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As the Blackheart Burlesque Hits London. TBF Meet’s Suicide Girls Founder Missy Suicide

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Alt Models, Burlesque, Featured, Pinned, Suicide Girls | 0 comments

You’d have to be living on the Moon or North Korea, not to have heard of the Suicide Girls, the alternative modelling agency that’s famous for featuring tattooed and pierced hotties in pinup style photos has become one of the biggest names on the alternative scene.

What isn’t so well known though is the amount of side projects that the Suicide Girls brand are involved in. Everything from books to movies, comic books and of course Burlesque.

The Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque first toured over 10 years ago and was a roaring success. After a decade of being left on the shelf, the Blackheart Burlesque is back and coming to London on Saturday 10th January.

We caught up with the founder of the Suicide Girls and brains behind the show Missy Suicide to find out why you need to see the show….

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The Black Flag: The Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque first toured back in the early 2000’s. Why did you choose now to take the show back on the road?

Missy Suicide: Putting on this kind of show is a lot of work and it’s pretty intensive. And so we kind of wanted to focus on other things, so we put out a book and then it was like shall we put the show back out and then it was like well….. Let’s make a movie, let’s do this and let’s do that. And it just kept getting put on hold and put on hold and put on hold. But it was something that we really love doing.

And then we released our book ‘Hard Girls, Soft Light’ and that was two years ago. We sent two girls up and down the West coast doing a book signing at comic book shops. It was just two girls and they signed books at a comic book shop in Santa Cruz which is a tiny town in California, There was like 500 to 700 people standing outside waiting to get two girls autographs and we were like well it’s time to get the band back together, people really want a live show and we can put on something way better than just having two girls at a comic shop and so we decided that the time was right to put it back on.

TBF: So what can we expect from the show?

Missy: There’s a ton of pop culture references, its sexy, it’s fun, it’s impossible to leave without a smile…

TBF: The show features choreography from Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with world famous performers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. How did he get involved with the show?

Missy: Well we had worked with him on a Television pilot that didn’t end up going anywhere, but he and I had got on really well and so I called him up and we started thinking about some ideas for the show. I was like ‘I’ve got some ideas but this isn’t like your typical Burlesque show’ and he was like ‘ok alright’ and then I was like ‘I don’t think you understand me’ and he was ‘alright lay it on me’ and so I said ‘let’s see if we can work out this one number and if this works then this should be good. So I want Planet of the Apes theme, girls in bikinis and monkey masks, set to Disclosure’s ‘When Fire Starts to Burn,’.  So he spent like a week reviewing and going over everything for the auditions and he showed me what he had, just him doing it and I was blown away by his choreography. We’ve been sharing the burden ever since and coming up with crazy idea’s. I love him so much, he’s the best collaborator to work with!

TBF: The show features Star Wars and Clockwork Orange inspired routines that sound amazing…

Missy: Yeah there’s a lot of pop culture themes like movies, comic books and video games and cartoons. All the kind of stuff that people who’d grown up in the last twenty years would really appreciate and be into.

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TBF: So how does it feel to be returning back to the UK?

Missy: It feels great, I’m really excited, especially that it’s Madam JoJo’s (this was before the iconic venue recently lost its license). It’s sort of a dream come true. We’re really just over the moon. I can’t wait. It’s a great way to start off the year.

TBF: Which girls will be performing at the show?

Missy: I’m really not sure which girls will be performing. We hold auditions every time that we do a show and have different performers come in and join the troupe. Right now our troop is like 25 girls that are all part of our gang I guess. So that we can have different girls perform at different times and place. It’s a long and intense tour and if girls schedules mean that they can only be there for a portion of it or get injured or something, so we have to take those things into account.

TBF: So it can essentially be a different show every night?

Missy: No it’s the same show every night but different girls do different portions of the tour. So I’m not sure who’s going to be at the London show. We probably won’t know more until a few weeks before the show. But we are going to have some of our UK favourites as special guests. Arabella is going to do a number as well as Katherine. You guys are actually allowed to do Fire and we’re not allowed to do fire on our tour.

