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Changes

Things will be changing this year. Not my style or the way that I perform, but the way that I handle things, people and approach the industry.

I have started to realise that whilst this industry seems to be about scratching backs, there are many times when people are not interested in doing so once they have gotten what they want out of the situation. I also learnt last year that people are not above helping themselves only and you can be undercut at any moment and things may go awry that you didn’t first anticipate.

I try to help others – those that I feel would work great at a show that I myself cannot do, those who want advice and also paying extra money for things that I could get cheaper elsewhere to keep the community spirit afloat.
I am no saint of course, but I like to be positive in the industry because there seems to be a lot of hurtful situations arising for everyone. Maybe it’s because we are all fighting for the same jobs now that venues are closing or maybe people are loosing faith in themselves (sometimes I find myself doing so) but people I feel are little more focused on their own success these days.

This year I will still help people, but I am a little less naiive in thinking that everyone wants to be in a community and help one another. Creativity will always be duplicated, just as I like to manipulate things that I see, so I must learn to deal with that better.

I have wanted to do my own show for a while.. that is in the pipeline and I will be sure to do something glamorous and disgusting!

I will be bringing out a new crazy twisted routine. I brought out a more neutral fire show last year so I think that it is time I plucked from the crazy roots of Galore and did something truly nutty!

And I will not be shy about my Lady Gaga inspiration. Last year I didn’t want to be known as a tribute act, however after establishing my own ‘Aurora Galore’ persona, I think I can go back to my Gaga roots without it looking anything like an imitation.

So once again, onwards and upwards..

Still fighting for my sanity and failing miserably!

But I am not giving up without a fight!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

My next show will be here: http://www.thelowry.com/event/burlesque-at-the-lowry3

If you are in the Manchester area, grab yourself one of the last few tickets!

NYE at The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

NYE at The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice


Backstage

I am super excited for 2014, and I do not mean for my first Blog Post to be a melancholy one, but rather a reflection on the throes of 2013 and how I have grown and will rectify them in my performance life and personal life moving forward.

I work extremely hard at what I do. I do admin until my eyes are square, dance until my feet bleed and break and sew until I sew my fingers together. But there isn’t anything in the world that I would rather do. Since I was a baby, all I have ever wanted to do was dance on stage. As soon as I started university I broke down and realised that I couldn’t devote myself to a life where I would be sitting at a desk watching the clock go by.

Nearly 4 years ago, I began my journey of being a performer and I have had the time of my life. I have performed in some of the most amazing countries in the world, met some of the most incredible people and been paid to do it.

However what they didn’t tell me was what I would have to give up to be a Gypsy. I always said that I would do anything and give up anything to be a performer but once it really hits you, its a lot harder than you had anticipated.

I rarely see any of my friends that I have met before my creative career; any free time I have I usually spend washing my heaps of clothes that stack up.

I haven’t had a boyfriend in years – and the last one I had, had a problem with the way that I looked, as I don’t have time to meet people in a recreational sense or devote time to dating.

My diet is disgusting. I try to best to eat well, but at 4am when you have just spent 20 minutes taking off your make up and have been wearing heels for 7 hours, you are rarely in the mood to start cooking a gourmet dinner.

I don’t have any family – some of my family members don’t approve of what I do, some live in other areas that I have left and others simply are bitter because I do not have time for them.

I don’t have any money. Arguements that brew with people that I care about simply break my heart, but sometimes when you are flat out hungry, its hard to wait an extra week.

Loneliness. One of my favourite parts about touring many places with Sukki Singapora last year was that I had a friend to share it with. Every night I had someone to sleep next to and if I felt down, I could rest my head on her lap and she wouldn’t even ask me what was wrong but let me be sad until I came around.

The sad truth of choosing a creative way of life means sacrificing literally everything you have and giving up a lot of your life to be selfish and happy. It has taken me a while to adjust but I have found some people in my life that make it easier for me to cope. Which makes it harder once again to leave the few people that you have when you need to jet off again.

2014 is about balance for me. I have learnt that letting my work consume me – which is what I wanted to happen – leaves me short of breath if my work dries up for even a second because I have nothing left and then I begin to feel as though I am a failure.

I need to take time for myself as a person and not just as a performer and make time for people in my life – as they will come in handy.

I will of course work harder than I have ever worked this year and devote myself to my work and being the best performer that I can, but will also remember to slow down when my health and sanity is at risk!

I can’t wait to indulge in 2014. I will still bring the Galore. Still bring the Gaga. And I am still living for the Applause.

Remember that I have declared 2014 the Year of the Weirdo!

We will Rise, and you better watch out!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Behind the Eyebrows..

Behind the Eyebrows..

But I still live for the Applause!


2013: The Blog

WOW! What a year I have had! I can hardly believe it myself!
I constantly feel as though I am never good enough, I will never be understood as an artist and as a performer but I have forced myself to be as perfect as I can be and I am so happy that I did not give up.

Looking back through my facebook, pictures and my other social media networks, I realised that I actually have done quite a bit this year! And quite a bit that I am not only proud of, but that I would never have thought I could do.

I have somewhat transitioned or should I say, drawn a distinct line between myself as a fire performer, and my burlesque performances. I am very happy with this as I am viewed on two different levels and it allows me to be creative in two different ways. I am opening with this as I feel that was a really hard yet successful thing for me to do.
But for everything else, we shall start with..

January –
I started the year by Graduating! I finished my degree (in English Literature) and graduated in Kingston which was a lovely achievement 🙂 Tour Buddy, Sukki Singapora and I did a photoshoot with the wonderful Diana Thompson. We wanted to created some bold images to promote the tour that we had already been working on for a couple of months, and she did an amazing job. I also did a rather naughty-Galore photoshoot with Rhinoas Photography!

February –
I performed at the Queen Calavera in Hamburg, Germany. I spent around 4 days there, albeit sick as a dog, but it was a really wonderful start to my shows outside of the UK for 2013.  It was also where I went to see Wear it like a Crown – an avant garde circus show that literally changed my life. From that point on, I wanted to be a performance artist and create magic versus just dancing around seamlessly. I did a photoshoot with Tigz Rice Studios. I really liked these images and will be doing another annual one shorty! I did a photoshoot with Simulacra Studios whereby I explored some feminist ideas through the motif of one of my favourite pieces of literature, The Yellow Wallpaper. I also went to see The Burning Beat in an immensely satisfying hair outfit, which I was particularly excited about as I made it all from scratch! The next show is coming up in January – so who knows? I may attend even hairier! I also went to see Wicked in the Theatre, which I balled over as it was spectacular and I am a crazy Wizard of Oz fan and have been a fan of Wicked by Gregory Maguire for many years.

March –

For my birthday, I performed at the Karlsruhe Tattoo Convention in Germany. This was great fun and I don’t like to celebrate my birthday so it was good to be away. I performed at the Erotic Awards at Bush Hall which was incredible. I got to breathe some insane fire and meet some really fantastic people and performers.

April –

I headed to San Francisco with Sukki! What a great time I had there! We stayed with some of the most incredible women, worked with some outstanding performers and for me I was able to learn a lot about myself. Being such a loner, I was forced into a situation where I had to share my space and thoughts which has served me well as I am a lot more generous and open with people. Also as a performer who seemed to get pushed to the back for being (intentionally) ugly, it really solidified how much I am on board with what I am doing and how much I needed to push my image and my point of view even further to make people notice! I performed at the legendary Bootie which is still one of my favourite shows of the 2013; it was just amazing! I did a photoshoot in San Francisco with the wonderful Patrick McCracken and then we headed to LA where we also did some wonderful shows and did a photoshoot with Andrena Photography in the space where they used to film M*A*S*H!

May –

May was spent in New York with some truly wonderful and generous people. I performed at the legendary Slipper Room and at Time Scare in Time Square with the amazing Jonny Porkpie. One of my favourite moments was dressing up and going to see The Great Gatsby in Time Square with Sukki and Joe the Shark 🙂

June –

In June I went to Japan! Both to Kyoto and Tokyo to perform in some amazing and life changing shows. The responses we got were just incredible! I never thought that I would feel so special as a performer. It was so heart-warming. After returing from my tour, I also performed with JLS and Peter Andre at the Crazy Bear Garden Party! I cut a massive chunk of my hair off, which was a big change for me, but also the start of a new chapter. I uploaded my Tassel Twirling video which has nearly got 10,000 hits since then! And lastly, I performed at The Croydon Tattoo Convention with hotties Dave the Bear and Chi Chi Revolver which was so much fun!

July –

July was a little slow for me workwise, but I start filming with my lovely friend Mark R Charade, which unbeknownst to me would turn into such a broader creative project. But it was a wonderful start. I spent some time dressing up in crazy outfits at Soho House and finally unleashed the GaGa blonde wig! I bought it so long before I wore it, I just needed to find the right moment to become GaGa whilst still being Galore 😛

August –

August was the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which was so much more fun this year. I went for longer, did a lot more shows but also went to see some incredible exhibitions, plays and shows.

September –

I debuted at Torture Garden in September which I was super excited about as I had been going there pretty much since I turned 18! Upon seeing a few too many Red, White and Blue acts, I decided to bring out a new GaGa act. The new single and album brought about a new attitude for me also. Around the end of August I wanted to completely quit everything, but GaGa (amongst other things) helped me push on and be somebody new. So I debuted my Applause act. I also spent a week at Supperclub in Amsterdam which was so incredible. I debuted my new fire act which was The Joker and got to spend time with creative and exciting people. I was also in the Sunday Times for a piece they did on Neo Performance Art via the Save Rubyyy Jones Revue.

October –

This month I performed at The Stockholm Burlesque Festival which was probably another one of my favourite performances of the year. The stage, the crowd, the organisers, everything about it was amazing. and the next day I ended up winning the Tassel Twirling competition which was awesome! I also got to perform at Erotica and Supperclub around Halloween weekend which was just great. And again, places that I have been going to and in awe of for a long time. So that was really an achievement for me.

November –

In Novemeber I finally decided to get some more work done on my sleeve tattoo as it had been a while since I had anything done to it. I performed for a weekend at The Aeronaut which was particularly exciting as CNN came, filmed and did a piece on the venue. I performed at The Rose Theatre in Kingston, which was the stage that I has graduated on in January. That was a lovely moment for me as I felt as though I had done something beyond what people had expected of me. I brought out my more neutral Fire Act which I really like and am happy that it can be performed in a number of venues that aren’t strictly Neo. I launched I like it Ruff – my new Art based company, that sells Ruffs, Cuffs, Anklets and all things related. As well as exploring odd beauty, conceptual visuals and quirky fashion. I also found out that I will be performing with Immodesty Blaize on Valentine’s Day at Kinky and Quirky which should be marvellous!

December –

At the beginning of this month I performed at The Katzenjammer Club which was great fun as I made a crazy ruffled coat just for the occasion! I also finally continued my video shoot with Mark R Charade. We did some additional photos for I Like it Ruff‘s promotion, but I am really happy with the progress we have made with my personal promo video. I have come a long way in letting people film/photograph me so it was a big step for me. We are also in talks for some amazing visual projects for next year.

