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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
6:14 pm
Channel 4 / alternative cabaret
Hello all,

I'm working on a new Channel 4 talent show and am looking for exciting new acts from the alternative cabaret scene (and what a scene it is!)

I'd love to hear your recommendations for 'weird and wonderful' variety performers (along the lines of 'Busty Heart') for a potential feature on the show. Or maybe you just know someone with an amazing party trick - no act is too crazy!

Do let me know your thoughts. Cheers,


Current Mood: happy
Sunday, January 17th, 2010
3:12 pm
Friday, February 1st, 2008
1:44 pm
Exciting New Gypsy Band
The Magic Tombelinos - a 6 piece gypsy band led by the virtuosic Alejandro Toledo (who has studied with Fanfare Cioccarlia) have been asked to play an extra date at The Vortex next tuesday, after selling out the venue last night:
Thursday, December 6th, 2007
7:19 pm
The Scottish Juggling Convention 2008

*The Scottish Juggling Convention 2008*


Where: Kinning Park, Glasgow and Bellahouston Academy
When: 1-3rd February 2008
Who: Hosted by Glasgow Juggling Club
What: A full weekend of workshops, practice space, public show, renegade
show, fire show, traders, games, World Record Haggis Juggling, ceilidh,
dinner, breakfast....and introducing our new special feature...
*SHOWERS!!* at the day venue

How much: £32 for adults (£26 if you pre-reg), £20 for 7-17yr olds (£17
if you pre-reg) and under 7s free

Show: Line up to be finalised. Currently Luke Wilson, Sean Blue, Marco
Bonissimo and Jeroen Regtien, Meghan Pike, Sarah Bizkup and Tom Derrick
have all confirmed. More acts in the pipeline.


Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
7:28 pm
Masha Era - Non Existense. Performance
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Masha Era– Non-existence is an electronic musical performance produced with the collaboration of acclaimed Russian electronic musician Ilia Shapovalov. Progressive house, techno and electro rhythms come along with cabaret visual acts.

Masha ERA is a lyrical artist who creates and performs tragic, grotesque and comic songs.

Over the past five years, Masha has transversed the cutting-edge of visual art and non-traditional theatre.

Her show is close to theatre performance, making use of the latest interactive methods and technologies in visual art.

Non-existence is a video installation where a white girl appears and sings a fairy lullaby in a black room-cube. Any person entering this cube feels himself out of time and space and his own introspection.

Les fleurs mortes is a nostalgic video take of etalons and images from the beginning of the last century. Though now dead, the models retain an immense beauty.

Having visited a number of contemporary theatre festivals in France, Masha has been inspired and worked with illustrious famed theatrical reformers and cult figures, including director of le Citron Jeaun art-lab Bruno Schnebelin, founder of fairy Snow show Slava Polunin, AKHE Russian engineering theatre.

Masha ERA – Non-existence is an electronic musical performance produced with the collaboration of acclaimed Russian electronic musician Ilia Shapovalov. Shapovalov is considered to be one of Russia’s most inventive contemporary musicians with a trademark style that incorporates progressive house, techno and electro rhythms. His music draws from material the world over and is presented together with original video art screen installations.


Music and video:

Masha Era in MySpace

Masha Era's LastFM page
Monday, June 25th, 2007
6:01 pm
Performance Art, Cabaret and Burlesque Night
Showroom 3 Presents:


A live art and performance event transgressing notions of cabaret, variety, burlesque, drag.

Taking place at the Geisha Lounge, Hockley, Nottingham.

Doors 7.30, performances 8pm to midnight; trans-cabaret club 12am-2am.

Monday 2nd July.

Audiences are encouraged to dress to impress in vintage, burlesque or drag.


With featured performance artists Annette Foster, Tom Marshman, Benjamin Mitchell, Katherine Nolan, Rachel Parry, Jiva Parthipan, Lazlo Pearlman and
Sam Rose.

