Burlesco Notturno ECCENTRICO
Burlesco Notturno returns to Open Space for Arts & Community with a Vashon-style eccentric mix of classic, camp and gender-bending burlesque sexiness, with a pair of bowling ball juggling Siamese twins, a bit of samba heat and much, much more.
The Open Space stage will be graced with two principal dancers from Sinner Saint Burlesque: 'The Modern Sexual Intellectual' Jesse Belle-Jones and the comedic melodrama-inspired Lady Tatas. Joining them are world-wide favorites The Bellini Twins with their inspired idiocy, along with samba superstar Molly Shannon and acro-duo Catching Mischief.
The Love Markets return to fill the space with the sound of Weimar Berlin, with songs old and new springing from that era of decadent, gorgeous, absurd freedom. Burlesco Notturno ECCENTRICO is hosted as ever by the infamous Mme X (played by Janet McAlpin) and her Lawyer (played by the infamous David Godsey).
Jesse Belle-Jones, "The Modern Sexual Intellectual", cut her burlesque teeth in 2007 while completing her graduate studies at the University of Washington, and is currently a principal dancer and co-producer with Sinner Saint Burlesque. She is also a co-producer of the Seattle chapter of Naked Girls Reading. Jesse performs and produces shows across the country and in Europe. Recently returned from two months abroad in the cast of "The Sacred and the Profane" with Sinner Saint Burlesque (Brick House, London), she has also appeared in Carolee Schneeman's "Within and Beyond the Premises" (Henry Art Gallery, Seattle) and "The Beebo Brinker Chronicles Pulp Cabaret" (ACT Theatre, Seattle).
Lady Tatas has been twirling around Seattle since 2007, and has been teasing internationally with the established troupe Sinner Saint Burlesque since 2009. "The Debutante of Derriere" approaches the medium of burlesque with camp and extravagance, dabbling in comedy, melodrama, and golden age refinement. She credits the root of her inspiration to Lucille Ball, John Waters' films, golden-age musicals, and drag culture. Lady Tatas is here to awaken sensuality, inspire questioning, and evoke a glimmer of laughter in her audience As well as assist you in the appreciation of the female form!
The Bellini Twins have one of the highest LPMs (laughs per minutes) of any physical comedy group. From the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to the 2010 "Planetary Carnival of Stage Direction" at the Russian State Circus in St. Petersburg via the Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Vegas, the Bellini Twins have continuously been the funniest part of every show they have been in. The Seattle Times describes them as: "Inspired idiocy taken to new heights."
Molly Shannon is one half of the Vashon Island based comedy team, Duo Finelli. In addition to the clowning and vaudeville work she does with Duo Finelli, she has been a principal dancer with the San Francisco based samba group, Aquarela, for the past 5 years. Aquarela is one of the original groups in the United States to focus on and present authentic Rio de Janeiro style samba, and has received numerous awards for its representations of Brazilian culture. You can find out more at www.duofinelli.com.
THE LOVE MARKETS offer an evocative and wickedly beautiful vision of a world in which we are all on the market, looking for love against a backdrop of loss, greed, and political corruption. This August, the acclaimed Weimar-inspired cabaret band released their debut CD "World Of Your Dreams", lauded by Seattle Magazine as "Irresistible... Intoxicating theatricality... A deliciously dark carnival." Lighting the way through the shadows with a glittering path of songs about art, war, whores, sailors and sausages, the Love Markets mix the eerie beauty of 1920s Berlin with down-and-dirty blues, painting pulp heroines into a hobo's dream of accordion and trombone. Since the band's genesis in 2008, the Love Markets have donned their well-worn uniforms of military lingerie for sellout shows at ACT, SAM, and Seattle International Cabaret Festival while also performing for TV's ArtZone, City Arts Fest, Town Hall, Seattle Men's Chorus, the Gregory Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and Open Space's Burlesco Notturno, where they are delighted to return. The Love Markets are: Angie Louise (vocals, songs, keys); Robertson Witmer (accordion); David Marriott Jr. (trombone); Dave Pascal (bass); and Chris Monroe (drums).
Janet McAlpin (Mme X, Founder of Open Space, Artistic Director & Producer of Burlesco Notturno): Janet trained for two years at the School of Jacques LeCoq (Paris, France), co-founded UMO Ensemble and has been teaching, directing and performing physical theater for over 23 years. Janet has taught clown theater at Freehold Studio and Naropa Institute (Boulder, Co). She has directed UMO and Circus Contraption and other small groups. She has performed various characters on different apparatus (Hoops, trapeze, globes and stilts) at Teatro Zinzani, Cirque du Flambe, the Moisture Festival and with UMO Ensemble. Her most recent creative endeavors have ranged from writing and performing Red Tiger Tales with UMO to creating a duet clown trapeze act with David Godsey and an apple.
David Godsey (Her Lawyer, Founder of Open Space) is a graduate of the Professional Training Program at the Circle in the Square in New York and the Laboratory of Movement Studies at Ecole LeCoq in Paris. Since co-founding UMO in 1987, the Ensemble has been the primary focus and outlet for his performance work. Most recently David was lead artist for UMO's Final Broadcast (2007). He also directed the creation of UMO's Millennium Circus (1999) as well as Birth, Love, Death and Re-Birth (1996), a collaboration with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Outside of UMO, David works with his partner Janet to create and perform original character clown pieces, including some on aerial apparatus. His teaching credits include Naropa Institute in Boulder, Freehold in Seattle, and several other colleges and universities. He also serves as an artist for the Vashon Artists in the Schools program.
Open Space for Arts & Community (View)
18870 103rd Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070
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