I really have had such a life-changing year and I am eternally grateful to everyone that has supported me, pushed me and to be honest doubted and judged me – because it has forced me to be happy in my own skin and continue to strive for my artistic goals.

I have met some of the most incredible and inspiring people this year, and had some existing friendship really solidified.

I already have so much planned for 2014 and will do my absolute best to pull it all off.

Watch this Space, because it’s gonna punch you in the face!!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Jan - By Rhinoa's Photography

January – By Rhinoa’s Photography

Jan - Photos by Fashion Loves Photo

January – Photos by Fashion Loves Photos

Jan - Graduation Pic

January – Graduation Pic

Feb - By Tigz Rice Studios

February – By Tigz Rice Studios

Feb - Getting Hairy for The Burning Beat

February – Getting Hairy for The Burning Beat

Feb - By Simulacra Studios

February – Tearing down the walls of Patriarchy By Simulacra Studios

Feb - Backstage at Queen Calavera

February – Backstage at Queen Calavera

March - Fire Breathing at The Erotic Awards

March – Fire Breathing at The Erotic Awards

March - Karlsruhe Tattoo Convention in Germany

March – Karlsruhe Tattoo Convention in Germany

April - By Patrick McCracken (Taken in San Francisco)

April – By Patrick McCracken (Taken in San Francisco)

April - After our first show in San Francisco

April – After our first show in San Francisco

April - Post Show photo at Red Hots Burlesque, San Francisco

April – Post Show photo at Red Hots Burlesque, San Francisco

April - By Andrena Photography (Taken in Los Angeles)

April – By Andrena Photography (Taken in Los Angeles)

April - Show Flyer From Los Angeles

April – Show Flyer From Los Angeles

May - Before The Great Gatsby in Time Square

May – Before The Great Gatsby in Time Square

May - Backstage at The Slipper Room

May – Backstage at The Slipper Room

May - With Sukki Singapora after a show in New York

May – With Sukki Singapora after a show in New York

June - Post Show photo at The Amaranth Lounge, Tokyo

June – Post Show photo at The Amaranth Lounge, Tokyo

June - Dressing up for Harajuku

June – Dressing up for Harajuku

June - Last Show of the tour at Dr Sketchys, Tokyo

June – Last Show of the tour at Dr Sketchys, Tokyo

June - At Crazy Bear with Chrys Columbine and Lydia Darling

June – At Crazy Bear with Chrys Columbine and Lydia Darling

July - Backstage at Curiositease

July – Backstage at Curiositease

July - With my hottie Dave the Bear at The Save Rubyyy Jones Revue

July – With my hottie Dave the Bear at The Save Rubyyy Jones Revue

July - With Mark R Charade at Soho House

July – With Mark R Charade at Soho House

July - Some Soho House Looks

July – Some Soho House Looks

August - Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

August – Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

August - Going GaGa!

August – Going GaGa!

August - An Edinburgh Stage Look :)

August – An Edinburgh Stage Look 🙂

September - On stage at Torture Garden

September – On stage at Torture Garden

September - At Torture Garden with Mark R Charade

September – At Torture Garden with Mark R Charade

September - In the Sunday Times

September – In the Sunday Times

September - Pics by Supperclub Amsterdam

September – Pics by Supperclub Amsterdam

September - Some photos I did the Make up for and styled by ENB Photography

September – Some photos I did the Make up for and styled by ENB Photography

September - Make up for Applause and Circus

September – Make up for Applause and Circus

October - Erotica Crew

October – Erotica Crew

October - On stage at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival

October – On stage at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival

October - At the Stockholm Burlesque Festival

October – At the Stockholm Burlesque Festival

October - A couple Halloween Faces

October – A couple Halloween Faces

October - Posing at Supperclub London

October – Posing at Supperclub London

November - At the Aeronaut by Tigz Rice Studios

November – At the Aeronaut by Tigz Rice Studios

November - Being Filmed by CNN at the Aeronaut

November – Being Filmed by CNN at the Aeronaut

November - Black and White Madness at the Katzenjammer Club

November – Black and White Madness at the Katzenjammer Club

November - I made a head Ruff :)

November – I made a head Ruff 🙂

November - New Tattoo

November – New Tattoo

November - Kinky and Quirky Show Poster for Valentine's day 2014

November – Kinky and Quirky Show Poster for Valentine’s day 2014

November - Some custom pieces for I Like it Ruff

November – Some custom pieces for I Like it Ruff

December - By Mark R Charade PhotographyDecember – By Mark R Charade Photography

December - Screen Shot by Mark R Charade at Supperclub London

December – Screen Shot by Mark R Charade at Supperclub London

December - Bringing my Bald Head to The Katzenjammer Club

December – Bringing my Bald Head to The Katzenjammer Club

December - My beautiful Granny's 70th in Gibraltar

December – My beautiful Granny’s 70th in Gibraltar


I Like it Ruff meets Mark R Charade Photography

I have finished my Christmas shows and am all ready for a brief break so I thought I’d post a little something about my shoot this week.

Myself and my kindred spirit Mark R Charade have been working for some time to put together a promo video for me however as I am a perfectionist and we both have strong aesthetic visual ideas so it has taken a little longer than expected. I am also launching my I Like it Ruff website soon and I wanted some unique and special visuals for it also. Although I am just selling my Ruffs, I thought it could be a great opportunity for us to go for the gusto and make it more of an art story rather than just a product! So this week we decided to harness our creativity into both making the imagery for I Like it Ruff as well as continuing our ongoing video project.

We started with a photoshoot in Mark R Charade’s studio. He tested some different lighting techniques and I tested out some new wigs! I find it hard to have my photo taken so the photos are a little more sombre of me, however I quite like that. It gives us an opportunity to build different stories and characterisations around different types of costume pieces. We also got some photos of Mark too. He has such a strong visual impact that i thought he would look great on the website. (And we at I Like it Ruff believe that any gender can rock a Ruff or a Bonnet!)

We then headed to Supperclub London- where I was also performing that night- to film some fire footage for my promo video and potentially for I Like it Ruff’s promo also. We experiemented with different lighting, angles and costumes. Mark also tried some Slow Motion video techniques which has worked beautifully in his previous videos.

After the fire performances in the main space, we found a more enclosed space to execute my more weird and edgy style of performance with some blood and creepy faces- as one does! I wanted to make sure that the video is varied and has my more subtle (ish) side as well as my more creative side.

Mark also filmed my live performance that night as I feel as though I perform my best in front of an audience. Plus I got some fire breathing in there too!

All in all, I feel as though we worked so much better together now that we are able to input our own creativity as well as our combined concepts. This is a wonderful starting point and I am very excited for our upcoming projects and work to come.

Below are some pictures from the day as well as some behind the scenes shots 🙂

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Photo by Mark R Charade Photography

Photo by Mark R Charade Photography

Screen Shots by Mark R Charade Videography

Screen Shots by Mark R Charade Videography

 

Screen Grabs from Mark R Charade Videography

Screen Grabs from Mark R Charade Videography

Back of the Camera Preview

Back of the Camera Preview

Supperclub London - Shoot Location

Supperclub London – Shoot Location

Getting ready to Film

Getting ready to Film

Mark and his Camera

Mark and his Camera

Loving Illamasqua's Underworld Lipstick :)

Loving Illamasqua’s Underworld Lipstick 🙂


La Week a la Galore!

This week has been so hectic, I cannot even tell you!

I have been many characters, been to many venues and genuinely lost my sanity! But Alas! It has returned and out of it has come a Blog Post so all is not lost!

Monday (9th) – I performed at Cirque Le Soir! I resurrected the Ice Queen in full capacity, which was great 🙂 I really enjoyed this show, and became a completely different Aurora!

Tuesday – Was 20s day! So once again a different look for me, but so much fun! I spent the morning setting my finger waves and really enjoyed the show! Other performers were Scarlett Belle and Rubyyy Jones! I performed a Fan Dance to Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray – as it was a Gatsby theme. Different for me, but it was nice to do something nice!

Wednesday – I spent the day building my I Like it Ruff website and re-builing http://www.auroragalore.com which will both be live by the new year! I need to get my lookbook done for ILiR and spend time transferring things over, but I got a lot done and made a great start. In the evening, I went to Crazy Bear to see my dear friend Mark R Charade of The Roustabouts DJ which was fun as always!

I Like it Ruff Fan Page – Pop me a LIKE 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/ilikeitrufffashion?ref=hl

Thursday – Typical Admin and costuming and so forth, however the evening was spent at It’s Your Funeral! What a great show; I performed my newest fire act here which I think went well. I did a snow spinning finale and used alot of choreography which I always prefer. I wanted to do something a little more neutral, but still me and I think this is a keeper! Finally!!

Friday – Friday I did a double shift at Cirque Le Soir! I was the Snow Queen again, but with different hair – that’s right, I break all the rules!!

Saturday – I spent some time constructing an outfit and headpiece for Saturday’s Show. The Katzenjammer Cub was on and so of course, I went to watch it! I decided to wear a bald head – but of course with a Galore twist – I wore a mannequin head as a headpiece 🙂 The show was great, man I cannot get enough of Marnie Scarlet! What an Artist- ahh so inspiring! Other performers were Florian Brooks, Des O’Connor and Mary Beth Morossa 🙂

The last show of the year will be on Saturday – Get tickets here! There is a Killer Line-Up! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-katzenjammer-club-a-new-nightclub-cabaret-tickets-9070270423

Sunday – Today was a Myra Dubois’ Charity Event! This was held at The Black Cap and was great! Myra is so funny!!! I got home relatively early to get an early night sleep! My body had other plans, and managed 3 hours – this did not go down well…

Monday (16th) – Lack of sleep made me loose my sanity! I had a little psycho breakdown! But all was rectified by the time my show came around in the evening! I performed at Supperclub London! This is a show I love so much! I did my new fire show and got to fire breathe uber high! Yess!! Other performers included Felipe Reyes and Diego! Really fun show!

So all in all, a very packed week, but an amazing week!

This week!!! I am back at Supperclub London, I have a video and photo shoot for myself and I Like it Ruff, a show with Crazy Bear, and a show with Dave the Bear, Cherry Deville and Banbury Cross in Derby!! I cannot wait! I promise to cram in sleep!!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Ice Queen

Ice Queen

Live at Cirque Le Soir

Live at Cirque Le Soir

Backstage at Cirque Le Soir

Backstage at Cirque Le Soir

20s Look

20s Look

With Rubyyy Jones, Scarlett Belle and Miss Cairo

With Rubyyy Jones, Scarlett Belle and Miss Cairo

With DJ Mark R Charade

With DJ Mark R Charade

Website Building!

Website Building!

Me!

Me!

Mark R Charade!

Mark R Charade!

At Crazy Bear with a Flaming Cocktail!

At Crazy Bear with a Flaming Cocktail!

Live at Its Your Funeral

Live at Its Your Funeral

Live at Its Your Funeral

Live at Its Your Funeral

With my Dearest Imelda :)

With my Dearest Imelda 🙂

Snow Queen

Snow Queen

Pippa the Ripper, with Kitty Devine and JoJo Bones

Pippa the Ripper, with Kitty Devine and JoJo Bones

Going to the Katzenjammer Club

Going to the Katzenjammer Club

Marnie Scarlet on Stage

Marnie Scarlet on Stage

DJ Mark R Charade rocking a sequin number

DJ Mark R Charade rocking a sequin number

Post Black Cap

Post Black Cap

Myra Dubois on stage

Myra Dubois on stage

Backstage at Supperclub

Backstage at Supperclub


International Galore!

