- Published on Sunday, 22 July 2012 01:44
- Category: Burlesque
Blue Morris Productions presents MOTOWN BURLESQUE:
Open Call for Proposals by Ruthe Ordare on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:19pm
Connie Cahoots and Ruthe Ordare are looking for some rad performers to join us for a MOTOWN themed Burlesque show!
Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself:
"What is it?"
A sexy throw back to the artists of Motown: Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder -- you get the idea! Performers will be performing 1-2 acts with a live band to a song of their choice and participating in a group number.
This is a paid gig.
"When is it?"
We will be staging the show October 4th or 5th, 2012. Date to be confirmed shortly.
Performers will also need to be available a few nights in August and September for the group number choreography and rehearsals with the band. These dates are TBD. Please consider your schedule before applying if you have commitments to other shows.
"This sounds like pure awesome sauce! What do you need from me?"
Right now we're looking for your ideas -- please submit the following:
- Your song choice (and artist). Please note we are looking for songs by artists that were specifically under the Motown label. Check out this site for some ideas: http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_songs-motown.html, **Hint: we are looking for upbeat, faster songs**
- Your concept/theme for your number (tempo/style/innovative ideas/etc).
- Your costume (colour/style/etc) and a picture if you already have it made (you can use costumes from other acts).
- Any schedule limitations for the month of August and September.
- Send them to rutheordare at yahoo dot ca
We are also accepting applicants for the position of stage sweeper.
Applicants may submit 1-2 performance proposals. They can be new numbers or numbers you have already staged.
Applicants may be asked to perform one or both of their numbers. Please indicate if you only wish to perform one number. You will still be involved in the group number.
We hope that we can stage this show more than once, so if you are not chosen for the October gig, we may contact you for a future show. We have limited spots available for this show.
This call is open to both established and emerging local performers, can’t want to hear your ideas!
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL NO LATER THAN SATURDAY JULY 28TH, 2012.
- Published on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 07:29
- Category: Music and Guitar Blog
Here's a lesson I need to learn. The past 12 months have been pure busy-ness. Insanity really. I worked, of course, as a guitar teacher, I produced six hugely successful burlesque shows, I was on the board of directors for the the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, I performed as a guitarist in numerous gigs in Vancouver, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, and of course there were many of life's other usual commitments.
I don't regret it -- I lost an unsupportive girlfriend, but then gained a supportive one. And I have been told that I have achieved more in 12 months than most people do in five years.
But now I am taking a break.
Here's a quote from an article by Tim Kreider called The Busy Trap (thanks go to the supportive girl who sent it to me):
"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets.
"The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration -- it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done."
- Published on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 05:36
- Category: Burlesque
Blue Morris and Connie Cahoots are planning a "Burly-Q Barbeque" for the Vancouver Burlesque Community.
Remember those days when families and companies had annual picnics? We want to have the same for this family!
WHO: Burlesque performers, producers, fans, friends, and spouses are all welcome. We would especially like to encourage newer performers to come out and get to know more of the people in this wonderful community.
WHAT: There will be no performances, just a time for all of us to get together and have some relaxed fun eating, drinking (discretely), playing games, sharing upcoming plans, and enjoying time with each other without being at a show.
We will bring a small barbecue, some food and snacks, hula hoops, and frisbees. Please consider bringing your own food and beverages as we will have a limited supply.
There will be a prize for the winners of a 3-legged race. How corny! I know eh!?
WHEN: Saturday August 11th starting at 3pm.
WHERE: Locarno Beach (4445 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver). We will put up some pink balloons when we get there so you can find us.
DRESS: There is no dress code. Dress however you like.
RSVP:Please RSVP on the Facebook invite.
- Published on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:37
- Category: Burlesque
We received a glowing review from Burlesque Stars blogger April O'Peel for our Beatles Burlesque production in the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.
O'Peel writes, "This show was flawless in my mind and special shout outs to Melody Mangler, Violet Femme, Calamity Kate for coming so far and being so damn awesome. I also definitely need to mention Connie Cahoots as being a stellar host! I absolutely loved her characters and skits which really helped the production feel like a production."
The entire night was a big success, indeed the entire weekend was! And I do have to say that the Beatles Burlesque band were particularly rocking that night.
One of my personal highlights that night was performing "Helter Skelter" with burlesque by Melody Mangler. This girl is always "on," and heck was she ever that night. The song itself is so wild, and her playfullness on stage matched the band's energy perfectly. At one point in the song she danced towards my side of the stage, gave me a look, and then sent a giant kick of her leg in my direction.
This was totally unscripted, and her kick smashed my music stand over and sliding several feet away. Not that it mattered. There was just the setlist on it. I think we have to make this a part of the show from now on.
I played my guitar so hard for that song, afterwards I looked down at my pick and I found that I had broken it in half. I've never done that before.
Thanks to everone who was a part of the show!