Alongside special guests the Deville Dolls British Burlesque Troupe and DJ Lord Ivor Hardshafte Gramophonic/ Jukebox Master who will be playing the finest tunes from the 1920’s-1950’s.

more details under cutCollapse )
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
10:32 pm
Pasties: x-posted
Does anyone know how to make them? I've googled for instructions but no luck :(

(The reason is because I want to make my own designs -for me to wear myself, rather than to sell-which I don't see anyone selling, not because I am a cheapskate.)

Any help would be appreciated...oh, and being a vegan, I won't buy do-it-yourself kits that contain leather.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
3:07 pm
The Rhinestone Pages
Hi there,

The Professional Burlesque Society wants to personally invite you to

list yourself in the debut issue of The Rhinestone Pages. That is if

you haven't already.

This full-color directory lists both burlesque performers (soloists

and troupes) and vendors who offer essential goods every burlesque queen (or king!) needs.

Being listed is free! Please visit www.BurlesqueSociety.org and click

on "The Burlesque Directory" to enter your information. Want to

spice up your listing? Add a photograph for only $10 ($15 for

non-members). Advertising space (1/4-, 1/2- and full-page ads) is

also available for a reasonable fee.

To be a comprehensive directory we need you!
Please take a moment to share you fabulousness with the world!

Thank you for your time.


The Professional Burlesque Society

P.S This is cross posted to other burlesque communities - sorry to those who get it more than once.
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
3:13 pm
The Apocalypse Gameshow
Here's a little video from the premiere of The Apocalypse Gameshow:

Monday, February 12th, 2007
2:20 pm
Friday, January 26th, 2007
10:21 pm
Burlesque Magazines in the UK??
I am on the search for a burlesque magazine available within the UK. I am interested in the Burlesque scene and as I live in the UK it makes sense for me to be looking at what artists we have right here in the UK and learn more about venues here etc. So if anyone can help I would be most grateful! Thank you!
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
3:08 pm
Professional Burlesque Society
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are pleased to announce the debut of The Professional Burlesque Society's 2007/2008 Rhinestone pages! This full-color directory lists both burlesque performers (soloists and troupes) and vendors who offer essential goods every burlesque queen (or king!) needs.

We are now collecting information from vendors and performers who wish to be listed in this directory.   You do not have to be a member of the Professional Burlesque Society to be listed but member listings are highlighted.

Member or not, being listed is free! Please visit www.BurlesqueSociety.org and click on "The Burlesque Directory" to enter your information.   Want to spice up your listing? Add a photograph for only $10 ($15 for non-members).  Advertising space (1/4-, 1/2- and full-page ads) is also available for a reasonable fee.

The Professional Burlesque Society appreciates the time and effort each of you has put into their craft and the Burlesque world at large.  We look forward to assisting you in making the connections that will help you all improve your craft.

Thank you for your time.

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
4:29 pm
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
6:15 pm
The Bohemianauts vs The Flash Monkey
This wednesday, the 20th December, The Bohemianauts will be playing once more at Kinky Mambo(145 Upper Street, 9.30pm, Free entry), with the added bonus that the bar will be hosting the Xmas party for The Flash Monkey burlesque crew - so expect an extra dresy night with those Flash Monkey boys playing a set, as well as The Bohemianauts.
We're doing the next two wednesdays as well, so get on down and come and say "Hi!"
Monday, December 11th, 2006
2:16 pm
The Bohemianauts - twice this week!
Yes it's true -
Two opportunities to see The Bohemianauts this week:

Wed 13th at Kinky Mambo, 145 Upper Street Islington
9pm Free!

and for thos who can't make it out on a school night:

Sat 16th at The Ivy House, Stuart Road, Nunhead SE15 5BE
7.30 - 2pm £6/£4concessions
- This one is a dress-up-dandy Cabaret night with a whole host of Fantastic acts, and we'll be playing at 11ish, with a much augmented line-up (extra, sax and double bass).
See you there!
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
1:22 pm
New Member
Name: Ella

Location: Southampton termtime, Kent otherwise

Are you a performer? - I perform hoop! I've been hooping for a while now, and have started doing routines and stuff now. I can also juggle and poi a little.

favourite sort of performance: ones which are well choreographed and skillful - i love seeing circus skills in action. Ones which show character.

