Posts tagged Madame Jojos
Posts tagged Madame Jojos
After our first outing at the London Wonderground we cannot WAIT to get back on the stage. If you missed the show, you should know that a new BOYLESQUE star was born!! We just had to give you a little more of the man of the moment…
Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet - ESQUIRE DE LUNE!
Esquire, Tell us a little bit about your career thus far?
For the past 18 years I have been a professional commercial dancer specialising mainly in TV, pop tours, movies, hair shows, fashion shows, music videos etc. I have been fortunate enough to tour and perform with the likes of Robbie Williams and Take That, Girls Aloud, Shirley Bassey, Seal, Whitney Houston, Kylie and Tom Jones to name a few fabulous names. TV credits have included Xfactor, The Voice, BGT, Dancing on Ice and Strictly Come Dancing.
What has drawn you to the world of Burlesque?
I was drawn in to burlesque on an absolute whim, still to this day I don’t know what possessed me! I had met the lovely Tempest Rose a few times through the gorgeous Delores Deluxe and we were friends on Facebook, I saw her post about Boylesque Idol and decided for some strange reason that I’d enter. I’d never thought about it before so not sure what possessed me. I’m really glad I did though as I won the competition and here I am!!! Looking back I think initially it was more of a way to unleash some creativity and create some sexy, dark and mysterious numbers and characters……….and perhaps a little bit because I like to take my clothes off!!!
How did you construct your Boylesque Persona?
Actually before Esquire de Lune came about I had entered myself in Boylesque Idol as “Bambam le Bang” but when I started creating and conceptualising all my new numbers I just didn’t feel the name was appropriate. Bambam le Bang sounded very traditional, tongue-in-cheek burlesque but what I was creating was more a dark, atmospheric, dramatic kind of neo-burlesque style. I thought on it for a day and came up with Esquire de Lune. I then dug out a picture from a shoot I did a few years back that I thought summed up the character well, slapped a moon behind it and an Esquire de Lune name ribbon on the front and Bob’s your uncle!!
How would you describe your performance style?
My performance style as mentioned before is what I’ve learnt to be as neo-burlesque which is a more modern take on burlesque. Obviously coming from a dance back ground my performance is very dance based. I think you should always play to your strengths.
Having come from an alternate performance world, what advice would you give to any budding performers?
That’s a good question actually because what I learnt “very”quickly was no matter how accomplished a dancer I was or how much stage time I already had under my belt, burlesque is a totally different way of performing, I felt like I was starting all over again! Performing alone on stage is very nerve-wracking let alone when your taking your clothes off, I’ve learnt you really have to play to the audience ‘cause no matter how good you are, if you’re not involving them it just doesn’t work! You also have to exude sooo much confidence even if you aren’t particularly feeling it that day without coming across arrogant or cocky!
You can see Esquire de Lune in some of our upcoming Summer Speakeasy’s, Saturday’s at Madame JoJo’s - You can also catch him and the rest of the fabulous cast in our full run at the LONDON WONDERGROUND This Summer… EVERY THURSDAY THROUGHOUT AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER! DON’T MISS US!
Coming up in June, is our 5 week summer season of Summer Speakeasy Shows at Madame JoJo’s in Soho.
The Summer Speakeasy is a limited 5 week run. There is the option of a show and burlesque class package which is the PERFECT option if you’re celebrating a Hen Party or Birthday!
Miss Dolly Rose is a London based Burlesque performer and teacher and a regular House of Burlesque performer and teacher. She will be the one putting you through your pre show class and introducing you to the world of Burlesque.
So what better reason to meet the lady herself…
What is your Performance Style?
I’d say I’m a classic burlesque performer, but with my own style; I do a lot of vintage dance styles outside of burlesque, so I’m very influenced by the authentic music and dancing of the 1920s to 1940s. I’m also never happier than when designing or making new costumes ,and draw my costuming inspiration from this period too.
When did you begin teaching with The House of Burlesque?
I began teaching with The House of Burlesque last year; I’ve really enjoyed the experience of teaching, from planning and creating classes to watching people have fun and gain confidence. I like to make classes as friendly and fun as possible.
Do you have a teaching style?
I try and make my classes fun but useful, full of tips and tricks. I llke my classes to be useful for people learning Burlesque for fun and to try something new, or for people interested in performing
What piece of advice would you give to someone wanting to learn Burlesque?
Try to learn as much as possible from different sources, its great to go to Burlesque classes, but try other dance styles like ballet too; also go to as many shows as possible, you can learn so much from watching others perform.
What aspect of Burlesque do you most enjoy teaching?
I love choreographing routines, so I always like creating routines to do in class; I always enjoy teaching tassel twirling on our beginners courses, as it’s great to see people going from feeling self conscious to feeling really confident, which is always really fun and rewarding.
