Edinburgh Fringe Festival Part Two
In opposition to my wildly creative title; the first part of my blog is not about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
It is of course about the release of Applause by Lady GaGa! Everything is right with the world once again, it is amazing, and life shall continue to be grand!
Additionally, last Friday, I traveled 5 and a half hours to Northampton to be a part of Be Barb Burlesque’s Born to Be Wild Show! Other names on the bill included Domino Barbeau, Adriano Fettucini and Millie Dollar. I was sadly a lot more tired than I had anticipated, but still soldiered on and gave it my heart and soul on stage! It was a great show to be a part of and I am really glad I traveled all that way to do it.
The next day, I returned to the Fringe Festival after another 5 and a half hours back and on 4 hours sleep to do 3 shows! I have taken this time at the fringe to try out new acts, re-vamp old ones and generally find my footing with myself again, so I was rather excited to have as many shows as I did! I may have had a moment (or 7) of woe- lack of sleep always seems to turn me a little crazy, but I have realised that I need to have more faith in my abilities as a performer, but that I also need to establish what I want as a performer, and to push myself more in the direction that makes me happier.
This will require lots more training, more brainstorming, re-working and creativity, but I am more than happy to devote my time and energy into it and dive into a different world!
I spent the remainder of my time off going to see shows and exhibitions. I wanted to take in all forms of art and performance alike, and seek inspiration from other places. Not to say that I want to copy things that are atypical of the cabaret world but to once again see all the passion and devotion that has been and still lies within people.
I saw the Witches and Wicked Bodies Exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art, which was incredible. There were a lot of etchings in addition to oil on canvas paintings and recent photography. I was mostly taken aback by the 17th Century etchings. It was quite phenomenal what some of the artists had created from their imagination. Without the means of travel or technology, they had built a world from their imagination and creatively expressed something inside of their souls that they couldn’t say otherwise. It is such a testament to generate a powerful message with such limited means.
I also went to see a theatre production of Christina Rosetti’s Goblin Market. I was super shocked to see this in the programme; it is one of my favourite pieces of Literature out of the Victorian Era, but is seldom celebrated. It is a wonderfully dark piece about a girl who eats fruit from Goblins and yearns to have more, but can never get the same taste as her first encounter. The theatre group were wonderful and presented a really raw and powerful interpretation of the piece. I really enjoyed it.
I wanted to see a Circus Show whilst I was at the Fringe. I like reinvention and the avant garde, so when I saw that Bianco was on, I thought it would be a wonderful chance to see something different. That it was! It was so different to any Circus show that I have seen before. The aerial, trapeze and hand balancing all merged acrobatics and contemporary dance. The performers constantly moved around the sets and created different scenes and sequences. It was very raw, again and full of pain and passion and angst – things I really admire on the stage. The only let down for me were a couple of the acts using harnesses and crash mats. The finale piece, however really made my fringe. I have always had my fantasy performance piece in my head – which involves an elaborate set, rain (or rain machine), fire and contemporary dance (that of course mixed with passion, tension and fierceness :P). The finale act of Bianco presented a beautiful aerialist being moved through different levels in the air performing conventional aerial moves as well as contemporary dance. It was so spectacular. Half way through the act a snow machine filled the tent and she continued to dance and fight through the snow; it was such an incredible experience for me. It represented freedom and joy at the same time. Needless to say, I wept through most of it!!
Being a massive Tudor and Renaissance fan, I couldn’t pass up the chance to see the Mary Queen of Scots Exhibition! It was also situated right next to the Ancient Egypt wing of the Museum which was an amazing surprise! Needless to say, I had a wonderful time in solitude at the Scottish National Museum. The Renaissance tapestry, art and artifacts were so beautiful; it portrayed a time when people put so much effort into their crafts and worked their fingers to the bone to create beauty in all forms. It was very inspiring!
I also saw Paul Dabek’s Magic Show, which was brilliant! I had a great time, it was full of awesome tricks and the comedy was particularly impressive! I went and saw the Jollyboat Bros’ show which was hilarious! The songs are so cleverly written and they have such wonderful energy; if you are sticking around at the Fringe, I would recommend seeing that show! I also saw Tricity Vogue do a more intimate show, which was incredible. She has such a beautiful singing voice, and it was such a nice offset to see a soft and emotional set from somebody.
I have now returned to the homeland of Croydon. I will still be dancing, but I must rest my poor hands and feet- at least for a day or two! I also plan to sit down and structure everything that is out of balance in old Galore world and focus on the more exciting plans I have for the future, and try to push my creativity as far as my humble means can take me! I will keep you up to date on my progress!
All in all I have had an incredible and exhausting time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I would love to return, however I’d like to do it with my own show next time! Watch this Space!
Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa
Aurora <3 xx