burlesque at the city winery
May 16, 2010
Earlier in the week I got an email from Doc Wasabassco asking if I could help out at their show on Saturday. This time would not be stage kittening, but rather behind the scenes work to make sure things ran smoothly. Of course I agreed to help and looked forward to the chance to meet and get advice/ hints from more performers backstage, plus see some more great acts!
Doc had told me I wouldn’t have to be dressed up for the show since I wouldn’t be seen, which made the night a little less stressful. I got to the City Winery around 10:30, found the really hidden dressing room in the basement, and started to help out. Compared to other shows I’ve been to, the number of performers at this one was astounding! I went around and introduced myself to the performers I had no met yet, and then started to do my backstage job – trying the CDs to make sure they worked, check the stage, learn how to work the curtain and make sure the performers were on deck when needed. Ends up the band before the burlesque show was The Crash Test Dummies (yes, that band with the guy with the super low sexy voice) so I also cleaned up left over bottles and swept up guitar pics that were left on the stage.
The stage kitten for the night, Hazel Honeysuckle, was very sweet and nice and we struck up a great conversation about transitioning from burlesque student to burlesque performer, showcasing and how to get cheap promotional pictures taken. It also felt good to know some of the performers I had met before remembered me, and Nasty Canasta even complimented my stage name!
One of the fun additions to the striptease ladies was Chris McDaniel, a trick roper who was charasmatic, charming, and put on quite an entertaining act! As for the burlesquers, I could write so much about each performance, but for time’s sake (and to prevent eye strain for you) I’d just talk about Madame Rosebud. In college I studied fine art and fell in love with performance art. I was chosen with three other classmates to perform at the Brick theatre which inspired us to start an underground performance art troupe on campus. Watching Madame Rosebud’s act made me nostalgic for my performance art past. Her act was intense, dark, cryptic, and so different from any other burlesque I’ve seen in person. She threw herself on the stage, she gyrated in the air and did all kinds of dance moves ranging from sexy to jerky and robotic. She began the act completely covered and wore a mask for most of the act. By the time she finally took off the mask and peeled off the tight black ski mask like covering to reveal her blue and turquoise mohawk, my mind was blown (even though I knew the mohawk was there, it was still shocking to see the reveal). Mixing in themes of bondage and kink, her performance left you startled and excited, but also in shock of what you had just experienced. If you ever have the chance to see her perform, I can not recommend it more!
The night seemed to go by so fast and soon it was time to say goodnight. I thanked all the performers and Doc, who said I should do my Wasabassco debut with them soon, and made my way home. I was giddy and my head was spinning from excitement. The experience was fantastic, but I had a busy day on Sunday and needed to get home and sleep!