So we have Arabella who has been a Suicide girl for a number of years and now and she’s going to do a number for us and Katherine who has done a lot of fire stuff and actually hosted a portion of the US tour.

TBF: The show really does look like it’s going to be amazing. Do you think that Burlesque is a natural progression for the Suicide Girls as an Alternative Modelling Agency?

Missy: Yes. The same way that we updated pinup photos on the SG website, we kind of wanted to update Burlesque and put a modern twist on it. So it seems like the natural progression of that, which kind of brings the whole sort of sexy spirit of the photos to life.

TBF: Burlesque actually dates back to ancient Greece and yet still remains popular today as a performance art. Why do you think that is?

Missy: I think that it’s theatrical, it’s an entertaining experience, it’s funny, its sexy and all about the tease that appeals to people. Burlesque is a pretty good show. And it appeals to people because they want a funny sexy show.

TBF: Where are you off to after the England shows?

Missy: I think we’re doing Canada after that and Asia. We’re hoping to make it to South America at some point. Our booking agent is sorting it all out.

TBF: Are you going to continue with the Burlesque shows or are you going to put it away for a few years and then come back to it again?

Missy: No I think that we’re really excited and It feel like the first time we had a lot of kinks to work out and now the shows just becoming better and better and better. It’s becoming its own sort of machine and it would be impossible to top at this point. We’re just having so much fun with it in that exciting man way and finding that other half of that theatrical, creative mind has really been a godsend and also we’re worked out a lot of the kinks of being out on the road and all the little things like being on buses and things that you just don’t think about. It’s all just been in overdrive working out all these things that going about your day you just don’t think about. I feel like we’re really starting to get everything down and I’m really excited about what the future holds.

TBF: Are you going to be coming out yourself?

Missy: I believe that I will be yeah

TBF: I imagine you all being on tour together is quite fun…

Missy: It’s so much fun. We had like a private tour of the Sidney Zoo and we just had the best time, just hanging out, exploring new area’s and seeing the world

TBF: Missy thanks so much for talking to the Black Flag. I look forward to see the show

The Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque @ the Electric Ballroom Camden on Saturday 10th Jan 8pm

Check out http://blackheartburlesque.com/ for Tickets 

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SUICIDEGIRLS BLACKHEARTBURLESQUE ANNOUNCE A 4 DAY RESIDENCY IN SOHO LONDON

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Alt Models, Burlesque, Suicide Girls | 0 comments

For the first time in a decade, SuicideGirls is bringing the sexiest, most fun show on the planet back to
the UK! The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque is unlike any other burlesque act you’ve seen filled with pop culture references, high energy indie
soundtrack and the sexiest choreographed strip teases to make your inner nerd explode with glee. The performance also includes legendary fire
performers Arabella and Katherine Suicide and super star DJ Mel Clarke. The show is heading to London for a 4 day run at legendary Soho Burlesque
house Madame JoJo’s January 8th – 11th. Tickets are on sale now at BlackheartBurlesque.com

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque have been wowing audiences all over the world with their performances, complete with tongue-in-cheek humor
and raw erotic sexuality. The show features stunning choreography from famous choreographer, Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with
world celebrity performers such as Beyonce, J ennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. He has assembled a team of the sexiest, most talented SuicideGirls to
create the ultimate provocative tribute to pop-culture that Burlesque has ever seen. With striptease performances in tribute to Star Wars, Orange
Is the New Black, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange and more, this show will have you on the edge of your seat!

The SuicideGirls are continuing their seductive worldwide rule. In the early 2000′s the SuicideGirls Burlesque show crisscrossed North America
for 5 years. The girls entertained thousands of people at sold-out shows, opening for Guns ‘n’ Roses and Courtney Love and went overseas to perform
at music festivals in both Europe and Australia. In the fall of 2013, the girls decided it was time to put the show on the road again. They spent
six weeks playing sold out shows across the United States. It was so much fun that they decided to take it world wide again! In the spring of 2014,
the girls took on Australia and Canada to perform additional sold out shows. They’re touring the US this fall before they take the action packed
performance back to London!