Boy oh Boy!

So much has happened since my last post that I will try not to bore you with it all!

Last week I had a run of shows at The Aeronaut in Acton. A decked out pub that now looks like a circus tent. I had so much fun performing there! It was the same cast for three days which was a really nice change. One of the days CNN came by and did a little filming which was incredible! I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with the footage!

I have done a few nights at Cirque le Soir which is great because I get to play dress up and be a complete character and dance like a nutter which suits me just fine 🙂

Last week I had a whole 5 days off and went home to Gibraltar to celebrate my Granny’s 70th birthday. She really is such an inspiring and amazing woman and it was so nice to relax with her and my mummy who I hadn’t seen in over a year! I also hit the fabric shop out there- so I can get some international ruff action happening oh yer 😛

And lastly, I performed at The Katzenjammer Club last night which was fun as always. I turned up the sauce by debuting pasties at the event- but seeing as the weirdo that I am lacks any sort of sex appeal; I doubt it made quite the statement that I thought it did! Nevertheless I had a wonderful time once again!

For the rest of December, I have some amazing shows I will be performing at this month and I plan to amp up the crazy! After seeing the amazingness that is Effie in the new Hunger Games and the absolutely spectacular Sharon Needles in Drag Race I am so inspired and feel as though I need to push what I’ve got going on the the nth degree! If I’m too weird to be booked now, then it won’t make a blind bit of difference is I fall off the weird cliff- So expect some wackier stuff from old Galore in the near future!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut by Tigz Rice

At The Aeronaut with CNN

At The Aeronaut with CNN

At The Aeronaut

At The Aeronaut

At The Aeronaut

At The Aeronaut

At The Aeronaut

At The Aeronaut

Going to Cirque le Soir

Going to Cirque le Soir

Pasties at the Katzenjammer Club

Pasties at the Katzenjammer Club

Backstage at the Katzenjammer Club with Dusty Limits, Marcus Reeves and Anna the Hulagan

Backstage at the Katzenjammer Club with Dusty Limits, Marcus Reeves and Anna the Hulagan

Backstage at Cirque le Soir

Backstage at Cirque le Soir

I made another Ruff!

I made another Ruff!

In Gibraltar :)

In Gibraltar 🙂

With my Mummy in Gibraltar :)

With my Mummy in Gibraltar 🙂

With my Mummy and Granny in Gibraltar :)

With my Mummy and Granny in Gibraltar 🙂

Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock


Antics Galore!

I am soo sorry I have not done a blog post in over a week; believe me I am just as sad as you are… or potentially the only one that is in despair over this!

Nevertheless, here is a little snippet of what has been happening in Galore land recently!

Today I taught a Fan Dance class with the beautiful Lou onthe Rocks from Switzerland. It is so much fun doing a one to one with someone and it always makes me realise that I really have no clue how I do things on stage, it just kind of comes second nature to me. So I learnt some things too!

I have started my new little venture called ‘I Like it Ruff’

Feel free to pop me a like on Facebook!

https://m.facebook.com/ilikeitrufffashion?__user=559887632 I love making and building Ruffs and Ruffles and all things related so why not share the love! I’m not planning to make money, I just really enjoy it!

Last weekend I performed at The Katzenjammer Club ( a new night by The Roustabouts) which was a lot of fun. A created a special act (Video Below) to one of the new tracks from the Artpop album which I really enjoyed dancing to.. go figure!             

I created my new Grey crazy ruffle coat that will be used for my new Fire Routine. So it was good to see how it worked on stage. Other performers on the bill were Dusty Limits, Lili La Scala and Sammy Dinneen who blew me out of the water!

But I did get an awesome new quote from Dusty Limits, ‘the most incredible bottom since A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ That went happily in the win column! So all in all, a brilliant night : )

Other festivities have included going about town to watch some DJ sets, sewing, rehearsing excessively and going to the Hippodrome Casino to see Chrystal Cabaret. Lovechild of Burlesque amazingness Chrys Columbine; getting to see her Fan Dance and Leah Debrincat do her thing was a recipe for awesomeness!

So generally mucho busy and mucho planning for insane and amazing things to come in the future; all in all I have had a brilliant week!

This weekend I will playing with some fire at The Aeronaut and then on Sunday I am heading to Gibraltar to see my Mummy and Granny to celebrate her 70th!

So come on down!(to The Aeronaut :P)

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

With Dave the Bear at Chrystal Cabaret

With Dave the Bear at Chrystal Cabaret

With Dave the Bear and Mister Meredith at Crystal Cabaret

With Dave the Bear and Mister Meredith at Crystal Cabaret

New Tattoo

New Tattoo

Partying like a rockstar at The Katzenjammer Club!

Partying like a rockstar at The Katzenjammer Club!

I like it Ruff workstation :)

I like it Ruff workstation 🙂

Half done Galore!

Half done Galore!

Me and Mark R Charade

Me and Mark R Charade

Dave the Bear and Mister Meredith getting on stage at the Chrystal Cabaret!

Dave the Bear and Mister Meredith getting on stage at the Chrystal Cabaret!

Me and Louise Preedy Photography at the Katzenjammer Club

Me and Louise Preedy Photography at the Katzenjammer Club

Me Live at the Katzenjammer Cub

Me Live at the Katzenjammer Cub

Fire Eating at the Katzenjammer Cub

Fire Eating at the Katzenjammer Cub

Costume I made for the Katzenjammer Club

Costume I made for the Katzenjammer Club

Dressed up for the Crystal Cabaret

Dressed up for the Crystal Cabaret

Make up for the Chrystal Cabaret

Make up for the Chrystal Cabaret

Mark R Charade deep in DJ thought

Mark R Charade deep in DJ thought


I love Gypsy Life!

Soo this week, I have been getting things sorted! I have lots of exciting things in the making and I am trying to make things happen 🙂

I received my video from the Stockholm Burlesque Festival, and it has gone down surprisingly well. I was a little unsure as to how my act would go down in an unfamiliar country but I decided to throw caution to the wind and be completely ridiculous! And as I have seen from the video; it appears to be the case 😛 Scroll down to watch if you have no idea what I am talking about!

This week I also booked my 3 month acrobatic course with Circus Space. I have been wanting to do it for a while, but either I missed a place or I hurt myself so it never worked out, but I am now super excited to start in January. I have been wanting to take my bendiness to the next level as I am limited to what I can achieve in my basement, so hopefully I will get much better!

I am also excited to be making another custom Ruff this week for Miss Jones. My Ruff skills are not completely up to par but I try my best and make everything with love so hopefully it will work out nicely 🙂

I have been fire breathing at the Cuckoo Club all weekend which I was mostly excited to wear my new leotard for. Yup, that’s right!

I have also bought tons more wigs and fabric, for who knows what. Been also practising my fire and rehearsing like a mad woman in general in an attempt to push fierce into a new place.

On Saturday night, I went to The Katzenjammer Club at Apartment 58 where I got to see my friend Mark R Charade DJ, and some amazing performers like Marnie Scarlet and Florian Brooks annihilate the stage! I am so happy to have seen Florian debut his new juggling act with LED clubs which was actually incredible. He is quite the swish muthafu*er 🙂 And as always, I love to see the amazing and bizarre Marnie Scarlet. Her Marilyn Monroe act was amazing, and having only seen it once before in its debut; it was great to see how far it had come and how much emotion has been put into it. Phenomenal ❤

As for me.. Well I went dressed up as some kind of Lady GaGa/ Cruella Deville hybrid. This was not my initial intention although it was perfectly fine! Now, although I did make most of the outfit, I had a few inspirations so I cannot take full credit for the idea..

Lady GaGa - Paparazzi Video

Lady GaGa – Paparazzi Video

The initial inspiration was GaGa in the Paparazzi video.  This has always been one of my favourite outfits of hers – wonder why 😛 #ruffs

Black and White Make Up

Black and White Make Up

These are some of the make up looks that inspired the night’s make up.

Left Image: By Simon Songhurst

Far Right: Unknown

Bottom Right:  By Razor DeRockerfella

All in all, a fun and creative week.

Stay tuned for the craziness that will be my commencing week 🙂

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Katzenjammer Club outfit

Katzenjammer Club outfit

Adding more Ruffs for the Katzenjammer Club :)

Adding more Ruffs for the Katzenjammer Club 🙂

Me and Ilya and Mark R Charade DJing at the Katzenjammer Club

Me and Ilya and Mark R Charade DJing at the Katzenjammer Club

At the Cuckoo Club

At the Cuckoo Club

Heading home from the Cuckoo Club

Heading home from the Cuckoo Club

Ruff Fabrics :)

Ruff Fabrics 🙂


Lady GaGa – Artpop – Album Review

Before I get started..

No, I am not going to say 10 out of 10 and end the blog just because she is my idol; I plan to give my honest opinion about the album 😛 Secondly, if you do not like Lady GaGa or Artpop or wish to slate it, please do not do so on my blog comments as I do not take kindly to GaGa insults!

Right, so we have already heard a few songs, a few samples and have heard GaGa perform some of the tracks at the iTunes Festival, however as this is the finished product – I am going to review it as the final piece in order of the tracks on the album 🙂

Lady GaGa – Artpop

Aura – I like that Aura is the opening track. It is the track that caused some controversy because of the ‘Burqa’ references. This was the first song I heard before the release of the album. It leaked before any others and it caused quite a stir. But quite honestly, controversy is what GaGa is wonderful at, and whether you love or hate GaGa wearing a fashion Burqa; she got people talking about the topic. I absolutely love this track, however from the leaked unfinished version to the final album version there have been some changes made that I do not like. It seems as though there is an overlay on her voice that sounds a little less real and some of the keys are different and the notes are cut shorter. Saying that, I do utterly love this song and may just listen to the initial leaked version!

Venus – Dissimilarly, I heard Venus live before I heard the album version but now much prefer the album version. I was a bit skeptical about this one after seeing it on the X Factor show, however after giving it a committed listen; I am in awe. It may be one of my favourite songs on the album. It has a real happy vibe and sounds pseudo-8O’s like which I also thought about a few others on the album. It has a a real dance vibe and you kind of loose yourself in the song- it is a bit of a jump up and down and spin with your eyes closed sort of number! Absolutely beautiful ❤ ‘I can’t help but keep on dancing’ You just can’t! Ahh the Passion!!

