This week on the Tuesday Tease, we divert a little from pure burlesque in order to feature a show at Brooklyn’s House of Yes that features burlesque mixed with circus arts. Our East Coast Representative Victor Chovil gives us a glimpse into their recent interpretation of “Peter Pan.”
House of Yes is an art space in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn that “supports performance, events and creative endeavors by providing the space and materials needed to make things happen.” House of Yes is also the home base of Sky Box, an aerial acrobatics group that holds workshops and classes every week. They’ve been a long time supporter of the burlesque and circus communities and we’re honored to feature them this week.
So, without further ado, I give you Victor and his review of “Peter Pan.”
Producer-Director Anya Sapozhnikova has been selling out shows at Brooklyn’s House of Yes for years. I was lucky enough to attend the opening night of her latest project, an ambitious and fun interpretation of Peter Pan. Its a mix of trapeze, burlesque, puppetry and side-show; full of great music and a little poi. Think ballerinas spinning from ropes while the “lost boys” of Never Ever Land dance to Massive Attack on the stage below them.
Highlights include a beautiful aerial dance with Peter Pan and Wendy, original music sung sweetly by a mermaid, and the bizarre alternative history of Captain Hook. Tickets have been selling out fast, but there are three performances left: June 7th, 8th and 9th. Doors open at 7, show at 8. Food and drinks are served. The best seats in the house get you up front and some free champagne, so you can make a good date of it.
The mostly all-girl cast from the Lady Circus company is incredibly talented. You can find out about their other projects and how Lady Circus has been “committed to making NYC Theater and Nightlife more epic” at their website.
Like your burlesque with a little side of circus performance? Here are some incredible cirque-flavored events for you to check out:
Thursday, June 6 I Kabarette with a K! Historical Acts – Austin, Texas Kabarette with a K! is going vintage! Imagine seeing Groucho Marx, Gypsy Rose Lee, the Amazing Vulcana, Judy Garland, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and singing cowboys & girls all on one stage. Expect Kabarette with a K!’s unique combination of circus, freak & geek show, music, burlesque, dance, theater, performance art and more. The still evolving line-up currently includes: Funniest Person in Austin finalist Blake Midgette, American strong woman Mama Lou, burlesque performers Fifi Switchblade and Chola Magnolia, sword swallower Eric Odditorium and original vaudeville character actress Jessica Ryan.
Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 I The Jumpin’ Jupiter Road Show – St. Louis, Missouri The Jumpin’ Jupiter show has hit the road and is performing at various venues around St. Louis! Come and check out the fabulous Lu Lu La Toosh, “Your Society Chanteuse,” as she guides you through the theatrics presented throughout the night. You will be dazzled by amazing dancers, aerial acts, acrobatics…and dare we mention a hint of burlesque. It’s sexy, it’s fun, and so much more. Check it out!
Tuesday, June 11 I Tease Tuesdays at The Shelter – Atlanta, Georgia Spice up your Tuesday nights with ten amazing acts for only $10! See some of the best performers in Atlanta and some amazing new up and coming acts as well! Burlesque, singers, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists…you never know what’s gonna pop up in these Tuesday night shows! And don’t worry, the show will be done before midnight since it’s a school night. You can purchase general admission tickets at the link above or if you can’t make the show, you can make a donation on the ticket page for 2014’s Southern Fried Burlesque Fest!
Thursday, June 13 I Synesthesia After Party! – San Francisco, California SF based Cirque Noir & LA based Syn Circus are teaming up for two magical nights to bring you an evening of amazing aerial, circus, & burlesque. Enjoy the culinary & atmospheric expertise of the Supperclub, while feasting your eyes on the physical feats of these renowned performers!