“DAZZLING A SOLD-OUT CROWD AT THE GRAMERCY THEATER” – Inked Magazine
“OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE!” – playboy
“BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMEN WITH TATTOOS” – esquire

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INTERVIEW: Burlesque Pin-Up and Alt-Model Chrys Columbine

Posted by on Aug 25, 2012 in Alt Models, Burlesque, Featured, Interviews | 0 comments

Chrys Columbine is many things actress, musician, Alt-Model and all round drop dead gorgeous diva, but its in the world of Burlesque that she’s is best known. Hailed as one of the UK’s premier performer, Chrys has toured toured the world, shared a stage with Duran Duran, perfomed with the Circus of Horrors and got smutty with a couple of Irish Puppets.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Miss Columbine and have a chat about acting, performing across the world, the Circus of Horrors and of course smutty Irish puppets….

Black Flag: You’re one of the country’s top Burlesque performers. How did you get
into the world of Tassel’s and twirls?

Chrys Columbine:  By accident really, though from childhood, Ive always been enamoured by
old-style Hollywood glamour, as well as having an interest in all things
morbid!

After briefly being a fashion model in my late-teens and hating every
second of it, I got into what I really wanted to do, the world of alternative
modelling – gothic-horror, fetish-fashion, latex and BDSM! Through this
world I was lucky enough to have my first corset/lingerie shoot with
Fairygothmother, now Lulu and Lush (who are my official sponsors) and it
reminded me of the fascination with retro-pin-up style, and a bygone-
Hollywood era that I’d had as a child.

Then I saw my first ever burlesque show at Torture Garden by the
exquisite Gwendoline L’Amour and I was hooked! This was in 2003, when
for a year or two I was fortunate enough to be her assistant – but it wasn’t
till 2007 that I would perform my first burlesque show!

Photo: Gregory michael King

BF: You play classical Piano as well, often while you perform. How long
have you been playing and how did you come up with the idea of
incorporating the Piano into your routine?

CC: As a typical performing-arts kid, I was trained in acting, dancing and
singing , and played piano from the age of ten. I then went on to train as
concert pianist with private tutors, at junior Guildhall, then did a music
agree at uni. When I decided to take on burlesque, by 2007 it had already
started to become more mainstream with many girls jumping on the
bandwagon, so I decided to give the crowd something they would never
have seen before. That was the birth of Naked Nocturne – a show where I
play one of Chopin’s most famous nocturnes, and literally, get (pseudo)
naked while I play it.

BF: You perform with ‘Circus of Horrors’ one of the Black FlagsFavourite. What’s your role with Dr Haze and co and what’s it feel like to be involved in something like that?

CC: I’ve loved every moment of working with the Horrors. I’d met Anast’asia
IV and Hannibal Helmurto a few years back when we were booked
separately to do a university summer ball, and became good friends. They
saw me perform my Birth of Venus and Marijuana Fan Dance shows
among others and told Doktor Haze about how different and themed my
acts were from some others. They believed that one day, there may be a
place for me in one of Circus of Horrors’s shows.

Chrys Columbine & Anastasia IV in The Circus of Horrors

Haze came to see me, needed a burlesque element in his new show and
was interested in the fact that I incorporated live music within my acts. He
shortly cast me in Circus of Horrors – Freaks and Feathers I did both my
Naked Nocturne (piano/strip show) and my Piano Playgirl (piano/
champagne act) within the whole show.

I must admit, I was rather nervous at first as I knew I’d be surrounded by
such seemingly-impossible acts like Garry Stretch, Hannibal Helmurto’s
sword-swallowing, Anast’asia’s hair-hanging or Iona The Contortionist’s
posing on a stand resting on nothing but her jaw! But it worked in the end
and I had some of my favorite experiences working with them. I don’t
think anyone is doing what they are doing, to quite the standard they do
and I was so happy and proud for them when they did outstandingly on
Britain’s Got Talent – they should have won, but at the sam time,
realistically, I can’t see the majority of the general public having the guts to vote for them!