G.U.Y. – G.U.Y. stands for Girl Under You. The opening of this follows on from the Galatical feel of Venus – the album seems to evoke a spacey sort of ambiance. G.U.Y. is a true builder, and then crashes into an awesome sing-a-long chorus. It is a bit more dirty and I just absolutely love this track! The verses are a bit more heavy and punchy, and then the bridges and chorus go softer; such an amazing track 🙂

Sexxx DreamsNow this dirrrty little number.. Starts off quite sexy, and a little mysterious. It has quite a dark club feel, but then when the chorus kicks in, it turns a bit more upbeat to juxtopose the naughty subject matter 😛 I also really like this track; it is not as strong as the previous tracks but it is still such a great song. It has a wonderful easy vibe but again has that passion that just makes you want to get up and dance 🙂

Jewels N’ Drugs – I love you Lady GaGa, but I have nothing to say about this song…

MANiCURE – Now this is an amazing clap-along, dance-along, scream-along track! From the opening beat; it has punch, it has power and it is so upbeat! If you dissect the lyrics they are a little dirty, however it is one of those tracks that you literally want to jump up and down and feel the track consume you, that you don’t know what you are singing along to! ‘MANiCURE!!.. Heeeeaal Me, ‘Cause I’m addicted to Love’ OMGG Tooo Good <3<3 No negatives for this one! In fact when reviewing this song, I had to pause my writing to put it on again and jump around like maniac!!

Do What U WantThis is the second single released from Artpop. I was a little confused at first when I heard that the male vocals were supplied by R.Kelly.. But they work so well! I think GaGa was going a little more for 90’s r’n’b which is what the song is – albeit a little more contemporary – but completely works for me. We have the punchy chorus, the dirty slowed down bridges and the utterly passionate notes when GaGa really means what she is saying! Ahhh! I absolutely love this message, seeing as GaGa has gotten a bit of backlash recently. ‘You can’t have my heart and you won’t use my mind, but do what you want with my body.’ It is wonderful for someone of such power to relinquish control of her public perception because she knows what she holds inside is hers. This is such an amazing song. Cannot wait to see the video 😀

ArtpopNow up until this point, I had held it together.. but this is when the tears started to surface 🙂 I really do have such a passionate love and respect for Lady GaGa. And this album was really started to fill me with so much joy 🙂 I also reiterate that reason that I love GaGa so much is that she just gives you an affinity to continue and push forward into the world of joy that is where your heart wants to be. This song is magical. It is a little slower and it is a song that you vibe with rather than jump about to. I found myself doing the dance that GaGa performed at the iTunes festival – once again, bringing about a sense of unity within the people that feel like outcasts. This is also the track that GaGa explores the relationship between her music and art – it really is just beautiful.

SwineNow this track.. I saw Lady GaGa perform a version of this track at the iTunes festival also. I say version, because the final release that is on the album just isn’t what it was before. I am really rather sad about this, because this is the track that I was most excited to get the “real” track of. The live version opened with an acapella chorus and an electric guitar which has been cut out. But something has happened to the beat. The back beat is drowned out too much but the heavy main beat and the recording is really off- the vocals sound strange as well. Additionally the build-up beat before the chorus drops, goes on for way to long. The song is absolutely incredible, I can’t even tell you! It was so raw and intense and GaGa was making all these squealing, piggy noises and the vocals were like singing screams of pain and passion that have all been cut out and replaced with some weird dubstep beat. It seems as though it is a little more commercial than the gritty version that she performed at the iTunes festival. Once again, I think I will just listen to the live recording track as it makes me a little sad to hear this track “cleaned up.”

Donatella – This has GaGa’s signature “talking” in the opening. The title tells me already that this track is going to be about fashion so I am already excited and it does not disappoint! It is a true dance track but a little darker and has a bit of an electronic backing, much like a lot of the other tracks on the album. It has a really beautifully sung slow bridge then smashes into an amazing dance heavy chorus. It is almost a mockery of fashionistas although the irony is, of course that GaGa is devoted to fashion. This track is so amazing – you really just want to sing along and make some kind of insane choreography just so you could bust it out in the club if it came on! Love this one!

Fashion! – This song follows on from our fashion theme and we are back in the vibe mode. I feel as though this number is a little bit of a filler. It is a perfectly nice track, but just not as inspiring as many of the other tracks. It has some pretty impressive singing though 🙂

Mary Jane HollandThis song is really lovely. It has a joyfulness about it and it really is just a happy track. I, of course love a good happy, inspirational track. And the breakdown, Oh My, is pretty spectacular!! ‘I know that Mom and Dad think I’m a mess, but it’s alright because I am rich as piss’ You sing it GaGa! And she does, with so much goddamn conviction! Makes for some seriously hot air-grabs!! I enjoyed this track greatly 🙂

Dope – Hmm now this track was another let down after the iTunes festival. This was entitled I wanna be with you. Perhaps GaGa changed it because of the recent slamming of her marijuana use but the lyrics and theme of the track have been completely altered 😦 Originally (we learned after her intro) this track was about her love for her fans and the stage. It was about yearning for things that she can never have as long as she is Lady GaGa but choosing the stage. This really resonated with me as I have given up so much to live out my dream, but I always choose the stage. I had some tears when I first heard it.. But sadly this version has been changed. The lyrics are different- they are about choosing someone over dope which doesn’t for me, really have the same impact. The recording is also not nearly as good as the live version. The vocals were so powerfully impressive live and her voice sounds a little warbly in this recording sadly. I think the love of the stage was more relateable as it seemed so real on stage and all us monsters respected her so much more as we felt as though she had chosen us. Back to the live recording once again for this number 😛

Gypsy – I was already excited about this one just reading the title! I have been saying lately that I feel like a Gypsy as I travel a lot and I feel as though I am bouncing around from stage to stage. It is strange how GaGa has seemed to have read my mind in this more recent album.. or she has been stalking me 😛 This is another power-singing, jump up and down, sing-along track. ‘I don’t wanna be alone forever,  but I love gypsy life’ So effing incredible! What a track! Very GaGa and very happy; it just warms my heart. It has been a struggle for me to be alone and devote my life to the stage and choose to embrace the weirdo in me wholly at the sacrifice of many other things. But it is amazing how a simple track can make you feel as though somebody is with you and you have a support system wanting you to succeed and be who you are. I may have shed a few tears for this one also 🙂

Applause – I don’t know that I need to go into depths about how much I love this track because we all know! It is the inspiration and music for my most recent Burlesque routine.. This track is powerful, is passionate and brought me back to life. It really is the best song on the album and I like that it is the final track.

All in all, despite being a little disappointed in the recordings of some of the tracks after I had heard them performed live at the iTunes Festival, I thoroughly enjoyed Artpop. It is everything that Lady GaGa stands for and everything that I stand for; power, passion and positivity. It really has given me something to look forward to for months and has inspired me to continue to creatively push myself to reach a point where I am happy in my work. What a great album and what a magnificent amount of respect and love I still hold for my Mother Monster ❤

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Artpop Happy Tears :)

Artpop Happy Tears 🙂

Aurora Galore – Applause

I wanna be with you (Re-named Dope) – Live at the iTunes Festival

Swine – Live at the iTunes Festival

Artpop Cover – Artwork by Jeff Koons

Lady Gag Artpop Jeff Koons Kunst Contemporary Art Applause Aurora Galore Aura Birth of Venus Blue Orb


Halloween Part 2

So Halloween Round 2 happened this week/end and it was a bit harder as I think I had already lost the plot, but it was so much fun!

I love this time of year so much, because everybody dresses up, gets creative and indulges in a little craziness!

I performed at the Cuckoo Club on Wednesday. Which is a fun gig with lots of colourful and happy people, and some awesome costumes 🙂

I then performed at my beloved Crazy Bear on Thursday. I dressed up as a Victorian Ghost Witch the night before just because but I decided to use that costume and try out my new fire music which I really enjoyed performing to 🙂 I also did my Zombie Fan Dance and went a bit darker with the make up but really liked the outcome.

Friday night I was performing my Circus Fire set so decided to go in a different direction and do some glittery clown make up 🙂 It is a lot less make up then I usually wear but I really liked the look and think I may try it out again in the future. That was a fun gig, as I really love that act! And people think that I am being ridiculous because it is Halloween.. little do they know!

Saturday I got to perform a set with the amazing Tankus the Henge. They have such a wonderful fan base so it was really lovely to be a part of that 🙂 After that it was straight back to the Cuckoo Club which was a little harder as it was the last show of the Halloween run, but also a lot of fun as I have had such an amazing Halloween this year.

Last night I celebrated with my friends Dave the Bear and Bonita Bitchslap which was wonderful to unwind a little and have some time to laugh!

All in all it has been such an incredible time for me this Halloween and I am grateful for everyone that asked me to be a parts of their events 🙂

I have started working and will continue to do so on my new costume which I will preview this weekend at my show. Super looking forward to it and going to add in some different and new choreography.

Keep your eyes peeled!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

 

Glittery Clown Make up :)

Glittery Clown Make up 🙂

Zombie at Crazy Bear!

Zombie at Crazy Bear!

 

Victorian Witch Ghost!

Victorian Witch Ghost!

With Regan at Crazy Bear

With Regan at Crazy Bear

 

Going home!

Going home!

Going out for Sunday Lunch :)

Going out for Sunday Lunch 🙂

 

With the gang for lunch :)

With the gang for lunch 🙂

Cocktail in a jar!

Cocktail in a jar!

 


So much to tell :)

Soo This is my Super Blog!

And by that I mean, I have done so much stuff I have not had time to document and therefore it has all accumilated into one giant blog post!

So as Julie Andrews says, let’s start at the very beginning 🙂

So last week myself, and my two favourite boys, Dave the Bear and Mark R Charade headed to the Cabaret get-together. It was so lovely to see so many wonderful performers that I had not seen in a while, but the real success that night was that I brought back the bonnet – by way of ruff no less! Yes this victory was a great one and I shall continue to move forward with the bonnet! Bringing Victorian fashion into the 21st century!

Tuesday I went for a date with Dave the Bear. We went to the cinema to see Prisoners. Now this is not burlesque or circus related, but it is so worth mentioning as it was such a spectacular film! We were literally on the edge of our seats; if you get a chance, go and see it!!

Last week I also went to watch my lovely friend Mark DJ at Crazy Bear. I will be performing there again for Halloween this year so it was nice to hang out with the staff and boogie before my manic weekend!

So Thursday came upon us.. Erotica rehearsal day! I was sadly told then about the sprinklers above the stage so it was not possible for me to do my fire show. So, I ended up rechoreographing it into a Fan Dance with some crazy twerking at the end..

Thursday night I performed at Supperclub,. It was a tribal themed night so I used a Florence and the Machine track I had used once before for a similar themed night and did some ameteur body painting. I didn’t want to be offensive or silly but I did want it to look erratic and odd. I had such a wonderful time performig there, the lighting and set up was so beautiful, it really put me into the right frame of mind to perform in that context. Afterwards myself and Mark (Charade) ended up in a photoshoot for the Supperclub Birthday party whereby we had to basically rip apart cakes and drink champagne.. my kind of after show fun!

Friday was the start of Erotica! And what an awesome journey! I had planned to look around as well as try to watch everyone perform, but due the the timings I couldnt see everyone but I did see some incredible performers! I quite enjoyed performing my little Twerk/Fan Dance! It isn’t my usual conceptual crazy act, but it was a lot of fun and I do enjoy a bit of ridiculousness every now and then.. ok all the time! Missy Macabre’s fire show was sick! She had some insane tricks in there, and Hugo Demarais.. Mother of God, I have ever seen an aerial spin like that!! After Erotica, myself and Karis Wilde sprinted back to Supperclub to perform, where I did my Joker act. The costume is still not complete but I am loving the development of the act 🙂

After that, it was a quick cab ride, where the poor cab driver had to witness my crazy outfit, make up and hair change until I arrived at The Great Exhibiton Pub for my final show of the evening that Jackie Le had put together. Back in my blue and feathers, I did my Fan Dance where I ended up standing on the tables frightening some poor women with my backside.. Good times!!

