery Ruby Spice was up next with her fabulous Born to be Wild act – I love this one – I remember a while ago when I saw it for the first time with my friend … she said to me “oh, I didn’t know you could do that with burlesque – I thought it had to be all slinky and slow” – HELL NO!  Burlesque can be whatever you want it to be!  Ruby’s Born to be Wild act is high-energy, raunchy and the audience loves it!

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Miss Cherry Lashes by David Rowe Photography.

This was the first time I had seen the wonderful Miss Cherry Lashes perform, and what a treat it was … she did a gorgeous, classical routine and I really enjoyed watching her.  That girl sure knows how to peel a glove to maximum effect!

MumptyStyle Alegra Fantail
Alegra Fantail by David Rowe Photography.

Next up was the glorious Alegra Fantail, fresh from her Blue Sapphire – Electroswing Collective.  Alegra Fantail is a sexy and cheeky performer – it appears the audience loves a girl in a tux!

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Mo’ Cachino by David Rowe Photography.

And finally … a boylesquer!  Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge was lucky to showcase the incredible talents of Mo’ Cachino  (Mr Burlesque New Zealand 2013)  Mo’ Cachino describes himself as “a velvety hot chocolate, with a double shot of samba for extra shimmy.”  Sounds good right?  Well he is.  You can totally see how he won hearts and the main prize at the Mr Burlesque NZ competition back in 2013.  Miss Cherry Lashes – you are one lucky lady!

Fun fact: A “boylesquer” is a male burlesque performer.  They’re a  relatively rare breed, but their numbers seem to be on the increase on the New Zealand burlesque scene.  Hahhhaaaa … I’ve made them sound like a new species that’s been discovered … and perhaps they are?!  Anyway, they’re a welcome and wonderful addition to the “scene” – they perform quite differently to the ladies, and it’s always great to have a variety of acts and “new blood” to keep things fresh and exciting.

MumptyStyle Coco Valence
Coco Valence by David Rowe Photography.

Well … if you’re ever looking to see a stunningly beautiful, classical burlesque performer, look no further than Coco Valence.  Move over Dita … this beautiful girl from Raglan will give you a run for your money!  This was the first time I had seen Coco perform and she was a pleasure to watch – fan dances are so beautiful and Coco and her fans were no exception.  If you want to find out where Coco Valence and Alegra Fantail are performing this summer, check out their website here.  They are both part of the Blue Sapphire – Electroswing Collective.  

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Miss Ooh La La Paree – Chic, Unique and Magnifique by David Rowe Photography.

Seasoned Glamilton performer and audience favourite, Miss Ooh La La Paree – Chic, Unique and Magnifique strutted her glamorous stuff with her lively Samba routine – she’s always so much fun and it’s fabulous to see how much she gives to her acts and how she lights up the stage every time.  A true showgirl.

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Ms Tittle Tattle by David Rowe Photography.

And last, but my goodness, certainly not least (!), was the curvaceous, fabulous bombshell that is Ms Tittle Tattle – producer of Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge.  She showed her usual mastery of the audience and gave as good as she got  – and managed to ooze old-school glamour all the way.  Superb Ms Tittle Tattle – well played!

MumptyStyle Netti PageGuests at Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge were treated to a pre-show and an interval set by awesome Auckland-based DJ Netti Page.  She also rounded off the evening with some fabulous after-show dancing – great to see some of the performers – and Netti – kicking up their heels!  Performer’s music for the evening was very efficiently handled by the King of the 2014 Burlesque Festival NZ, Mr B Frank.

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Miss Monique Sweet and Mumpty

And would you look at these two huh?!  This is a not-so-great photo of moi and a gorgeous-as-always photo of Miss Monique Sweet – we were the stage kitties for the evening, and we had a wonderful time backstage, onstage, around the stage, at the barstage  – everywhere really!!  Miss Mollie Tov did an admirable job of Door Dollying, and it was awesome to see Ruby Spice, resplendent in Christmas lights and Hershey’s Kisses perched (somewhat uncomfortably unfortunately!) on the bar as a welcoming gambit!

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Ruby Spice covered in Christmas lights and Hersheys Kisses – by David Rowe Photography.

So there you have it … a rundown of the fabulous evening that was Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge – I hope you enjoyed!

All photos were taken by the magical David Rowe from David Rowe Photography.  Check out David’s website here and his Facebook page here.

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Oh … and here we have a picture of Mumpty on her way to what was clearly very SERIOUS business – I think I look like someone ELF’d me!!

Enjoy …

Mumpty

 

 

 

A burlesquin’ bachelorette bash!

A burlesquin’ bachelorette bash!

MumptyStyle BBBA couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend the Bountiful Bachelorette Bash of Glamilton diva and Miss Burlesque NZ 2011, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee.  And I’m jolly pleased I did, because it was a show that not only honoured the gorgeous bride-to-be in the most glamourous and exuberant way, but gave us, the audience, a damm good night out!

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The show poster, designed by the uber-talented Collette Fergus.

The Bountiful Bachelorette Bash at Glamilton’s Meteor Theatre was a Crazy Diamond production, organised by Miss Bettsy Rose Lee herself, in conjunction with her wonderful bridesmaids, Azure D’Murre and Miss Ooh La La Paree and ably stage-managed (and kittied!)  by the delightful Lady La Rouge.

When I saw the glorious lineup of talent advertised, I jumped at Azure D’Murre’s request that I be “Door Dolly” for the evening – I am all over any opportunity to get glammed up and enjoy a burleyQ/theatre-ish evening out!

Fun fact: Glamilton is considered one of burlesque’s “hot spots” – due in no small part to Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s contribution to the scene.

I always love the backstage buzz before a show, and this one was no exception;  there was glitter and feathers and sequins and champagne and sparkles backstage – all the usual burlesque accoutrements – and an explosion of colour!  Bettsy herself was dressed and ready to go well ahead of time, and my goodness, she looked divine!

The show was MC’d by the magnificent Glorious Ole who, “believe me” did a wonderful job of combining slightly bawdy and risqué humour with touching sentimental asides for Miss Bettsy Rose Lee.   She also treated us to a medley of “One Singular Sensation” (from A Chorus Line) and “You Are So Beautiful.”MumptyStyle GloriaFirst up, naturally, was the bride-to-be herself who performed her routine to “I’m in love with a wonderful guy” in a bridal gown! Now I know for a fact that Miss Bettsy Rose Lee only finalised her routine the day before.  The reason I mention this is because it absolutely astounds me that someone can do that!  I guess that’s where a lifetime of theatre and dance comes in; if I tried that I would be absolutely terrified!  Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s fiance was in the audience and it was lovely to see the interaction between the two throughout her routine.    MumptyStyle BettsyAfter she had performed, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee was seated on the couch/throne where she and her fiance enjoyed cupcakes and she was presented with a very special cake in the shape of a doll!  In the pic below she blows out her candles while her amused fiancé, Richard, looks on!MumtpyStyle BBB blow out candle

The exuberant Lady Gee performed her hilarious and raunchy Rocky Horror “Sweet Transvestite” act – her cheeky style always appeals to the audience and Miss Bettsy’s Bachelorette Bash was all the better for her raunchy contribution! MumptyStyle Lady Gee
The wonderful Qteas Teas performed a fabulous routine, “Mogwai to Gremlins” that included green paint being smeared over her body and ended with the floor being COVERED in glitter – always the sign of a good routine in my opinion! In my mind, she will be hereforth referred to as “Glitterpants!”MumptyStyle QTeas
Azure D’Murre debuted a stunning new act to “13 Men” and a GORGEOUS new costume (a beautiful tangerine colour which is a departure from Azure’s normal blue wardrobe but very pretty indeed) – in which, as usual, she looked spectacular!  Azure’s routines are always full of sass and attitude and I love that they end in fabulous tassle-twirling – as I mentioned in this A-Z of Burlesque, Azure is the best tassle-twirler I know!  There is a bit of a story behind Azure’s act … “13 Men” was the song that Miss Bettsy Rose Lee performed in her first ever public burlesque outing.  Azure had encouraged Bettsy to revive that routine several times over the years, and in the end got sick of waiting and decided to revive it herself!  And what a great job she did!  MumptyStyle AzureAnd another of Azure, because I can! Check out the lovely gold chain detail.MumptyStyle Azure back

Fiasco Belle gave an outstanding rendition of “Lilac Wine.” She has the most beautiful, soulful voice and was ably accompanied by her musical partner on the guitar. Another fabulous performance that enhanced the evening, ensuring there was “something for everyone” in the audience.MumptyStyle Fiasco Belle