Chrys Columbine, Doktor Haze & Stephanie Mercury in The Circus of Horrors.

BF: You spend a lot of time touring the world. Can you tell us a bit more
about that?

CC: I love traveling with work and am fortunate enough to have played some
amazing venues from Paris, to Los Angeles, to Sydney! I’ve also enjoyed
working for some major events that aren’t necessary anything to do with
burlesque, such as Cannes Film Festival where I shared a stage with the
likes of Duran Duran, and The Queen Mary on Long Beach (the world’s
largest ocean liner).

For the last two years, one of the biggest factors in my life has been An
Evening of Burlesque – a theatre show which has toured major theaters all
over Great Britian, Italy, Germany and Denmark – a major highlight being
on stage at London’s O2 Arena.

Though trust me, when you’ve got several trips in a row, you tend to get
sick of airports, stations, cabs, lack of sleep, etc and there is nothing like
being at home for a length of time! One thing you learn from touring is not
to take anything for granted – it aint all glamour all the time… At times,
having a hot meal once a week is a luxury!

BF: Didn’t you also play Jessica Rabbit in an advert. Can you tell us a bit
more about that?

CC: Ah, that was back in the days when myspace was alive and kicking! I was
spotted on there by the director of a major TV company based in Soho.
They were looking to film an advert for Bluesquare poker – the company
behind a worldwide poker game on Channel 4 which spanned 8
months.“The Siren” was supposed to be a Jessica Rabbit-based character
so let’s just say bits of me were “cartoon–ified” – as was my chest region
Am only a b-cup, and my poor stylist on set who was such a sweetheart,
was stuffing endless chicken-fillets down my chest and afraiid she was
virtually molesting me! I kept telling her not to worry, I just found it
hilarious. Here it is on youtube:

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BF: Whats been the highlight of your career?

CC: So far – it has been a toss-up between two:

a) Either…The first time I was brought out to Australia to tour a big
burlesque show throughout, made up of eight other world-class
performers (as it’s always been my dream since childhood to go to
Australia, and all the better to be brought out to work, doing what I love
best) – it was an experience of a lifetimen on and off stage!

b) Or… the more, shall we say, fantastical part of my career… I was invited
to perform and be interviewed on one of Ireland’s best-loved TV shows
The Podge and Rodge Show – anyone remember The Big Breakfast in
the nineties presented by Kelly Brook, featuring two puppets called Zig
and Zag? Well, they moved to Ireland and became Podge and Rodge,
and being interviewed by two, smutty puppets is definitely one of the
most surreal experiences of my career!

They are two of the most that stand out, though I truely don’t believe I
have had my ultimate highlight yet – ask me that question when I’m
seventy-odd, hopefully by then I’ll have a more definite answer.

Photo: David Brookes

BF: Have you performed at any festivals this year? And which would you
like to perform at and why?

CC: I suffer from OCD so festivals are hard for me. I did a few at the beginning
of my career.

One of my first ever jobs in fact, was Download 2007 (it was slightly more
bearable for me as in the VIP area there were actual flushing toilets and
showers). I did love it so much though (the atmosphere and crowd were
amazing, some of my fave bands were on, etc). I went back the following
year. I did Glastonbury in 2008 for one night, it wasn’t even raining and it
was still a complete nightmare for me. Besides? How can you get ready
and be glamorous in a tent?! There are plenty of amazing performers who
have done it from year to year, but I think I’d go crazy. As i did at one or
two others.

I would go back to Download, I’ m a big fan of rock and metal, and the
line-ups are usually fantastic – I don’t think I’d be short of bands I’d wanna
go and see. I feel comfortable in the environment and there’d always be
plenty of people I’d know on, off and backstage. Besides, the afer-hours
cabaret tent is a big focus for people after the headline bands have played
so there’s always an amazing crowd who are fired-up, and well up for it!