I then dashed back into town to Soho House to unwind besides Mark R Charade’s DJ set, which pretty much meant I poked him until he played the new GaGa/R Kelly song so I could bounce about like a maniac (it worked of course :P)

After 4 hours sleep, Saturday was upon us. I headed back to Erotica for day 2 and this time managed to catch Polly Rae and Marnie Scarlet’s acts which were, as always, fabulous! The second day was a little harder for me, but seeing everyone being so fantastic pushed me to do my best. I headed back to Supperclub for the 3rd day and did my Joker set again. As I was aware of the space, I felt as though it went a lot better and I really enjoyed that one!

After that, I headed down to Brixton to perform at Kaff Bar. I have performed there a few times, and it always has such a wonderful energy. And although I missed her act, I got to see a bit of the sexy CoCo Deville, although I think she was rather perturbed by my tired communication skills!

Sunday was the final day of Erotica, and after *drumroll please* 8 hours sleep, I was feeling great! The day was so much fun and Ophelia Bitz knocked it out of the park. She had just become so godammn funny by Day 3, it was wonderful! All in all, I had such a fantastic experience performing at Erotica and working with the Torture Garden crew again; my only sadness was that I had to miss Chrisalys and Yusura perform, but I have seen them before, so I have some memories!! All the shows I did were so amazing, I had such a blast the whole weekend!

I have been so inspired this as well by such hard-working and epically-skilled performers, that I am excited to create a new fire show. I just re-worked my Winter number and brought out the Joker number, but I fear they are to Halloween/Winter specific so I do want to create something more all-year-round friendly. I had a track that I considered for my Joker act, but didn’t quite work with that theme, but it does for this new one I have in mind!

I have ordered some pretty insane materials, because we can’t just have a Ruff out of fabric.. Stay Tuned!

This week you can catch me at Crazy Bear on Thursday and some other places dotted around London for Halloween weekend 2!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Bringing back the Bonnet!

Bringing back the Bonnet!

Date with Dave the Bear

Date with Dave the Bear

Going Crazy at Crazy Bear!

Going Crazy at Crazy Bear!

Crazy Gazing!

Crazy Gazing!

The Great Exhibition Mania!

The Great Exhibition Mania!

Me and the Charade at Soho House

Me and the Charade at Soho House

Birthday fun at Supperclub London!

Birthday fun at Supperclub London!

The Joker at Supperclub London!

The Joker at Supperclub London!

Behind the Photoshoot scenes :P

Behind the Photoshoot scenes 😛

Mark insisted I caption this 'ruggedly handsome'..

Mark insisted I caption this ‘ruggedly handsome’..

Whiskey Kittens backstage after 5 shows!

Whiskey Kittens backstage after 5 shows!

Erotica with Miss Miranda, Miss Cairo, Charlotte and Missa Blue

Erotica with Miss Miranda, Miss Cairo, Charlotte and Missa Blue

Erotica with Marnie Scarlet, Chrisalys, Yusura, Miss Miranda and Max Deviant

Erotica with Marnie Scarlet, Chrisalys, Yusura, Miss Miranda and Max Deviant

Erotica Backstage Awesomeness!

Erotica Backstage Awesomeness!

Erotica 2013 Crew!

Erotica 2013 Crew!

The Freaks!

The Freaks!

Me and the Sideshow Gals!

Me and the Sideshow Gals!

Erotica :)

Erotica 🙂

Me and Miss Miranda, Missy Macabre, Felicity Logan and Chiqui

Me and Miss Miranda, Missy Macabre, Felicity Logan and Chiqui

Erotica Outfit!

Erotica Outfit!

Me with Miss Miranda, Missa Blue and Miss Cairo

Me with Miss Miranda, Missa Blue and Miss Cairo


La Week a la Galore!

As it’s Sunday, I thought I’d post a little something about what has been happening in Galore land.

I have written a few little anecdotes about my thoughts and antics, but I have returned to give you a full run down!

Last weekend I performed at the wonderfully charming Manbar.. A cleverly named gay bar where I did a guest spot at Myra Dubois’ Sunday School show. She was absolutely brilliant, and although the crowd weren’t incredibly responsive; I had a brilliant time and especially enjoyed the art exhibition containing strategically placed Ken Dolls!

This week my new feathers arrived 🙂 I won’t bore you with my excitement as I have already dedicated an entire blog to it.. Which all of you have of course read 😛
But sadly, last night they snapped and kind of fell apart so I am going to have to remake them in a way that’ll be more dance efficient!

Wednesday, I had an exciting meeting.. mwahahaa..
Followed by once again going to support my friend Mark R Charade DJ at my beloved Crazy Bear. And boy did we get crazy! I invited Stockholm Burlesque Festival producers Fraulein Frauke (Performer) and John-Paul Bichard (Photographer) down for.. a chat! But it was lovely to see them and hear about the aftermath of the wonderful festival!

I have been working on my Erotica act and costume also known as the ‘cheesewire’ costume as it is made entirely out of thin strips of elastic.. Don’t know how I am going to pull that one off! But I have been working exceptionally hard on my twerking and choreography so I am hoping that’ll distract from it! I am using a remix of N*E*R*D’s Lapdance, edited by Sounds Wilde which sounds awesome! So really looking forward to that this coming week!

I have been re-visiting some of my favourite Haute Couture fashion designers this week for inspiration. I’d like to generally take my clothing to the next level.. you know, for fun! So I am looking for ways to engineer some of my favourite pieces in a different way.. Should be easy! :/

Last night, I was in Liverpool performing at the Martini Lounge, which was wonderful! The stage and line up was amazing so it was great to be a part of it. Other performers included Vicky Butterfly, Mat Ricardo, Missy Malone, Velma von Bon Bon and Martini Lounge’s curator Millie Dollar who were all beautiful and inspiring 🙂
I performed with my new Blue fans and wig which was heavy (not the wig!) and I just need to get used to the weight and moving with them differently but I was happy with the act. The snapping resulted in some serious booty action.. on some level I think my mind dropped the fans on purpose! 😛 I also performed my Paint/ Lady GaGa inspired act which I really love. I feel like it is the act that really brought me back to life after my summer woes. It is so bold and raw; I just love performing that way!!

Today, I have been trying to catch up with my sleep and my admin but sadly I got a lot of new fabric in the post.. So I have been Ruff Making! I thought it might be fun to make a rainbow ruff with the tiers being different coloured fabrics! I know, I know.. Compelling stuff!!

All in all, a fun and eventful week 🙂

Next week, I am performing at Erotica, Supperclub and a few other wonderful shows that I literally cannot wait for!!
Bring on the Paiiin!!!

And of course the new GaGa single comes out 🙂

Until then,

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Backstage at Manbar for Myra Dubois' Show

Backstage at Manbar for Myra Dubois’ Show

Live at Manbar for Myra Dubois' Show

Live at Manbar for Myra Dubois’ Show

Crazy Bear with DJ Mark R Charade

Crazy Bear with DJ Mark R Charade

In the wings with Mat Ricardo and Velma von Bon Bon

In the wings with Mat Ricardo and Velma von Bon Bon

Rainbow Ruff :)

Rainbow Ruff 🙂

Backstage at the Martini Lounge with Vicky Butterfly

Backstage at the Martini Lounge with Vicky Butterfly

Martini Lounge StageMartini Lounge Stage

Jennifer Lawrence in Harper's Bazaar :)

Jennifer Lawrence in Harper’s Bazaar 🙂

Inspiring Fashion :)

Inspiring Fashion 🙂


Fans Galore!

So as my cleverly constructed title might suggest..

This blog post is about the evolution of my new Ostrich Feather Fans!

Not the two people that read my blog 😛

When I started, I used red (and used a Moulin Rouge track).. Not ashamed, but I do cringe a little!

I quickly, however moved to black as it was -go figure- dark and moody! Now that I have evolved as a fan dancer, I have the ability to move with a specific mood in mind without my fan colour needing to specifically portray it.

I used Fuchsia for my Ostrich boa fans, because even though I like colours to be very vivid; I wanted an almost dirty off colour to represent the idea of a post apocalyptic world and battle (and the colour of Effie).

So when I made the decision to re-brand with a new colour for my non-boa fans, I decided to go for cobalt/royal blue. I have explored this colour in my ‘Marry the Night’ piece as it is one of the colours of the US Flag! But I think as a colour it is very bold and looks expensive and I am really excited about it!

So I ordered 75 30-inch feathers that will make approximately a 3 layer thick stave of which there are 12 per fan.. hopefully making them bigger than me! I have used acrylic staves again even though they like to snap one me and extra strong wire and fishing line to hold them together!

I made this decision around April/May so when I was in New York I picked up a few hundred genuine Swarovski Crystals to make my fans sparkle 🙂

I am so excited to debut them on Saturday at the Martini Lounge along with my wig custom made for me by Charlie Buckitt of the Late Night Boutique 🙂 I am indecided about the costume as I don’t know if I want to add an extra piece or keep the same structure that I have now.

I have chosen my new track which I was performing with my Circus Fans

Video Here:

So super exciting times in Galore Feather land!

Have a scroll down for the feather journey in pictures 🙂

Also, as I am in Liverpool this Saturday I cannot attend..

But my dear friend Mark R Charade has created a wonderful event and it would be great if some people could attend in my place 🙂 And if you wear a ruff, I will be extra proud 🙂

Here’s his interview with Run Riot and the event details

http://www.run-riot.com/articles/blogs/mark-r-charade-roustabouts-their-new-venture-katzenjammer-club

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Feathers as long as my leg!

Feathers as long as my leg!

Feathers!
Feathers!

On the staves!
On the staves!

10 Stave Span!
10 Stave Span!

Fans!

Swarovskis!

Swarovskis!

Fan making gear!

Fan making gear!

Ribbon for the Staves

Ribbon for the Staves


Do we own art? Or does art own us?

Inspiration is a wonderful thing.

To have it, to share it, to duplicate it.

But what do we really own? What is original? What crosses the line into plaguarism?

I first was confused by this when I had a photoshoot and was told that despite my face being in the image; I did not own any right to the photo even if I had paid for it. This concept baffled me and I started to wonder about other circumstances.

If I create an act, can anyone use it if I have no ownership of the music and the concept? Can somebody use a piece of music and costume that I have chosen specifically for an act?

It is always a difficult thing as an artist to be inspired by something so mildly or in abundance. Do we relinquish ownership of what we have created the minute somebody knows the inspiration?

I perform acts that I spend hours a day choreographing, weeks costume making and however long is takes to secure a concept- but does the inspiration own what I do?

If I give out creative advice or inspiration, do I own that outcome?

Should I surrender all of my creativity because everything I have created in its inception wasn’t necessarily my idea?

I seldom consider the feelings of the musician of the tracks that I perform to and whether or not they want somebody spitting fire or dancing around in a thong to something that they have created perhaps for a different intention. Am I to research their inspiration before doing so?

