Burlesque Idol season has started again. I had expected the Burlesque to be of a really huge standard, but I wasn’t prepared for amazing it was going to be.
Right from the word go the quality was outstanding, the spectacle made my head hurt, from the first competitor to the Judge’s performance. The performance of the Judge Dave the Bear made my eyes bleed a bit and it is good to see a bloke who is as hairy as me take to the stage sans kit.
If you haven’t been to Burlesque Idol, why not? The next show is the 4th Feb and you really need to look at yourself very hard if you are considering not going.
The Winner: Matteo Cruciani
And finally, possibly the funniest rugby player alive
At the end of last year I shot some Burlesque at a stunning cabaret in Frankfurt. The Burlesque star, was my friend Coco Nobel. She is awesome on stage and she is building up a stunning reputation in the UK and Germany.
If you get the chance to see her performing, go and see her, she’s brilliant:
What can I say, there have been a couple of significant graduations this year. One being my own graduation from University with a Phd in German films, (Yes really, ask me about it), and the far more significant House of Burlesque academy graduation.
The show at the Rolling Stock bar Shoreditch is one of the highlights of the year. This small venue rocks with Burlesque energy as the graduates, students and former students mingle together to watch the awesome show.
The graduate shows, were some of the best I have seen. You should look out for the next show and go, go, go.
Ok, yes I know that Fleet St, is now just a street without any newspapers on it, but the excitement of getting your photos into a Fleet St national newspaper is very strong. This week, it happened not just once but twice. Well on the website anyway.
This week was the Final of Burlesque Idol took place on Friday and the pics will follow. On Friday Tempest Rose, the owner of the House of Burlesque and awesome producer of Burlesque Idol contacted me and asked if I could process some of the Burly Idol shots on the evening of the show.
So while waiting for the 03.30 train from Paddington home I was to be seen sitting in my large warm overcoat processing the best photos from the show. Tempest had also sent the paper a couple of the shots. I had taken from earlier shows.
The late evening paid off, the photos went over to Tempest at 05.00 when I could get back on the wifi. The results speak for themselves:
Saturday saw me taking pictures at an utterly spellbinding event. The London Poetry Brothel’s Wildean evening, with poetry, music, mystery and absinthe. The poetry brothel is an outstanding experience, and it possibly the most sensual thing that I have ever been involved in. The costumes are visually stunning, the poetry accessible and exciting and the atmosphere of the Arts Theatre in London makes your skin tingle.
The most stunning part of the evening are the private poetry readings. It is difficult to describe how it feels to have poetry recited at you while you are blind folded so you will have to go to the next event to find out what it is like.
It is an event not to be missed under any circumstances.
I have embedded the Brothel’s FB page so that you can see the event in the round.
As you can see I have got a bit behind on my posts.
October Burlesque Idol was an astounding event, there are no words really. The spectacle and the power of the performances was just amazing. How can you describe the show? Frankly, I don’t know but I do know that a picture tells a thousand words so lets stop talking and start showing the pics.
The winner Lady Fitz Von Tits
The runner up Miranda Lee
The amazing House of Burlesque Dancer Trixie Trix
The extremely flexible Lady FTP
This is my fave pic of the whole evening Miranda Lee again
And now you can see the whole set of pics – just click on the image below to see the whole set.
Hot, Steamy and full of excitement, and that was just the Hippodrome theatre, July saw the latest heat of Burlesque Idol. With only one more heat before the final the pressure was on for the performers to secure their place in November’s prestigious competition.
The competition was amazing, some of the acts were former House of Burlesque school of Burlesque graduates, some came from Burlesque circuits around the country. All of them were utterly amazing.
I particularly liked Purisa Kat’s amazing reverse strip
And Champagne Bubble’s political Burlesque.
These acts really caught my attention and the crowd really caught on quickly to what they were trying to say.
For shear chutzpah Petit Pois really stole the show as she went on to win with her cheeky act
For challenging, you only had to look at Valentino de Labaise and his Boylesque act
So to see the full set of pics, click on the first pic in this set
I was lucky enough to be the house photographer for Burlesque 2.0 at the amazing Underbelly Festival.
The show takes place in the Spiegel Tent and there are simply no words to describe what an outstanding experience the whole thing was. On a hot summer’s day, there is no better place to be than in the thick of fantastic burlesque.
You can see all the pictures by clicking on this link
If you like the pictures, then click this link to take you to the Underbelly page and book at ticket. You won’t regret it
And in the meantime here are some shots of the evening
Brexit has left a lot of people feeling confused, some angry and some happy. Personally, I am not a big fan of Brexit but wasn’t sure what to do about it until I met up Burlesque dancer, Coco Nobel.
She has an awesome act called Big Spender, which she performed at the final of Burlesque Idol in 2016 where she was Runner Up.
We wanted to do a shoot at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. So we dodged guards, policemen, tramps and passer-bys to unite Europe with Burlesque.
Here are some of the pictures.