BF: What have you got lined up for the rest of the year?

CC: I have just finished a run of shows for The Olympics which has been
awesome but very intense, so I’m enjoying a little free time right now. I’ve
September opening up with a nice gig at The Savoy, then have a few
events lined up for fashion week later that month.

But from now I’ve tons of work to do as am doing my own show at a
major venue in Sydney during the whole of November – name to be
confirmed.

One thing I’m really looking forward to is being on the set of a British
horror film that I landed a little part in, with some rising British screen
stars and a couple of Hollywood actors! This may start shooting end of this
year, but more likely beginning of next year – am just breaking into film
and finding it the most fickle industry in showbiz – and showbiz is fickle
enough as it is, haha.

BF: Where do you see yourself in five years?

CC: Hmmm, that would be telling! I reckon you should generally keep plans to
yourself till they materialise, or else you may jinx them. Lets just say I’m
aiming high and think outside the box!!! It’s not just all about burlesque or
what you’re doing right now – there’s more to life and you have to move
on.

BF: What advice would you give any girls (or guys) looking to get into
Burlesque?

CC: Rule number one – do not copy anyone! Don’t be a copy of a copy – most
things have been done before but if it’s a common theme or iconic feature
you wish to emulate (like a fan dance, for instance), then make it your
own. Design your own costume, have your own character on stage, use
different music – I for one never use traditionally “burlesque” music.
Tracks like Harlem Nocturne and Lament have been done to death!
I would also suggest, if you do not come from a performance background
then take some dance classes! Maybe do a drama/improvisation course,
even as a one-off. Get used to being a different character and developing
stage presence.

If you come from a performing background, think of other existing skills
you can incorporate into your burlesque routine. Singing? Acrobatics?
Sword-swallowing? Glass-breaking? As a pianist, I made my unique,
signature burlesque show to be playing the piano and stripping at the same
time…And that’s one of the many fantastic and fulfilling things about
burlesque – there’s no director telling you how to deliver your lines, no
choreographer telling you how to move, no stylist telling you how to dress.
Being a burlesque or boylesque performer allows you to have complete
control over your own act – it’s your baby, so why not make it completely
your own? Go out there and be creative!

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We Are Augustines announce release of new single ‘Juarez’ via Oxcart Records on May 21st

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Burlesque, News, Tours | 0 comments

New live shows confirmed for Liverpool, the Great Escape, T in the Park and Latitude Festivals

“Irresistible.” Q – “Mesmerizing.” The Sun – “Epic.” The Independent

Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’, Brooklyn‘s We Are Augustines return to tour the UK alongside the release of brand new single ‘Juarez’ on May 21st via Oxcart Records. This epic track will be released on 7” vinyl and available to download with a previously unreleased cover version of the beautiful Los Lobos track ‘Saint Behind The Glass’ as the b-side.

Since navigating their way into the hearts and minds of the British public, We Are Augustines have found a second home here in the UK. Their collection of maritime tales, energetic, rocking live shows and phenomenal back story has certainly touched a nerve with those who are sailing with them.

New single ‘Juarez’, a stand out track on ‘Rise Ye Sunken Ships’, is a song written about the Mexican town that exists on the southern border of the United States. The vibrant community there has featured in poetry, songs and films over the years due to the huge amount of people passing through there on a daily basis. Since 2009, the level of escalating violence created by local drug wars has destroyed the area leaving more than 80,000 young people unemployed and over 100,000 lost jobs due to closed businesses. Recent headlines of the struggle attributed to Billy McCarthy composing this track from NYC. It was an opportunity for We Are Augustines to explore space and landscape in their music due to Billy’s personal connection with the area. Examples of this can be found throughout his lyrics.

The band have announced a new live date in Liverpool this week and confirmed performances at the Great Escape in May, plus T in the Park and the Latitude Festival in July following their show at the Coachella Festival in the US this weekend.

See We Are Augustines play the following UK shows in with rocking Seattle blues band My Goodness in support.