Do I have no right to moan about somebody using my concept when, for example, I use The Joker quite blatantly as mine? Or is the homage of the act credit enough for the inspiration that it is warranted? Should somebody pay homage to me if they use a concept I shared?

I am inspired by a number of things from a number of different places.I like to put them all into a couldron, add splashes of my own craziness and create something new.

I credit people where I can, and inspirations when necessary, but am I just a fraud and a plagiarist?

Apologies, that things are getting a little heavy for a Saturday, but I thought it was worth exploring.

Comments welcome!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Lady GaGa – Artpop Cover

Image created by Jeff Koons – the contemporary Artist.

Whose named in Applause – as a play on the word Kunst 🙂

Lady Gag Artpop Jeff Koons Kunst Contemporary Art Applause Aurora Galore Aura Birth of Venus Blue Orb


Travelling Galore!

Apologies for my delay in posting!

Things have been rather frazzled my end after returning from my travels! But I have made a little time to tell you all about it!

So last I left you, I was hanging about in Supperclub in Amsterdam! Well the rest of my stay was wonderful; the whole experience for me was truly fantastic. To be ale to perform the way that I want to in an accepting environment pushed me as an artist! I debuted my re-vamped Winter act, which I have named Fire and Ice. I used the same music (Lindsay Sterling – Crystallise) an amazing Violin Dubstep piece and added some different touches from the original ‘Snowman’ act. I am doing a photoshoot of the whole ensemble soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

On the day I came back, I ordered the feathers for my new fans! I am super excited to soon unveil the new colour of my fans, and to perform my fan dance with giant fans – the way I like them! Exciting Stuff!

And then I headed to Stockholm! And what an adventure this was! WOW! I would firstly like to thank John-Paul Bichard and Fraulein Frauke for being such great organisers and allowing me the opportunity to visit such a beautiful city and be a part of such a wonderul event.

So I arrived on Thursday, and all of the performers that were in Stockholm went out for a little get together in Stockhom. Now Galorey is very professional buttt I feel as though I MUST mention the sheer beauty of the Men in Stockholm!! The facial hair! The tattoos! One man with a pipe… That aspect of the trip, alone, was magical!

Now on to the work stuff! Friday, myself and some of the other performers went for a day out in Stockholm. It was so wonderful, the architecture, the water, the statues, it was all such a great experience. I especially liked a man on a bridge playing some extraordinary music; I may have had a little dance 🙂

The show, that night was amazing! The venue was utterly beautiful and I performed to 3 levels of beautifully receptive audience members who gave me some of the most lovely post-show responses. It was so heart warming. I performed my Circus Routine. Now originally this is performed to Circus Contraption’s Welcome to the Circus but seeing as Armitage Shanks was in fact singing that song.. I didn’t want to embarass myself! However, much to my surprise, he offered to sing it for me whilst I was on stage if our paths crossed again.. that was perhaps one of the highlights of my career thus far!!

Some of my favourite performers that evening were Apathy Angel; who assel twirled and twerked like nobody’s business! I love me some booty, and this was one special one!! Mr Pustra also, performing a track from The Nightmare before Christmas dressed in his -homage to Klaus Nomi- suit was utterly breath-taking. His umbrella prop worked so amazingly with the aesthetics of the act and it was such a wonderful artistic moment 🙂

Day 2, the show was held at the Nalen theatre. I wasn’t performing an act, but I was competing in the Octbooberfest competition – a tassel twirling competition with all proceeds going to charity. And would you Adam and Eve it; I won!! We had to tassel twirl continuously and perform tasks such as turning, raising one arm and hopping on one leg, and I succeeded as the last twirler standing after about 6 minutes! Best Technique went, of course to the beautiful Trixie Tassels! But I got a trophy and a sash and everything!

The show was really great, and the acts were all wonderful and full of life and creativity. Afterwards, I decided to drink copius amounts of Champagne from my trophy with some beauties from the festival such as Trixie Tassels, Velma von Bon Bon, Strawberry Siren, Eliza Delite and Champgne Sparkles.

Now apologies to anyone I spoke to whilst intoxicated, Galorey rarely drinks and I realised why! I really am a nice person and not a psycho, I promise 🙂

So after much champagne fun, I headed straight to the airport and managed an hour sleep on the plane. Then it was straight to The Burning Beat. I am an avid supporter of Mark R. Charade and The Roustabouts so I couldn’t do anything silly like sleep when they had an event on! Performers included the HOTTT Bettsie Bon Bon, Tom Baker and Miss Miranda.

This week and next I have so much sewing and admin to catch up on, a photoshoot and some other top secret endevours!

But all in all, I have had such an amazing experience around Europe and London, and I am grateful for everyone who has supported me and even more grateful to all of the people who carried me when I didn’t want to push through the turmoils that this wonderful careers throws at us.

Thank you so much community ❤

It is a pleasure to be a part of it!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Amsterdam Faces

Amsterdam Faces

Supperclub Crew

Supperclub Crew

Stockholm Faces

Stockholm Faces

London Faces

London Faces

Live Shot at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival

Live Shot at the Stockholm Burlesque Festival

Live Shots by John-Paul Bichard

Live Shots by John-Paul Bichard

Backstage Madness

Backstage Madness

Winner of the Octbooberfest 2013!

Winner of the Octbooberfest 2013

Backstage with Banbury Cross

Backstage with Banbury Cross

Trophys!

Trophys!

Octbooberfest Poster

Octbooberfest Poster

With Fraulein Frauke, Trixie Tassels and Lady Bona

With Fraulein Frauke, Trixie Tassels and Lady Bona

Backstage with Trixie Tassels, Strawberry Siren, Velma von BonBon and Eliza Delite

Backstage with Trixie Tassels, Strawberry Siren, Velma von BonBon and Eliza Delite

Armitage Shanks and Mr Pustra

Armitage Shanks and Mr Pustra

Drunken Trixie Tassels and Champagne Sparkles

Drunken Trixie Tassels and Champagne Sparkles

Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm with the performers

Stockholm with the performers

Airport Faces!

Airport Faces!


Amsterdam, Crazy Bears and Ghosts!

I am writing to you from Amsterdam! However before I get into that.. a couple things have happened before!..

Last weekend, I performed at Burly Q! I have always been a fan of the show as I think that it is a wonderful event and also think that they always have such high quality performers, so when I was asked to perform there, I felt very honoured. It was such an amazing event; so well run and so well
programmed. The flow of the show was so wonderful, and I always feel better when a show is run smoothly. Other performers on the bill were Honey Wilde, Banbury Cross, Liberty Sweet (of the Folly Mixtures) and Edd Muir. It was a really fantastic lineup and such great fun! I hope to return again in the future.

I went on a ghost walk around St Paul’s with the hairily sexy Dave the Bear. It was really nice to do something different and to actually be able to explore some history in the town that I live in!

This week I also went to visit the wonderful people at Crazy Bear in support of my friend Mark R Charade’s (The Roustabouts) DJ set. I have worked with them for nearly 3 years and the venues are always so beautiful and have such a great atmosphere so it was wonderful to hear Mark R’s music emmulated in such a lovely place.

The very next morning, at 4am.. I headed for the airport to hit Amsterdam! After frantically packing and zero sleep, I arrived in Amsterdam to a sunny day and attempted to navigate myself through a foreign city. As luck would have it (and very clear instructions) I managed to find the venue! I was most pleased as tired Galore does not do well if things go wrong!
After a little nap, I prepared for my first set. I have wanted to perform in Supperclub in Amsterdam for a while as I love that they embrace the weird and the creative and with such a prestigious history of performers, it was very exciting to be able to join that company.
I have been performing a walkabout set and one of my acts each night which has been different butalso so much fun! A walkabout act requires a lot less energy and initially that was a hard concept for me to grasp as I am used to performing like I have taken a truck load of speed (rest assured; I would never take speed during a fire set- or ever for that matter, I would probably explode!!).
The first day I performed, I perform my Circus Ringmaster Fire Show. I tried out some new music- a harder dubstep track, but still has the same silly energy as the Circus Contraption one has that I have been previously using. I liked it alot and I will definately continue to build upon it.

The second day, I resurrected my Black and Gold Routine. The costume is a bit more visually striking than I remembered, and it worked great in this environment, I had planned to use a different track- one that was more drum and bass, however the creative director preferred my original track as there are more layers in it- so I went with that one. It was fun and I do like that act, I have just always questioned how ‘Aurora Galore’ it is!? But it is a lot of fun!

Afterwards, I went over to perform at Misbehave – a fetish party that was happening not too far from where I was- to debut The Joker! I had to do a toned down fire version of it due to the space restrictions, but it was great to get a feel of the track and the energy and gage the crowd reaction. I really enjoyed it and the track worked really well with the pacing of the act. Sadly, as I like to be method (:/) I decided to use liquid latex under my Joker smile to make my mouth twitch much like Heath Ledger’s. Now that worked wonders and I had that down… What I didn’t expect during a tongue transfer was for the liquid latex to catch on fire. I am fine, but sadly I have a little burn on my face. It was a really terrifying experience- so word of warning.. Liquid Latex is flammable!!

Last night, after a fun walkabout with lots of really wonderful guests, I decided to debut the Joker with my Fire Fans and Fire Breathing at Supperclub so that I could see properly how the flow of the act worked with all of the elements in place. I need to get my Jacket finished, as I feel that it would make a much stronger entrance to have a striking costume piece. I also need to tighten up my choreography. When I am a little nervous, I tend to peform my ‘go to’ moves which can sometimes seem repetitive, so I need to make things a lot more sharp and dynamic and build confidence in it so that it always looks as it does in rehearsal! After having a talk with the creative director, we had a think about who the Joker is; what are his traits? He is insane, and unpredictable, and those are the elements that I should put into the act. Create unpredictable fire shapes, choreography that doesn’t necessarily work in any other setting and be more aggressive with the audience, be crazier and don’t be afraid to go full force. I think that the act has a good foundation and I am really excited to buid upon it and make it that much more eccentric!

So today, I had a wander around Amsterdam again. Luckily, the weather has been beautiful so I have been able to have a little explore! And I will be debuting my ‘Fire and Ice’ act tonight! It is a re-vamp of my Snowman act that I created last year, and has now turned into more of a Snow Queen!
I am rather excited for it, and I hope it goes down well; I may have to watch it back and see!

Anywho…
I shall keep you posted on my final couple of days here in Amsterdam and will soon be writing to you from Stockholm, which I am growing ever more excited for!

So until then..

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa
Aurora ❤ xx

Backstage at Burly Q with Honey Wilde,Liberty Sweet and Banbury Cross

Backstage at Burly Q with Honey Wilde,Liberty Sweet and Banbury Cross

Burly Q Madness!

Burly Q Madness!

Wierd, Wild and Wonderful!

Wierd, Wild and Wonderful!

Hunger  Games

Hunger Games

On the Train home with Cupcakes!

On the Train home with Cupcakes!

With Mark R. Charade looking rather adorable!

With Mark R. Charade looking rather adorable!

New Costumes!

New Costumes!

On a Ghost Tour in London with Dave the Bear

On a Ghost Tour in London with Dave the Bear

En route to Amsterdam!

En route to Amsterdam!