Idol: Napoleon

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, November 13th, 2006
4:32 pm
The Bohemianauts
After a satisfyingly silly first outing last week, the fresh new duo The Bohemianauts return to Kinky Mambo on Wednesday 15th November.
Mixing the box-squeezing, song-bellowing talents of my "good" self with the walkabout sax honking, russian singing and tango dancing absurdities of my old mate Andy we promise to entertain you for a good hour and a half from 9pm or thereabouts...
Come to Kinky Mambo, 144 Upper Street and pay nothing to get in!
See you there..?
Monday, November 6th, 2006
8:07 pm
The Bohemianauts

The Bohemianauts - Songs of Unrequited Dread

8th November 7.30-10PM

Kinky Mambo
144-145 Upper St, Islington, London 

This unconventional duo features singer/accordionista from
Tom Baker, and saxophonist and leader of the Big Buzzard Boogie Band,
Williamson. Their repertoire of Chansons Franglais, Cabaret Noir and
Lounge Trash sits somewhere between Gogol Bordello, The Tiger Lillies,
Tom Waits, and yet is something altogether different.

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
2:20 pm
Vaudevillian musings
    So here we are in the naughty noughties, increasingly awash with all things burlesque, vaudevillian and generally va va voom...a time of glamour (I love the derivation of this word - a magic spell) and illusion. Just trawl through MySpace and you can see how popular all this is.
Several years ago a piece of  newspaper astrology (an end of the year piece in The Independant, I think) made the point that we should expect an upswelling of decadence and high times as we step into this new century, and boy, has it been bourne out. The last time I went to the Glastonbury Festival (this would be back in 2000), I was glad to see the beginnings of all this, with Lost Vagueness spawning a trend of mud-spattered ballgowns and tattered top hat 'n tails - as someone who'd been wearing ruffled shirts to perform in at festies since '98, it was a relief not to be the only one constructively overdressed.
Awash with all this now (although strangely alienated from the scene, living in Clermont Ferrand, as I do), I begin to muse on its meaning . Do we search for release? Voyeuristic/exhibitionist thrills? Is it an escape from the increasingly repressive environment of le monde quotidien, or can it become a real challenge to the status quo? Will we end up like the MC in the final scene of Cabaret, singing to an audience of Brownshirts?
I suppose what I'm asking is - where's the radical content? Beyond the shock value? Don't get me wrong - I genuinely don't know where to look - I'm sure this stuff is out there somewhere. It's just that my intuition tells me that a good deal of the scene is ducking the issues (or simply not concerned with them), and I'm interested in communicating with those of you out there who really want to shape this emerging (or reviving) artform into something with a little more punch, more poetry...
I'm reminded of John Fox, writing in Engineers of The Imagination:
"...carnival can all too easily be a surrogate revolution, a placebo used to purge and pacify resistance to oppression, with no real impact on the dominant order"
Any thoughts?
Monday, June 5th, 2006
11:38 am
New Member
Hi, i'm pretty new to this whole live journal thing, but it seems pretty good, and this is an interesting community! I currently work as a performer, and am still educating myself more and more in the art of performance. I'm currently studying Performing Arts at Exeter College, which is where i found out about Music Hall, Vaudeville and Burlesque, and i think there should be more of it in this country!

Name: Matt Pang

Location (more specific than "UK" please!): Exeter, Devon

Are you a performer? If so, what do you do? Juggler, Manipulation, Street Theatre, Mime

What's your favourite sort of performance? I like Street Theatre a lot, but also enjoy performing on stage. I really enjoy well choreographed tidy stage routines, with lots of character!

Who are your idols? Bobby May, Ben Smalls, Francis Brunn, Marcel Marceau, to name but a few!

Any favourite quotes? "Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?" - Marcel Marceau 1923 - French Mime Artist

Anything else you'd like to tell us: I'm usually working on a few projects and getting creative, new routines and pieces of materials etc... check out my Journal to see what i'm working on at the moment, i'll try to keep upto date!

Current Mood: cheerful
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