2nd May – Academy 3, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
3rd May – Dingwalls, London (SOLD OUT)
5th May – Live at Leeds Festival
6th May – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
9th May – Academy 2, Liverpool
10th May – ABC 2, Glasgow
12th May – Psychosocial, Great Escape Festival, Brighton

7th July – T in the Park Festival, Kinross, Scotland
15th July – Latitude Festival, Southwold

Follow We Are Augustines online at www.weareaugustines.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weareaugustines and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WeAreAugustines

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Interview With The Legend Fancy Chance!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Burlesque, Interviews | 0 comments

Photo Bohdan Cap

Name: Fancy Chance

Crime: better Prince than Prince.

Likely to be seen next: supperclub, bethnal green working men’s club, circus, missy malone’s valentine’s special in Cheltenham, the liquor cabinet…. wait, I don’t have one.

Background: totally normal childhood in a port town in the US and then at some point my love for Barry manilow, Liza Minnelli, Blondie and the film ‘Victor Victoria’ got the better of me.

Inspiration: news of north Korea, radical babes, the music of circular breathing from a saxophone, revolution, trashy cyber punk and sci fi books and YouTube.

Key features: I only do funny or strange and often times both. The past few years I’ve been doing a lot more than strictly burlesque. There’s been more performance art, circus and drag that I’ve been lucky enough to work on.

Describe yourself Twitter style (140 characters): “Alternative Miss World, London’s Top Tranny and a Burlesque Terrorist aka fuckin’ weird.”

3 key routines: Alice in Wonderland on drugs, Prince Drag King Kiss, I can tassel 9 ways,

Accomplishments: Alternative Miss World, London’s Top Tranny, one of the few people who performs hair hanging, I can somehow make a living from performing.
Press Quotes:

“Because Fancy Chance makes a better Prince than Prince. That is all.”- TimeOut London

“There aren’t many performance artists who combine great talent, wit, humour and grace with equal aplomb – but Fancy Chance is top of the list.” – Bizarre Magazine

“Veronica Thompson (Fancy Chance), the undoubtable star… At times the coquette and at times the seductress Thomson steals the show…” – The Stage

“Fancy Chance is a five star act every time.” – remotegoat.co.uk
Contact details: fancychance@me.com

Words: khandie Khisses

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Being In The Mix

Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Burlesque | 1 comment

‘HONEY I have the tickets!’ You can hear your partner shouting down the hallway. Tonight you are off to your first burlesque show…yep thats right you are the ‘virgin’. Has fear set in yet?! How does one behave at a show? Surely I dont have to strip??? (no you dont).

The first thing to know is to cheer as this is the call of the audience. Your compere may ask to put your hand up if you are a virgin (burlesque speaking of course), and thrust that hand up as it is most likely you wont be alone. If you are the lonesome virgin dont fret pet as you are in for the best ride of your life. A good show will remain in your mind longer than the glitter the performers throw that creeps into your hair and lungs.

The role of the audience to whoop and cheer their appreciation of a good performance as this if anything that can make or break a performance. A dead audience is a performer’s worst nightmare so cheer but only if you think it is deserved. There are two lines of thought regarding this dilemma: do you cheer a bad act because you feel sorry? Or do you simply polite golf clap?! I would recommend applauding the effort but only if there is effort there. Its a harsh lesson to learn but every performer needs to learn it. As the judge and jury of a show, the audience have the power to make or break a show. Sit and let the performance do it job. A job well done is worthy of praise.

Sometimes a silence speaks volumes about an act too. I wouldnt dream of clapping during a performance from the likes of Vicky Butterfly. Her performances are so awe striking, a stunned silence seems more worthy than a hoot. The atmosphere surrounding her performances almost prevents you from cheering, like some paranormal hold on you.

You will soon find the hooting/silence scale easy to negotiate but more quickly you will learn what you do and dont like. Remember not every show is the same so go see oodles and cheer like a mad thing when you feel it, and sit stunned when you are. You are the paying customer after all, and we the performer are here to entertain!

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