Sister act, The Ginger Kisses peformed what for me, was the standout routine of the evening – I absolutely bloody loved it! They performed the song “I just can’t do it alone” from the musical Chicago – you know, the one Catherine Zeta-Jones performed when her sister “died”? It was hilarious, cheeky and fun-filled and they worked together SO well that you would swear they’d been performing it together for ages. Such talent … their Mum attends all the shows her gorgeous girls are in (Lady Gee and Ruby Spice are The Ginger Kisses and are real-life sisters!) and I know she is rightly very proud!MumptyStyle Ginger KissesAnd another one ‘cos they were just THAT cool! MumptyStyle Ginger Kisses 2
Di Va performed two highly energetic and fierce acts (Grand Medley and All About that Anaconda”) – phew, I was exhausted just watching her shake that booty! Her hardcore dance music and routines provided an excellent contrast to some of the more traditional burlesque routines performed by the other girls. Love that variety!MumtpyStyle Di Va
Ruby Spice was her usual gorgeous and sexy self as she performed “Love for the Bump & Grind” – that girl sure has “sensual” nailed!  Ruby’s always a pleasure to watch as she interacts with the audience so well.  I think she’s one of those girls all the boys want, and all the girls want to be!   MumptyStyle Ruby Spice

I have never had the privilege of watching Leggy Luna Lucy perform before and I am SO pleased that situation has now been remedied! She is an AMAZING performer; cheeky, sensual and with a knockout body that she sure knows how to rock! She gave a polished performance and her fanwork was nothing short of spectacular! I loved the way she drew the happy couple in … just brilliant.  She performed two acts; “Mein Herr” and “Dance Around the World.”MumptyStyle Leggy Luna
Brilliant diva Ms Tittle Tattle, resplendent and gorgeous in purple, performed  an “Ode to Burlesque” a beautiful poem for which we don’t know who to credit!  It was given to Ms Tittle Tattle to perform, without credit, some months ago, so if you do know where it came from, we’d love to hear!  Ms Tittle Tattle was accompanied by her husband, Simon Crowfoot, on bass.  This wonderful duo delivered an enchanting performance in an unusually “demure” act for Ms Tittle Tattle – again, love to see that variety in a show, and in a performer.MumptyStyle Tittle Tattle

The Grand Dame of NZ burlesque, Miss Chevious Cinders performed her new “pirate” routine, which was hilarious – that is a very cheeky and often very rude, bird!  I love watching Cindy perform – she’s such a character and (no pun intended) she FLYS by the seat of her pants and manages to pull it off every time!  MumptyStyle Cindy
And last, but certainly not least, to close the show, was the aptly-named Miss Ooh La La Paree – Chic, Unique and Magnifique with her energetic and dazzling rendition of Katy Perry’s “Firework” song!  The gorgeous sparkly props she liberally handed out to Miss Bettsy Rose Lee and the audience members made for a blast of colour, sparkle and audience participation … she is often referred to as a “firecracker” or “pocket rocket” and this routine demonstrated why!  What a glorious way to end the show!MumptyStyle Ooh La

So there you have it … a rundown of the fabulous event that was the celebration of Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s final days as a single woman!  I’d like to take this opportunity to wish her and her husband a magical marriage full of love, laughter and all the things they each love – together, and as the gorgeous couple they are! MumptyStyle BBB lineupThe curtain call (left to right) … Glorious Ole, Miss Ooh La La Paree, Ms Tittle Tattle, Leggy Luna Lucy, Di Va, Azure D’Murre, Ruby Spice, Lady Gee, Miss Chevious Cinders, Fiasco Belle, Qteas Teas.

All photos were taken by the magical David Rowe from David Rowe Photography.  Check out David’s website here and his Facebook page here.

And because I can, here is a photo of yours truly on her way to be Door Dolly!  It was so much fun to dress up and to see the rest of the audience dolled up to the nines as well.  I’d like to make special mention of the gentleman dressed in a Steampunk ensemble – he looked fantastic!

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Enjoy …

Mumpty

 

 

 

The A to Z of Burlesque (part two)

The A to Z of burlesque (part two) …

I decided it might be kinda fun to put together an “A to Z” of burlesque in New Zealand. This is part two in the two-part series. Click here for part one (A to M).

