Act development progress report

by Violet 19. October 2010 19:08

I'm going to start posting update reports about how new routines are coming along. Finished routines will won't be making an appearance.

The Mechanic's Dilema - Set to Abney Park's Until the Day You Die. The mechanic has to the get the wireless transceiver working before things get worse on her airship and they're already hot enough. The costume is in progress and the flight suit is being modified for easy removal. Status: In choreography.

The Wind Up Doll - I performed this piece at BurlyCon 2010 during the Friday Night Peer Review. Feedback was collected, changes are in progress. The skirt for the piece is almost finished and wasn't in a state. The music in the piece is Beats Antique's Revival. The short period of time this doll has to discover herself. Status: In revision.

Unnamed - The Propellerhead's History Repeating provides the drive to this piece about exploring neo-burlesque. Status: Planning

Unnamed - Beats Antique's Spiderbite creates the atmosphere of this unnamed weird west themed piece. Status: Conception

Unnamed - Squirrel Nut Zipper's Blue Angel, a piece about love and loss. Status: Conception

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Dancing bliss with two favorites but never mind the obsession

by Violet 2. September 2010 03:45

Last night at my dance class, where we learn American Tribal Style Belly Dance, we drilled two favorite moves, the Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turns and the Ghawazee Combo. These two moves have a very different feel between then, but they compliment each other nicely. These moves also leave me grinning like a kid.

The Arabic Shimmy with Arms and Turns is a pair of 8 count moves performed on the ball of the feet. Likewise, the four components of the Ghawazee Combo are also 8 counts, flat to audience with a wide, flat footed, almost earthy kind of dramatic shimmy, turning to each side of the box with the same wide shimmy, back to the flat front, and finally the half turns on the diagonal.

Last night, on the way home from class, not long after I left the building, my phone played a song I’ve wanting to perform to. It’s almost as if Mo, my phone, was paying attention in class, because it played that song.

I’ve admitted before that I evaluate my based on two requirements: I either belly dance to it, strip to it, or better still, do both. I’ve also admitted that I can be something of a fan girl too. I love it when these two intersect like this.

The song in question is Abney Park’s “Under the Radar”. Since I’ve wanting to dance to this song for a while and even envisioned using these very same moves, I figured I’d spend some quality time with continuous-repeat. What I discovered is that music breaks down neatly into blocks of 32 counts, or the length of doing the Ghawazee Combo from start to finish.

I want to see where this goes and how it turns out. Either way, it promises to be fun.


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Is this a sad reflection?

by Violet 3. June 2010 02:04

It's really kind of funny these days. I was talking to a friend, and cohort in the passion of burlesque about what music we listen to and how we go about figuring out whether or not we like it. What she said really resonated with me on a couple of levels. We were talking about a certain piece of music, the name of which escapes me now, but she said to me,"I like that song, but the big question is can I strip to it?"

The statement made sense, to a degree, but there was more to it as far as I was concerned, but I am a more sophisticated person than someone who asks if she can strip to a piece of music. So I can take some solace in that fact. I am a more sophisticated person. I judge music on whether or not I can belly dance to it and whether I can strip to it.

See? Look at that sophistication right there. More...

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Reflections on Saturday and homework for the road ahead...

by Violet 12. March 2010 08:24

Last Saturday, the 6th of March, I competed in the Emerald Rain Bellydance Competition, doing my bellydance-burlesque fusion piece, "My Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Strip Tease Minus the Strip Tease Because It's a Family Show." (When Melody read that, the room broke up into laughter. Score!) I didn't place, and from what I understand, I was edged out of 4th place by a mere 10 points. Three of the five judges gave me excellent feedback and apparently, one thought I had publicly performed once before. One judge even said she wanted to see the piece after working on it some more.

Over all, I am feeling much better about Saturday. Direct link to the video.

So now, looking towards the future, I have some homework: I need to pick one song and only one song to develop another routine for. This is torture, I say! Making me pick one song! It's torture because I have so many ideas at the moment.

So I figure we can parade a few out and see what people think.

First up, my first concept was for the Coin Operated Girl to Beats Antique's "Dope Crunk". (Finding a good YouTube video with decent audio of this song was definitely a trick!)

I toyed with the idea of "Under the Radar" by Abney Park, but I think I'd rather put together a troupe performance to this song, rather than a solo piece. I think it would work much better in such an environment.

However, the idea of doing a bellydance-burlesque fusion piece to "Until the Day You Die" is still a strong way to go, if you ask me. Of course, I'd have to learn the Charleston so I could integrate it into the routine, but I fail to see a downside to that.

On the drive home from class, I just had to go through my bellydance playlist and see what else popped out at me. The CD Single version of Loreena McKennitt's "The Mummer's Dance" struck a chord with me. This is close to that version, but not quite. Speaking of mixes, Rob D's "Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Mix)" is another I'm toying with.

So my dilemma is what do I choose? I have a week to pick one.

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