Supperclub Looks -Day 1

Supperclub Looks -Day 1

Supperclub Live Shots - Day 1

Supperclub Live Shots – Day 1

Supperclub Looks - Day 2

Supperclub Looks – Day 2

Supperclub Promo Shots - Day 2

Supperclub Promo Shots – Day 2

The Joker at Misbehave

The Joker at Misbehave

Supperclub Looks -Day 3

Supperclub Looks -Day 3

Me and Beeby Rose backstage at Supperclub :)

Me and Beeby Rose backstage at Supperclub 🙂

Supperclub Promo Shot - Joker - Day 3

Supperclub Promo Shot – Joker – Day 3


New Acts!!

So this week I revealed to you that my new Fire Act will be..

The Joker!!

I am so very excited about this one! I have been working on it for a while, but I have waited for the right creative spark to ignite so that it can be as awesome as possible! I will be debuting it next week at Supperclub Amsterdam which means that there has been some frantic sewing and crystalling going on at Galore Towers! I wanted to incorporate the Renaissance Jester style – like some of the older Joker cards as it the first time that I am able to add in something from a time period that I am inspired by. I went with more of a flat Jester style Ruff as it will be much easier to dance in and means I will be able to keep it on throughout the act. I am going to make an elaborate jacket (fingers crossed) which I am starting shorty! Eee! I am going with a dance/dubstep tracked with some Heath Ledger quotes spliced in 🙂

I have recently re-vamped my Fan Dance as I was growing tiresome of my old track and the black feathers never seemed to resonate very well on stage. I also created Applause – a new GaGa number as I felt like it was more suited to my new, enhanced branding. So I have my new burlesque acts covered, but it has been my goal to curate some really awesome fire routines.

I have also chosen to re-work my Snowman act. I love the winter theme and the music that I used, so I have decided to extract those two elements and create a winter fire act. I also plan on debuting it at Supperclub Amsterdam. So you can imagine how excited I am to get there. I will be unveiling new and re-worked projects that I feel are a lot closer to my heart and represent what I want to do more than ever before. It will be a challenge but an amazing one!

I have also changed the music for my Black and Gold routine – I really liked my old track, however the new one just seems to get my energy levels up better. I will be performing my original Black and Gold routine for the last time at Burly Q tomorrow night – a show that I literally can’t wait for!

I have mainly been stitching, crystalling and rehearsing this week but I did make time to head to Soho House again whilst my dear friend Mark R. Charade (The Roustabouts) was DJing last night. I went with a different, more ‘normal’ look! I was told we were wearing burgundy so I went with burgundy hair! It was fun as always!

I have been amping up my rehearsing/training and I feel that it is really benefiting my dance skills and performance skills, so I shall continue to sweat until I cry and love every second! I also found some pretty awesome live shots from Torture Garden so have a scroll down to see!

Until next time…

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

The Joker Bra

The Joker Bra

The Joker Ruff

The Joker Ruff

A work in Progress

A work in Progress

Soho House Look!

Soho House Look!

Gold and Tikka Ruff

Gold and Tikka Ruff

Me and Mark R Charade

Me and Mark R Charade

Me attempting to do the Mark R eyebrow!

Me attempting to do the Mark R eyebrow!

Mark R Charade deep in concentration!

Mark R Charade deep in concentration!

Torture Garden Live

Torture Garden Live

Torture Garden Live with Sparklers!

Torture Garden Live with Sparklers!

Torture Garden Live Fire Eating

Torture Garden Live Fire Eating

Torture Garden Live Body Burning

Torture Garden Live Body Burning

 


Creative Galore!

What has happened this week?!

I have confirmed a concept for my new fire routine. I am extremely excited about it because I have been struggling with creativity lately but I really think that I can take it somewhere special. I am excited to start working on the costume. When I get some pieces finished, I will let you know what the act will be!

On thursday , I was reunited with my lovely Dave the Bear and Bonita Bitchslap and we went to see The Passion of Joan of Arc, the 1928 silent movie which was incredibly beautiful and moving. Afterwards, I went to Soho House again to boogie with my friend Mark R. Charade of The Roustabouts who was DJing as usual. It was fun as always and we dressed in black and white again which basically meant I could dress up like GaGa and go with white hair!

My beautiful friend Emily Bailey of ENB photography came down this weekend as it was fashion week which meant we got to hang out and be creative! Soo for fun, I did some crazy galore make up on her and snapped some pictures of her. I am not a photographer or makeup artist but I enjoy both and thought that it would be good for me. I have been struggling with having my picture taken and I thought that being behind the camera might help me. I have boosted my make up and hair extravagancy recently because I feel like it is truer to my creativity however I don’t have any photos of this other than my mobile uploads! I have really needed photos and it has been tough for me to find any photographer that I feel comfortable with as a lot of people have trouble with my idea of beauty. I also become overwhelmed with anxiety when I get photographed so it was good for me to see what the photographer sees.

I chose a couple of looks. The first makeup look was a victorian circus inspired make up, but in true Galore style it was spun in a contemporary fashion. I have made a selection of ruffs recently so I mixed and matched various ones. I also tried out a victorian mourning wear look with some spider tulle I had which I really liked! The second make up look I did was an updated 20s look inspired by the Nameless collection from Illamasqua. I added a fuchsia wig that I styled for Torture Garden which worked really well in addition to a faux finger waves look in Emily’s normal hair. I used some more ruffs for styling again but I felt that the severity of the make up and hair made the looks strong enough. I used almost all Illamasqua and MAC products. I liked the victorian mourning wear styling so much that I attempted to match what Emily looked like on myself in spite of my camera fright. We thought it would be fun to put our photos together and create a story of the person’s funeral that we were going to. We landed on Lord Alfred Tennyson! Perhaps one of us would read an extract from In Memoriam whilst we there!

I performed this weekend in Brighton which was good fun. I was unfortunately confined to a space no bigger than my feet, but it was nice to just perform a fire set that was just tricks as I seldom use them in my fire shows due to how fast pace I perform. I also tried out a new wig this weekend. I had gone mint green a couple of years ago when GaGa released her You and I video but bought a mint green bob a few months back and was really happy I tried it out! I added an emerald green ruff I had and put it on top of my head which looked rather good. Green success!

I may use the look again in the future. I will be frantically sewing my new costume this week in addition to sprucing up my costumes for next weeks show, Burly Q which I am ridiculously excited for! All in all, I feel like my creativity is slowly but surely returning. It has been a long dry spell but I am happy to feel like myself again!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Green make up, bob and head ruff!

Green make up, bob and head ruff!

Photo by Me of Emily Bailey inspired by 'Nameless' by Illamasqua Retouched by ENB Photography

Photo by Me of Emily Bailey inspired by ‘Nameless’ by Illamasqua
Retouched by ENB Photography

Photo by Me of ENB Photography

Photo by Me of ENB Photography

Illamasqua 'Nameless' makeup inspiration

Illamasqua ‘Nameless’ makeup inspiration

Me and my friend Mark R Charade at Torture Garden

Me and my friend Mark R Charade at Torture Garden

Me and my friend Mark R Charade at Torture Garden

Me and my friend Mark R Charade at Torture Garden

Green show make up

Green show make up

Me and Emily en route home from my show in Brighton

Me and Emily en route home from my show in Brighton

Illamasqua, MAC and Ruffs!

Illamasqua, MAC and Ruffs!

Photo by Me of Emily Bailey Retouched by ENB Photography

Photo by Me of Emily Bailey
Retouched by ENB Photography

Preview of shot by me of ENB Photography

Preview of shot by me of ENB Photography

Me getting ready for Soho House channelling GaGa's Swine

Me getting ready for Soho House channelling GaGa’s Swine


Squealer, Squealer, SQUEAL OUT!

Hey lovers!

This week, Lady GaGa released some of the new songs that will be on Artpop including Swine and I wanna be with you. Needless to say, I am super excited for the album to be released so I can dance around like a crazy monster! GaGa was, as always inspiring!

This week, in general has been a rather tough one for me. I debuted at Torture Garden. I was unsure as to what act to perform, as I have scrapped a lot of my current stuff as I feel as though it is not as strong as the performer I have evolved into. Unfortunately, this has left me with not much; just some fire skills and not a whole lot else :/ I have been back and forth with a lot of ideas, but have not managed to solidify anything as of yet. Some more elaborate ideas I have, may take some time, but of course I needed something then. I opted for a more generic (but still fierce) fire set to a house track that I really like. I was disappointed in myself because I knew that I was better than it, but I tried my best on stage and I am happy that I did.

Side Note; If anyone has any amazing ideas for me – please feel free to send them to me!

I headed to Soho House again with DJ Mark R. Charade of The Roustabouts channeling sequins! It was fun as usual and nice to be able to unwind from all my stressssss!

On Sunday, to my utter surprise, I was in The Sunday Times Magazine! Rubyyy Jones had mention a few times to me that she was involved in a neo burlesque article that might be in The Sunday Times, however I had no idea that a photo of my Victorian Vampire act would be featured in it! 🙂 Very excited and very proud!

I have been generally rehearsing like a crazy person, and hunting for music, act ideas, costume ideas and my sanity! I haven’t found much of any, but I have been trying really hard to present something that I am proud of!

I have a couple things in the pipelines, but until I perform it or get most of it together, I will not know if I intend to keep any of it!

But fear not, September is here and October is nigh (which means Halloween!) and I am excited to see what they have in store for me!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Torture Garden Outfit

Torture Garden Outfit

Torture Garden Face!

Torture Garden Face!

Soho House Sequin Outfit!

Soho House Sequin Outfit!

Sunday Times Article!

Sunday Times Article!

 

Live Shot from The Save Rubyyy Jones Revue!

Live Shot from The Save Rubyyy Jones Revue!

Me and Mark R Charade at Soho House!

Me and Mark R Charade at Soho House!

Mark R Charade DJing at Soho House!

Mark R Charade DJing at Soho House!


Lady GaGa Videos!

Here are the videos of my new acts!

I wanted to update my Fan Dance, as I felt as though the track I was using was a little tired, so when I heard this mash up track, I thought it would be perfect to Fan Dance to. I am also bringing out another Fan Dance, in a new colour, because with my burlesque, I feel as though my Fan Dancing is stronger than my striptease and I am freer being able to dance without restriction; I may migrate my burlesque performances over to Fan Dances and Dance based routines in the future.

I also choreographed and sweat many hours over Applause. The song meant so much to me, as I have been feeling very woeful about my routines lately, and as GaGa appears to see inside my soul 😛 Applause was everything I needed at that moment. It is about passion, and being free and desperately seeking a positive response from the audience. I wanted to add in paint because it reflected the make up on the cover, the album title Artpop and about myself wanted to showcase artistry versus striptease. I really enjoyed the act and I am glad that it got such a lovely response.

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx


Give me some Ruff Applause!

It has been rather crazy since returning from Edinburgh! I thought that I would have a little breather, however GaGa’s new single release meant that there would be no rest in Galore land! Things have been difficult yet exciting!

I have been hanging out with my buddy Mark R Charade at Soho house as usual, having some serious clothing wars and dancing to his awesome mixes! However one week we were also joined by gentlemen juggler Florian Brooks which was rather fun as I had somebody to dance with!

