My next show! My first performance in Christchurch... and 'tis all Hallows Eve, who knows what dark creatures may walk the night...
I'll be performing alongside the ghoulishly attractive ladies from Ayla's Angels Burlesque. Ghosties and monsters shall abound, I cannot wait!
Either $20 general admission or $40 vip (includes vip seat, cocktail and slider)
Doors open 8pm and show starts 8.30pm finishing about 10.30pm.
Tickets available now from Burgers and Beers Inc, Cranford Street store, Christchurch
Seeing as it's Womens Suffrage Day in NZ I'm going to tell you about a conversation I had with my sister about slut shaming, feminism and why I do burlesque performance. We were discussing boobs on the internet, how it seems like A Thing for teenage girls to be encouraged by their peers to sext their boyfriends, but then be shamed by their peers for having pictures of their boobs on the internet (often posted without their consent).
My sister, while being as much outraged by slut shaming as I am, I assume has been wondering why as a feminist and a skilled professional worker I would be ok with and even enjoy making my body publicly visible. My response (not the most eloquent, but fuck it, it's accurate) was this: "yep. and that is why I like to get my boobs out - SEE MY BOOBS? YES YOU DO! THEY ARE AWESOME AND ENJOYING THEM IS NOT SHAMEFUL. WHAT, DO YOU NOT LIKE IT? DO YOU THINK THIS IS SLUTTY? FUCK YOUR FACE! **cue gleeful tassel twirl*** That right there is why I do burlesque."
Burlesque, while being fun, entertaining and playful, does open up dialogue around these issues that affect us all. Having lady parts and enjoying them does not make anyone a lesser person or any less competent in any sphere of their lives. Being a woman is not shameful. Men are not expected to sublimate their sexuality to gain respect in other areas of their life, so neither should you. Get your boobs out if you wanna. Here is Iggy Pop in a dress.
I'm unbelievably honoured to announce that my Teenwolf routine is a finalist in the Favourite Routine category in the Golden Garters. The Golden Garters are the industry nominated awards for New Zealand Burlesque Community, so I'm incredibly grateful to be nominated by my peers for this routine, which, lets face it, is a pretty weird lil act. To make it to the top 3 is such an honour. Teenwolf says awwwwooooo, and thank you from the bottom of her hairy little heart.
It is my great honour to be performing as part of Dixie Evans Week at the Auckland event, at 1885 Britomart, on Saturday 31 August. Please join me in paying tribute to this amazing performer who sadly passed away on August 3rd.
Organised by Miss La Vida and starring: Coney Bow, Cherry Bombshell, Trixxie Vixen, Amourous Ava, Miss Elvis, The Purple Rose, Penny Pins, Dolly DeStory & Miss La Vida. PLUS footage of Dixie's past performances and interviews. There will also be a raffle of an amazing prize pack of burlesque goodies including: pasties by Azure D'Murre, a g-string from Flo Foxworthy, hair pretties by Miss La Belle and stockings from Rita Sue.
From the Dixie Evans Week website:
"Dixie Evans, The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque is the beloved Godmother of the new burlesque movement and during her birth week, performers and burlesque instructors from all over the world will host events, shows and classes to celebrate the life of this burlesque legend and founder of The Miss Exotic World Pageant. With shows and classes already confirmed in NYC, LA, Dallas, Toronto, Australia and more, this is going to be a bawdy burlesque-packed week in honor of Dixie Evans. Help us honor the woman who kept burlesque alive and helped make the resurgence the wild success that it is!
With the passing of Dixie Evans on August 3rd, 2013, Dixie Evans Week will now become a celebration to honor the memory and celebrate the life of one of our most cherished legends. All funds raised during Dixie Evans Week through online funding, live shows and classes will be used to cover the costs of outstanding medical bills and preparations for Dixie's final accommodation. "
Tickets $10 on the door (cash only)
Raffle tickets $5 each or 5 for$20 (cash only)
Friday 26 July I'm heading down to Glamilton for Dr Sketchy!
It's going to be a wonderful evening of Americana featuring some amazing performers (look at the line-up - how fabulous!!), plus you get to drink delicious beer and sketch your little hearts out!
I'm rather excited, it's the first show I'm headlining for! Will have to bring some extra POW especially!
Friday 26 July
Dr Sketchy Glamilton
Altitude Bar, 30 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
BYO art supplies
I had the best time in Melbourne at the Australian Burlesque Festival, taking part in the Baby Bombshells show and being a whoopin' and hollerin' audience member at Nouvelle Royale & The Big Tease. So incredibly inspiring, I can't wait for next year!
I had an amazing night getting my grrrrr on as Teenwolf at Baby Bombshells, I got to share a stage with a whole bunch of wonderful Aussie ladies and even ended up being one of the runners up.
Amazed and awed by the talent of these performers and can't wait to see them perform again, hopefully sometime soon.
This was my favourite judge's comment from Baby Bombshells on my Teenwolf act:
"Loved it; very funny, a bit weird but that's what you wanted, right?" - Cassandra Jane
This Saturday 11 May I'll be howlin' for you at 1885 Britomart! It's Lady Luck burlesque night and I'll be performing alongside the divine Miss La Vida and saucy minx Cherry Bombshell. So you know there's gonna be so much hotness it'll melt your face off.
$10 on the door, starts 10pm.
The countdown is on!!! I've been lucky enough to be accepted into the Baby Bombshells (Newcomers) show in the Australian Burlesque Festival. So in June I'll be packing up my costume for my favourite act and will be winging my way to Melbourne. I am already so freakin' excited!!! So for the next month, in between shows, I'll be honing my routine and glueing rhinestones to everything I can. I can't wait to check out the Melbourne scene and see some amazing international performers, I've already got my tickets to The Big Tease and Nouvelle Royale! There's a small posse of NZ performers crossing the ditch to perform, looking forward to see them all shine in Australia. Melbourne friends, see you all soon! xA
It was a spectacular night at Miss Burlesque 2013 in the town hall concert chamber, Auckland! All the performances were of such a high standard and it was a pleasure to perform alongside such a wonderful bunch of guys and gals. Congratulations to Mo-Cachino and MisRed who took out the titles! Some amazing and inspiring performances took place, and it was a treat to share a (huge by burlesque standards) stage with all of the gorgeous creatures who took part. Can I say what a delight it was to see the Boylesquers taking part as well? Ima gonna say it - it was awesome! As a bonus I was lucky enough to take out the Sponsor Choice award with my Teenwolf act. Awoooooooo! I am such a happy lil' wolfling.
It's just over one week to Miss Burlesque New Zealand! I'm a contestant this year so this week I shall be in a whirlwind of practice and final costume tweaks. Come on down to the gorgeous Concert Chamber at Auckland Town Hall Saturday 13 April to have myself and a bevvy of other smoking hot performers entertain and delight you. There will be fantastic local and international performers as well as the competitors, and at the end of the night they'll be crowning Miss & Mr Burlesque New Zealand! I have a very exciting act prepared, I can't wait! See you there! x Ava