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Glamilton burlesque artist Dolly D’Ville at a Dr Sketchy event.

N is for nudity …
While you won’t get full nudity at a burlesque show, you’ll certainly see lots of skin!  Burlesquers very much celebrate the body in all its forms; voluptuous, petite, tall, short, toned, not-toned!  And that, I think, is a very good thing.  As that terrible TV show would say “there’s no shame, we’re all the same!”   

It’s also for the NZ Burlesque Festival – “an annual celebration of all things burlesque – aimed at developing the New Zealand burlesque scene from a community through to a supportive and sustainable industry.”  The NZ Burlesque Festival is presented by Danny Rascal and MisRed and they do an awesome job.  I am SOOOO going next year!  Visit the website here.

O is for OTT! 
Burlesque babes are not known as shrinking violets, although you’d be surprised how many of them get SUPER-nervous before going on stage.  But anyway, most things at a burlesque show will be OTT (over the top!) … the shoes, the hair, the makeup, the eyelashes, the boobs, the costumes, the movements, the facial expressions – all of it!  And it’s “O for oarsome!”  Here Miss Ooh La La Paree demonstrates an OTT facial!MumptyStyle Miss Oooh La La

P is for pasties …
Also known as nipple tassles, these gorgeous, normally sparkly shapes are designed to cover the nipple, thus preserving a burlesque performer’s dignity – although they are notorious for flying off mid-routine, often to great applause!  Pasties come in all shapes and sizes and a lot of effort goes into them!  Check out these oversized crosses worn by Willow Noir during her infamous performance when she won the title of Miss Burlesque NZ 2012.  (Azure D’Murre makes some great pasties by the way.)  This photo was taken by the fabulous Pushing Up Pixels.   MumptyStyle Willow Noir pastiesQ is for queerlesque …
Started by Phlossy Roxx in NZ, Queerlesque is described by Phlossy on her blog as burlesque “by, for and about the queer community. “Queer identities challenge perceptions of gender and sexuality.  Queerlesque provides a safe place for performers of all gender identities, expressions and styles.

R is for raunchy, riveting and racy … 
All of which burlesque is!  A good burlesque show will titillate the senses and leave you wanting more!

S is for stilettos …
I personally don’t know how these girls wear some of the heels they do when they’re dancing, but they seem to be able to!  I must admit though, they do make one’s legs look awesome!  Generally bedazzled in some way, a burlesquer’s shoes are an integral part of a showgirl’s costume. Check out these crystal-encrusted lipstick heels – perfect for burlesque!
MumptyStyle StilettosT is for tassle twirling …
Tassle twirling is the art of making those tassles spin!  You can shimmy, shake, bounce on your toes … whatever it takes to get those tassles spinning!  Azure D’Murre (pictured below) is the best tassle-twirler I know!

MumptyStyle tassle twirling

U is for unique …
Burlesque performers are certainly unique!  An important part of their performance is their ability to bring their own unique character to life on stage.  Many of them go “into character” long before they go on stage and I LOVE watching the transformation.  I’ve talked about it in my post called “Backstage at a burlesque show” – you can read it here.

V is for vixens …
Burlesque babes are some of the sexiest, cleverest, funniest, down-to-earth vixens I know!  I’m so proud to be a small part of the burlesque “scene” here in New Zealand.

W is for wigs …
A burlesque performer’s costume often includes a wig and there are some beautiful ones around.  Here’s Ruby Spice wearing one of her many fabulous wigs!  MumptyStyle Ruby Spice

X is for … x-rated
Which burlesque isn’t really – after all, there’s no nasty displays of “private bits”!  However it is most certainly R18 at times! 

Y is for yawn …
Not that you’d ever need to, but believe me – do NOT EVER get caught yawning at a burlesque show!  You yawn, you get caught, you PAY!  You could well find yourself up on stage performing against your will! 

Z is for Ziegfeld Follies …
OK, not necessarily a well-known one I admit, but “z” is hard!  The Ziegfeld Follies was a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1932 and 1936; of which burlesque was a large part.MumptyStyle Ziegfeld
So there you have it folks; the A to Z of New Zealand burlesque with a few internationals thrown in!)  Click here to read part one.

Love …

Mumpty