I went to the  Playboy Club for CoCo Dubois’ birthday which was really good fun and I got to see Heather Holliday in action – whom I love so much! The clothing war was Black, Red and Gold and included Roustabout Anna Kronistic which made things very exciting! I know you’re thinking I am seriously sad, but I love to dress up, so I don’t care! 😛

I have performed in some great shows since I have been back. My favourite so far has been The Burning Beat run by The Roustabouts. It was such a great show and I got to debut ‘Applause’ – which to my knowledge the first burlesque and dance stage performance including GaGa herself! This included paint and several hours of precise choreography. One day I rehearsed for 5 hours straight and I sweat so much that I was slipping on the floor! Oh the Glamour!! I also performed my new GaGa Mash up Fan Dance which I really enjoyed! And got to perform it in my new Late Night Boutique wig made by Charlie Buckitt! ❤

I also have performed in some local places in addition to Lost Society – a wonderful bar in Clapham Junction which always has such a lovely crowd 🙂

Things have been brewing for September and October which I am getting rather excited for!

I am planning on bringing out all new material, but my music hunt has proven to be rather woeful as I cannot seem to find anything that fits what I want to do!

Alas, I shall keep trying and hoping for the best!

Tomorrow night, I am returning to the Save Rubyyy Jones Revue and Lost Society for some GaGa fun! Come down if you are in the area!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Black, Red and White Ruff Love :)

Black, Red and White Ruff Love 🙂

Black and White Outfit!

Black and White Outfit!

Black and White war with Mark R Charade!

Black and White war with Mark R Charade!

Black Red and Gold War with Mark R Charade and Anna Kronistic

Black Red and Gold War with Mark R Charade and Anna Kronistic

GaGa Fan Dance Make up

GaGa Fan Dance Make up

Applause Face!

 

Applause Face!
Mark R Charade and Florian Brooks

Mark R Charade and Florian Brooks

Me and GaGa have the same moves!

Me and GaGa have the same moves!

GaGa was inspired by my Tigz Rice Pose!

GaGa was inspired by my Tigz Rice Pose!

Me, Mark R Charade, and Florian Brooks

Me, Mark R Charade, and Florian Brooks

 


Inspiration Galore!

Now most people think that I am inspired by Lady GaGa, and Lady GaGa alone; this is very untrue!

She of course is my main source of inspiration; despite the clothes and controversy that she displays- she is always passionate, dedicated to the stage and will push on no matter what. That is the thing I love most about her.

I am not naive enough to think that Lady GaGa is responsible for her entire creative visions. She is open in promoting the Haus of GaGa; her creative team who help and inspire her as well as create (with her) her sets, her personal style and her video concepts. She is always keen to name designers and people who have influenced her, but like everyone who has ever done a music video or an interview- she cannot always credit everything in it.

I recently wrote a blog for Burlexe talking about Alternative Icons and inspirations that one may have in the cabaret industry. This does not mean that one should look to people other than Marilyn Monroe or Dita von Teese for inspiration; but as I like to be an alternative type of performer, it only makes sense that I do!

I am extremely inspired by all things Victorian. My main study throughout my English Literature degree was Victorian Feminist Literature. I love the clothing, the architecture, but mostly the idea of discovery. Discovery of self, discovery of gender in addition to all of the birth of many Gothic figures and the fantastic debates. It  was a wonderful period of time whereby so much came about and that always inspires me to create new and wonderful things and to dive into the unknown despite the tug of war within yourself.

Renaissance is also is a big influence in what I do. Mainly the Ruffs! I attribute my addiction to Ruffs to the Renaissance time period! The Renaissance, despite being before the Victorian Era was quite dark. Works by John Donne and Thomas Kyd express a raw nature and more of a primal existence. It was quite a wonderful time, and despite the female restrictions, Elizabeth I still showed people how awesome women could be!

Films – specifically the more artistic films and scenes inspire me a lot. Guillermo del Toro, is quite possibly one of the great visionaries of our time. Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy 2 specifically portray characters and creatures and sets that are so elaborately weird and beautiful that they make me weep just thinking about it! American Beauty, my favourite film, displays so much about beauty beyond the surface and how perceived beauty is not always what it appears to be. One of my favourite scenes is from Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island (the dream sequence); it just shows pain, art, and most importantly ashes falling! I love me a good weather-like fall on to a scene! Side Note: Somebody please buy me a rain machine!

Fashion! Specifically Haute Couture and Avant Garde Fashion. My favourite designers are Iris Van Herpen and John Galliano; they create such immaculate shapes and concepts that are both visually confusing as well as inviting. Not to mention the fact that old Galliano is from my home country Gibraltar 😛 It is wonderful to see somebody create a world and a story and a conflict all through clothing. I think fashion is a big influence in general, without me even realising it sometimes because I like to subvert expectations about what people should be wearing in cabaret and the circus and look different and weird and unexpected. GaGa dancing with a bed sheet and a leg in her new video was just beautiful!

I don’t know that make up is necessarily an inspiration, but Illamasqua’s new lines always coming with such stunning make up work and wonderful photographic imagery to match. It shows that make up can go beyond make up and characters and stories can be created just by using it in a way that wasn’t necessarily expected.

I love the Circus, I love the feel and the freedom and the freakdom (if that’s a word!)

I love literature – the mere thought that you create the world you are living through, I think it quite a wonderful concept.

I love art. Mainly old art! Ironically I like to be contemporary and forward thinking but I like to look to the past to re-create things for the future.

Dance of course! I love all types of dance, the movement, the shapes, the dedication! Ahhh what a beautiful thing it is to create a story with your body!

There are a mountain of other things and people who inspire me which I won’t bore you with on this humble Wednesday evening!

But just to clear things up; I am not only inspired by Lady GaGa!

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora ❤ xx

Iris Van Herpen

Iris Van Herpen

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John Galliano

Make up!

Make up!

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Illamasqua

Illamasqua

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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 ❤ xx

Live Shot from Be Barb Burlesque

Live Shot from Be Barb Burlesque

Live Shot from Be Barb Burlesque

Live Shot from Be Barb Burlesque

Live Shot from Be Barb Burlesque

Live Shot from Be Barb Burlesque

Getting Ready for Candid Cabaret

Getting Ready for Candid Cabaret

Gold Make up!

Gold Make up!

Being my Sexy Self!

Being my Sexy Self!

Fire Breathing at Silhouette Burlesque

Fire Breathing at Silhouette Burlesque

Me and Elsie Diamond Pre- Magic Faraway Cabaret

Me and Elsie Diamond Pre- Magic Faraway Cabaret

At Bianco

At Bianco

Me and Louise before Jollyboat

Me and Louise before Jollyboat

Dott Cotton Street Performing

Dott Cotton Street Performing

Witches and Wicked Bodies Exhibition

Witches and Wicked Bodies Exhibition

Ancient Egypt Artifacts

Ancient Egypt Artifacts

Final Show Day Face

Final Show Day Face

Fire and Fan Dance Wounds

Fire and Fan Dance Wounds


Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Before we go into me…

It is important that we all know that Lady GaGa will be releasing her single at the MTV Awards this month…
Stay tuned for my blog and general inspired gushing comments!!

Sooo.. I have arrived safely in Edinburgh!

I arrived after a 4-hour night sleep and a hard but extremely fun performance in Brixton the previous night! I didn’t have much time to wind down before my first show and got incredibly lost- but alas I made it!

The first show I did was Aurora Winterborn’s Candid Cabaret where I was reunited with my tour buddy Sukki Singapora. It was a great first show, I tried out a crazy track that a friend sent to me; I did a fire set which I rather enjoyed! It was a bit ridiculous but still had elements of skill and fun, which is essentially what I do! It’s always great to try something new either way!

For my beautiful Dave the Bear’s Magic Faraway Cabaret Show, I performed my new fan dance for a few days! I have forgotten how much I love fan dancing since I have been pushing my fire stuff so much, but  I feel like with fan dancing, it is less restricted by taking off clothes I can’t fit into and I can be a lot freer and dance the way that I love 🙂 My new fans are still on their way, but I have been using my circus fans in the mean time and trying out a new track that I heard and thought was quite wonderful…It might be a GaGa mashup!… The fans I am using absolutely rip my fingers to shreds which has resulted in about 10 plasters per day, but I have been soldiering on! Dave has been fierce as always as well as Mister Meredith and I have gotten to perform with some awesome people such as Diva Hollywood, Kate Smurthwaite and Tricity Vogue.

I performed at the wonderful Another F*cking Cabaret Show hosted and curated by Lili La Scala.  This was quite a wonderful show!
The stage was such a nice space, I found myself endlessly floating about dancing around it which was a nice change; I like to flutter! The crowd were lovely and I had so much fun. Lili la Scala was beautiful and fantastic as always; she sings quite spectacularly 🙂
Other wonders on the bill included the insanely talented gentlemen juggler Mat Ricardo, Lady Rizo and The Boy with Tape on His Face! The show was all great and I am really quite honoured to have been a part of it 🙂 I am looking forward to returning!

Another show I have performed at here in Edinburgh is Cherry Fox’s Silhouette Burlesque. The venue had wonderful high ceilings, which in Galore world means big fire breathing, which was awesome! It was a lovely show and the audience were awesome which was great for a Wednesday night! Other performers included Daiquiri Dusk, Kim Khaos and Magenta Lust.

Other festivities before the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have included seeing my beautiful Rubyyy Jones- getting inspired and sorting out shows, life and that other great stuff. I also saw Jackie Le and Beatrix von Bourbon which is always lovely as they are two performers I respect verymuch and have so many wonderful stories and creativity to share. I got to hang out at Soho House, with my lovely friend and awesome DJ, Markabre Charade which was rather fun.

So all in all, seeing very inspiring and beautiful people and dancing about like a mad woman with fire and feathers; a girl could do a lot worse 🙂

Stay Strange and Keep it GaGa

Aurora <3xx

Getting ready to have a fierce sequin-off with Markabre Charade

Getting ready to have a fierce sequin-off with Markabre Charade

Backstage Bum!

Backstage Bum!

Me and Markabre Charade!

Me and Markabre Charade!

Markabre DJing at Soho House

Markabre DJing at Soho House

Hottie Galore!

Hottie Galore!

En route to Edinburgh!

En route to Edinburgh!

Me and Sukki reunited!

Me and Sukki reunited!

Me and Dave the Bear before Magic Faraway Cabaret

Me and Dave the Bear before Magic Faraway Cabaret

Magic Faraway Cabaret  Opening Night!

Magic Faraway Cabaret Opening Night!

Live at Candid Cabaret

Live at Candid Cabaret

Live Shot at Candid Cabaret

Live Shot at Candid Cabaret

Magic Faraway GaGa Make up

Magic Faraway GaGa Make up

Silhouette Burlesque Hottie!

Silhouette Burlesque Hottie!

Dave the Bear looking like a major hottie :)

Dave the Bear looking like a major hottie 🙂

Me and Dave the Bear at Magic Faraway

Me and Dave the Bear at Magic Faraway

Wearing Trousers!!!

Wearing Trousers!!!

Magic Faraway Poster!

Magic Faraway Poster!

Fan Dancing wounds!

Fan Dancing wounds!