Hello kiddies and welcome to another fun-filled episode of ‘What the heck did we just see?’ Together we traveled from Route 66 to outer space, stopping at all locations in between. Let me tell ya, had I known about the road trip I would have worn more sensible shoes. The theater was packed to capacity to join us on our epic journey and I trust not a soul left Winds disappointed(you would not believe the frequent flier miles accumulated!).
Let me take a short moment here to say something. There is nothing better from an artist’s perspective than to see a full house when the curtain opens. We know your time is valuable and we probably don’t say it often enough but thank you for sharing your Sundays with us here at Winds of the Sahara Cabaret. For over two years now you’ve come to share in our spectacle and without you, our loyal audience, we never would have made it this far. So give yourselves a well deserved round of applause(and ignore your spouse and children when they look at you funny as you stand and clap at your computer. They’ll probably just think you hacked your way into your boss’s email account anyways). Now. . . on with the show!
Opening the evening’s activities was our Mistress of Ceremonies, the sultry hostess with the mostess, Sassy! The fashionista in me always looks forward to seeing what our hostesses wear onstage and they never disappoint. Tonight Sassy was simply stunning as she rocked a lemon/lime striped full length dress that had me green with envy(oops…color overload!). She simply must take me shopping with her one of these days. I must admit, there was a time when I hardly paid attention to local chat as I prepared for my performance but these girls do an amazing job creating a vibrant atmosphere for the audience and performers alike. As always, fantastic job Sassy!
Our opening act tonight was the always entertaining Kyra as she teleported us back in time to the height of disco. Not only did she perform ‘Celebration’ by Kool & the Gang, she brought Kool and his gang with her! I must admit, I did watch with a bit of trepidation. There was enough activator and polyester on stage to instantly incinerate the entire sim but thankfully someone tied Devlin down so his special effects didn’t ‘accidentally’ ignite. It’s been too long since I heard this song and seeing it performed on our stage was one of the highlights of my night. What better way to start off the night than with a celebration? And for those of you that enjoy a bit of skin in your show, well, Kyra rarely disappoints as you saw through the flashing lights this evening. There is just something about the way a spotlight reflects of bare skin. . .
As we hopped in the company DeLorean and made our way back to the here and now, the curtains opened on our next act; none other than the aforementioned pyromaniac and blower up of things, Devlin. Dancing to The Stooges’ Fun House, our clown prince of all things combustible took us on a trip to the carnival in spectacular fashion. Moving around the stage in a choreography perfectly fitting for the scene, Devlin drew us in to his twisted show under and around the big top. As a side note, why is every clown in SL so freakin creepy? I must have had a very sheltered childhood because these are not the funny characters I recall and there is no way I am I am getting in a clown car with them. Well, maybe after a few drinks. . .
Our following act blasted us to infinity and beyond(yes, I am an adult and I still love Toy Story) as Ariel took us to the stars with Owl City’s ‘Shooting Star’. Floating from planet to planet like some grand extra terrestrial Goddess, our red headed spark plug of energy delighted the audience with an elegant dance among the heavens. Oh, did I mention she ended up in the buff? I know when I meet E.T. I sure hope she has a rack like that. It will make interplanetary communications so much more pleasant, don’t ya think? Yeah, some things you just really need to see live and in person. Very nicely done Ariel : )
Upon completion of our return trip aboard the Fhloston Paradise, the audience was whisked away to the middle of the Pacific Ocean as Path found himself shipwrecked among an island full of tropical beauties. The song playing, ‘Last Farewell’, lent a stirring soliloquy to the ever-changing scenery as the island girls danced seductively for this lost soul. Of all the natural terrors one might run into when stranded in the middle of the ocean, Path stumbles upon Paradise. Luckiest. Man. Ever.
Finally back on solid ground, our next performer was one of my favorites, the woman of many, many names, the lovely Winne. Accompanied by Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Songbird’, she proceeded to give us one of the most amazing moments of the night. This has long been one of my favorite songs so I may be a bit biased but the imagery and choreography brought me to near tears. The softness and intimacy of the track always touches my heart and Winnie’s performance did just that. Her reserved yet stunning dance was incredible. She became the songbird as we watched in awe. The choreography, the music and the costume combined to create a special, memorable moment we all shared. It was pure beauty Winnie. Thank you : )
So now we get to my favorite performance of the night. It’s a story I had never heard of and I am so happy Queenie shared this with us all. The hypnotic music she chose was ‘Ulay Oh’ by How I Became the Bomb. Grab yourselves a cup of coffee as I may become a bit long-winded here.