Do you think a Class is a good Hen Party Idea?
Yes! definitely, its really enjoyable but also great for feeling confident, not to mention learning such practical life skills as posing and tasseling!
Sounds good!? Then come along to join us! The House of Burlesque Summer Speakeasy is the perfect warm up to your sizzeling Soho night.
And have a pair of tassles on us for the lady or man(?) of the hour if you are celebrating something special!
The penultimate inmate to give evidence before returning to her cell tonight in is…
Why are you Banged up?
Stalking and indecent exposure. I mean can’t a girl sneak into a guys house in the middle of the night in the nude to cook a lovely rabbit strew anymore? Maybe cooking his pet rabbit was where I went wrong?
What is your role in Cellblock HOB?
I’m the prison cleaner, my cell mates are filthy.
What is the one item you can’t be without?
My feather duster, it comes in handy removing the cobwebs. Makes a fashionable showgirl headdress and comes in very useful tickling a prison guard or two to get what I want.
What is your most dangerous feature?
My biceps, I’m the undefeated cellblock HOB arm wrestling champion.
Are you guilty?
Not guilty just misunderstood.
Burlesque Idol March was fierce! Full pictures by Oli Sandler on our Facebook Page
Next Show April 25th at Madame Jojos BOOK
Check out our lovely review from the team at Burlesque Map London
Some backstage pics from our launch night for our brand new Madame Jojo’s show for 2014 House of Burlesque…Banged Up! Come down to CellblockHOB second friday of every month: http://www.houseofburlesque.co.uk/shows/hobbanged_up_C246.html
BURLESQUE IDOL GRAND FINAL: Check out our Burlesque Idol showreel from our 2013 Grand Final made by Mean on the Scene! We love it, thanks to everyone involved… Season 5 Burlesque Idol begins 31st Jan 2014… Don’t miss out
Recently I’ve been getting some great time with some fab photographers, here are the highlights of my Rich Newnham shoot taken at our 2nd home Madame Jojos www.facebook.com/richnewnhamphotography
Its been an amazing year at Burlesque Idol with the Finale being one of our most exciting to date! After 10 amazing performances the audience cast their vote and we had a 1st Runner Up - the hilarious Lolo Brow and a winner…. please meet Burlesque Idol 2012 - Violet Blaze!
Pic By Mr Suave
Were you nervous before the show?
I was SOOO NERVOUS!!!!! oh my days you have no idea. One of the girls said she forgot I was there, because I wasn’t my usual loud self. I was SO quiet. Hardly spoke until the show started.I was still rhinestoning my corset for when we came back for curtain call…. I just wanted to look my best.
How did you feel after you had done your performance?
Soon as the show was over, I breathed a sigh of Relief! I heard the crowd were roaring for a couple minutes… and it made me SO happy that I did a good job! Apparently Barnaby simply dropped to his knees…not knowing what to say! The judges gave lovely comments, Beatrix Von Bourbon saying “all my notes are in Capital Letters!” I felt very proud.
What are your plans for 2013?
In 2013 I plan to enter more competitions, and hopefully have 2 new acts under my belt. The one thing I DON’T want, is for people to expect me to top “Big Mama” She is my signature act,and will always be my favourite, but my new ones will be different. I just hope my fellow Blazers and Blazettes will appreciate what else I have to offer!
What advice would you give to contestants for 2013?
Be Prepared. Check that you have EVERYTHING you will need.
Go to the loo long before you go on stage. Just before your name is called you’ll feel like you need to go again.Don’t. It’s just nervous pee. It goes the second you get on stage.
Look and do your BEST. It’s a competition…you don’t know how serious the other girls are taking it… so if you have come to win… prove you’ve got what it takes!
Have fun!!! At the end of the day… you’re performing to a VERY supportive crowd…. soak it up…. cos it’s not always like that!!!!!!!!!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In five years time…. I’d love to be hitting the big time. Have massive props…. perform abroad….my own stage show…. and be so famous Dulux will name a colour after me.
And there we have it! Watch out for Ms Blaze in 2013 as she will be coming to a town near you no doubt!
Pic by www.retrophotostudio.co.uk
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month you will no doubt be aware that in 2 weeks time the winner of Burlesque Idol 2012 will be crowned. But what does this title mean and more importantly what is the best way to win it?! I think the best person to answer this is Burlesque Idol 2011 - Jolie Papillon.
Since winning her title Jolie has established herself as one of London’s favourite Burlesque artists working regularly at all established performing venues such as Volupte, Proud City and Camden, Madame Jojos, Cafe de Paris, the Brickhouse, Cellar Door and for private parties and events. She will be joining us on the 30th on the judging panel ready to pass on her crown to one of our georgous finalists. She took a break from her busy schedule to give some advice on taking the title: