Journal Entry #701
November 30th, 2012
I recently moved to Kamloops B.C. from Ontario to start my life over, a new place and new people. One of the things to do while healing is to get out as much as you can so I promised myself to try and get out and just explore the world. I am a documenter and I love documenting life. I do this through the many art forms I enjoy. This is how we share our life’s with others, capturing those moments in time.
One night in June I was walking down town on a Thursday night and I saw the sign for the burlesque troupe. I had an idea of what it was but truly I really did not know. I decided what the hell let’s go see it. $5.00 later I was in for a great night.
Of course every guy thinks that it is all about the stripping but being an artist I had the idea there would be art to it. I was wrong it is not about the stripping at all.
A parody or comically exaggerated imitation of something, esp. in a literary or dramatic work.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlesque for more info on what it is..
It is about expressing one’s self through art and having an audience enjoy and be part of this expression.
I saw a great show with comedy, skits, magic and music. I loved it.
I laughed, I was enthralled, I was waiting with anticipation for the next act. What would it be?
I asked some questions later talked with some of the troupe and found out they were a group of people who were excited about what they were doing, loved to perform and were dedicated to what they were doing.
A bio given to me by;
AKA Lizzie Borden
Kamloops Burlesque Monthly showcase was started in January 2011 by Vain Calamity Jane. Vain Calamity Jane has now moved to Vancouver but still joins us as a special guest performer from time to time. The KBMS is currently produced by Lizzie Borden and Corrie Tucker. Since its inception the show has featured a huge variety of local and out of town talent. We showcase Burlesque performers, singers, dancers, belly dancers, magicians, comedians, sideshow performers, and more!
Kamloops Burlesque was started to fill an empty niche in the Kamloops performing arts scene, and has been tremendously successful since the beginning. Our show has a large support network of performers, an MC, musicians, and a backstage crew. A typical show has a minimum of 2 dozen people working together to make the show happen. Shows generally have 12-16 acts.
Local acts often come to us fully prepared, but we also have performers who offer classes to produce more awesome acts! This means our wonderful little burlesque community is growing and becoming more dynamic. Miss Coco Crème offers Burlesque Classes and Gilda Lily offers Chorus Girl Classes.
The Kamloops Burlesque Monthly Showcase focuses on fun and sexiness as well as empowerment. Our performers come from all walks of life and all body shapes and sizes. We aren`t focused on promoting the false expectations of perfection by the media. Our show is about rocking what you got!
Kamloops Burlesque is produced with the amazing support of the Blue Grotto who provides our venue.
The Kamloops Burlesque face book page.
I salute you guys and thank you for the 2 evenings of pure enjoyment I have been privy to. Carry on in your greatness and keep growing. You have my support and respect.
A video I took of a performance, now it is on their FB page so you might have to join to see it but I guarantee it is worth it.
Kamloops Burlesque night November 9th 2012
I salute you in pictures. Here is a sample of the great night I enjoyed and please come out and support them. You will not regret the evening.