Back yet? Great! OK so before I delve into the subject of this outstanding performance allow me to share with you some of the lyrics to this song:
There she was like a picture.
There she was, she was just the same.
There she was; he just had to know that she had forgot his name.
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.
Thinking back to the last time.
On the wall as they turned away.
Walking back; was it just a dream or did he her say?
Ulay, Ulay, Oh.
Trying his best to forget her.
Trying to his best to just keep his stride.
Kept his word, but he knows he heard
Ulay, Ulay, Oh. Ulay, Ulay, Oh.
There she was like a picture.
There she was, she was just the same.
There she was; he just had to know she had not forgot his name.
beautiful huh? Well it gets better. Throughout the performance Queenie shared the story of Marina Abramović and Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen). Here’s a little excerpt from Wikipedia:
In 1976, after moving to Amsterdam, Marina Abramović met the West German performance artist Uwe Laysiepen, who went by the single name Ulay. When Abramović and Ulay began their collaboration, the main concepts they explored were the ego and artistic identity. This was the beginning of a decade of influential collaborative work. Each performer was interested in the traditions of their cultural heritages and the individual’s desire for ritual. Consequently, they decided to form a collective being called “The Other”, and spoke of themselves as parts of a “two-headed body”. They dressed and behaved like twins and created a relationship of complete trust. As they defined this phantom identity, their individual identities became less accessible. In an analysis of phantom artistic identities, Charles Green has noted that this allowed a deeper understanding of the artist as performer, for it revealed a way of “having the artistic self made available for self-scrutiny.”
In 1988, after several years of tense relations, Abramović and Ulay decided to make a spiritual journey which would end their relationship. They each walked the Great Wall of China, in a piece called The Great Wall Walk, starting from the two opposite ends and meeting in the middle. As Abramović described it: “That walk became a complete personal drama. Ulay started from the Gobi Desert and I from the Yellow Sea. After each of us walked 2500 km, we met in the middle and said good-bye”. She has said that she conceived this walk in a dream, and it provided what she thought was an appropriate, romantic ending to a relationship full of mysticism, energy, and attraction.
They walked across the Great Wall of China to meet one last time and say goodbye! How romantic is that? I am completely, utterly blown away. And I’ve not even gotten to Queenie’s performance!
In a completely monochromatic set(including even Queenie and her dance partner Path), images flashed across the front walls as if snapshots of their life together. Throughout the song they moved slowly toward each other until at last they meet in the middle. They say their final goodbyes and drift apart forever, all to a breathtaking choreography to accompany this end of a love story, this final parting. When you see her, beg Queenie to perform this again. More people need to see this.
As we closed in on the end of our show, the always sexy Kyshra too the stage. She is always one of my favorites(yes, I have lots of favorites, deal with it : ) ). In burlesque, the great ones always command the stage, they own it, and Kyshra always does that. Dancing to David Rose’s ‘The Stripper’, she brought us a performance reminiscent of the days of vaudeville as she strutted and shimmied across the stage. I think what I love best about Kyshra is she is always sexy but never trashy. I like to think she would have fit right in with the likes of Gypsy Rose Lee and tempest Storm. Great job Kyshra!
Closing out the evening was a road trip down Route 66 to the musical stylings of the one and only John Mellencamp. Doesn’t get any more American than that! Dancing to ‘R.O.C.K. in the USA’ and ‘Dance Naked’ and accompanied by Path(he sure was busy tonight), Maar, Kitten and Rebecca, some redhead brought us to an aging gas station along Rt 66 where her car decided it wasn’t going any further. As smoke rose from the engine(never a good sign), our stranded dancer flipped through the radio stations till she found a good song to dance to. Hey, when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere what else are you gonna do? It was a fun little romp to end the show and yes, someone actually did dance naked. Bet you are wishing you were there to see who that was huh? : )
Boy, we sure traveled a long ways to get to the end of the show didn’t we? from the days of disco to the end of the universe, from the middle of the pacific to the great Wall of China. We all want to thank you all for joining us on this incredible journey.
We would also like to thank the wonderful Rhi for once again sponsoring our show this Sunday. She has been with us almost since we opened and her support is greatly appreciated. When you’re inworld take a few minutes and check out her store, Angelic Visions. There is even an easy to use link on the right side of our blog. I just know you’ll find something for your home!
Well that does it for tonight. Make sure you mark you calendars for this coming Sunday at 5 PM SLT when we’ll do it all again. Just imagine all the places we’ve yet to take you!