Wednesday, August 8, 2007

NYBF Preview - New York Edition, Part One

With the New York Burlesque Festival just a few weekends away and Golden Pastie nomination in effect, let's take a moment to look at some of the talent coming to the festival this year.

Today, part one of the New York City burlesquers:

Albert Cadabra
New York magician Albert Cadabra will be handling hosting duties for the festival this year with a few others. We've already seen a bit of his comedy boylesque performance at this year's Miss Exotic World competition in our past discussion (check the YouTube archives for his epic battle against a Rubik's Cube)
The Crazy Sideshow Magic of Albert Cadabra

Amber Ray
Amber Ray is a fixture of the New York burlesque scene both as a performer with many different groups and model with the Dr. Sketchy Anti-Art School. She is known for her beautifully constructed costume pieces and headdresses. She has even made a garment out of what appears to be bacon.
Amber Ray at performing at the New York Burlesque Festival 2005

Angie Pontani
We've discussed her tribute to Blaze Starr here on the Forum before. Angie is also Miss Cyclone 2007 and one of the World Famous Pontani Sisters (see below).
Image of Angie Pontani

Anita Cookie & Scott Rayow
The duo of Anita Cookie and Scott Rayow have performed and emceed at venues around New York including Pinchbottom Burlesque, Wasabassco Burlesque and Starshine Burlesque.
Image of Anita Cookie & Scott Rayow

Miss Astrid
Miss Astrid is the creator of The Va Va Voom Room and a performer with The Velvet Hammer Burlesque. Besides emceeing her own show in NYC and San Francisco, she has also tackled hosting duties across the country, including the recent Miss Exotic World Pageant in Las Vegas.
The announcement of Miss Exotic World 2007 winners by Miss Astrid and El Vez.

Big Apple Burlesque
Big Apple Burlesque is a new classic burlesque troupe that performs a host of routines accompanied with Broadway quality musicians. Their tribute to film noir, "Last Call at the Starliner Lounge" is the only full length Burlesque Musical on the scene.
A sample of Big Apple Burlesque

Bonnie Dunn
Bonnie Dunn is the creator of Ms Dunn has been performing her cabaret and burlesque act for over a decadent decade. She is the producer and featured performer of the wildly popular New York City burlesque show, Le Scandal Cabaret now playing at The Cutting Room, NYC.
Bonnie Dunn performing with the NYC Blues Devils at a benefit for Coney Island's Mermaid Parade

Clams Casino
New York City burlesque personality Miss Clams Casino has twirled her tassels at some of the finest venues in NYC, including the Slipper Room, Rififi, Galapagos, Coney Island, the Cutting Room and more. Clams has performed in Washington DC, Boston and in Las Vegas as part of Exotic World Weekend.
A short film of Clams Casino performing to Big Long Slidin' Thing

Creamy Stevens
Creamy Stevens co-produces Starshine Burlesque with the fabulous Little Brooklyn. She is a regular performer at the Slipper Room, Le Scandal, Red Hots Burlesque and Coney Island Burlesque on the Beach. Creamy loves rhinestones and a good steak.
Defkon City presents Starshine Burlesque (interview with Creamy Stevens & Little Brooklyn)

Darlinda Just Darlinda
Darlinda Just Darlinda has been working as a Burlesque Performer in New York since 2003. She coined the term "Polyester Performance", an inspiring mixture of Burlesque, Modern Dance, Performance Art, Psychedelic Happening, Comedy Sketch, and Drag Queen Ballet. The Village Voice calls Darlinda a "Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza."
Images of Darlina Just Darlina's various acts

Miss Delirium Tremens
Miss DT performs frequently all around New York City at nights such as Mr. Choad's Upstairs Downstairs and the Hot Box at the Slipper Room, Le Scandal at the Cutting Room, Starshine Burlesque at Rififi, Pinchbottom Burlesque at Collective: Unconscious, and many others. She has also performed in the NY Burlesque Festival, Tease-o-rama, and Miss Exotic World.
Delirium Tremens performs at Miss Exotic World (video in two parts)

Dottie Lux
Member of the troupe Red Hots Burlesque, Dottie performs at such NY venues as Fez Under Time Cafe, Coney Island Side Show, The Supper Club, Slipper Room, NoLa's One Eyed Jacks, the Derby in LA and with bands like Fisherman's Xylophonic Orchestra and The Brimstones. She also organizes monthly clown happenings to places like Anthology Film Archives and the Times Square HoJo's.
Dottie Lux performs at the Coney Island Film Festival Opening Night party

Gal Friday
Gal Friday performs weekly at "KITTY NIGHTS" and produces and performs monthly in The Skullduggery & Skin Show
along with the awesome magic power of Albert Cadabra (see above) at the Palace of Wonders in Washington, DC.
Gal Friday gets "FUNKY" at Kitty Nights

Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon, also known as "The Sultry Siren of Burlesque", began her career by founding the legendary dance troupe The Cantankerous Lollies in 1995. She blends vintage Burlesque style with a unique and suprising element borrowed from the circus' big-top. Her acts never fail to bring down the house, often featuring hula hoop acts, silouhetted glass-balancing acts performed behind muslin screens, impossible contortions, and other sexy stage acrobatics.
Harvest Moon performs at the Slipper Room

Helen Pontani
Helen moved to NYC about 10 years ago to follow her dreams of dancing and traveling the world. She currently shakes it all over the country and beyond with the World Famous Pontani Sisters and is currently working on world domination via tap dance.
Images of Helen Pontani

Jo Boobs
Neo-burlesque star, teacher, blogger, Miss Exotic World judge, producer, expert, costumer, published author, photographer, model... we could go on and on. If you could think of it, Jo Boobs got there first, taught it a new trick or three, sprinkled glitter on it, spanked it and put it to bed.
Jo Boobs official burlesque demo

Jonny Porkpie
The Burlesque Mayor of NYC can be found regularly mixing it up around town with the likes of Pinchbottom Burlesque, Starshine Burlesque and Sweet & Nasty Burlesque, just to name a few. Along with partner-in-crime Nasty Canasta, he holds the Best Duo title from this year's Miss Exotic World pageant.
Jonny Porkpie and Nasty Canasta in the Opening credits to Pinchbottom's Pow! Zap! Boob!

Kissing Cousins
Kissing Cousins Productions NYC is Gigi La Femme and Scarlet Sinclair, burlesque and go-go sensations from the Big Apple, lifelong best friends and blood related cousins. Yes you read right... cousins. Constantly mistaken for twins, these two have wreaked havoc and confusion from coast to coast. Double the sequins! Double the shimmying fringe! Double your pleasure, double your fun!
Gigi and Scarlet performing their infamous tribute to Titanic

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