Watch out for WIDE LOAD at the Montreal Fringe!

4 05 2010

Fat is a real hot button for a lot of people. Big Moves knows this. That’s why we’re pushing that button as hard as we can with Wide Load, a dance musical vaudeville that’s running at the St- Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival June 10 through 20, with six shows scheduled at the Mission Santa Cruz, 60 Rachel O, Montréal. Show times are as follows:

Friday June 11 * 10:45pm
Sunday June 13 * 3:45pm
Monday June 14 * 7:45pm
Wednesday June 16 * 6:15pm
Thursday June 17 * 10:15pm
Saturday June 19 * 6:30pm

Advance tickets? Why, yes! Get ‘em at the Montreal Fringe website.

Wide Load (“full-frontal junk in the trunk”) is a high-energy, in-your-face, two-person carnival of fat-assery, with full-out dance moves, blasts of song, fast and furious semi-autobiographical comic sketches, blistering rants, and random slingshots of tasty snacks into the crowd. Written and performed by Big Moves founder Marina Wolf Ahmad and veteran Colette Gagnon, Wide Load is different from our previous Fringe offerings, which tended to have way more cast members and (slightly) less overt politics. But it brings the same sense of fun, the same commitment to excellent entertainment, and the same utter disregard for plus-size costuming dos and don’ts.

Pancake Breakfast!

In addition to the full run of Wide Load, Big Moves is bringing back the community pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 13, from noon to 2 at the Beer Tent (okay, so it’s more brunch). We’re frying up the pancakes until the batter runs out, along with pounds of bacon, vats of coffee, and live entertainment and competitions taking place on stage all afternoon. Hey, why not? Food is love, performance is awesome, and we’ve always been a civic-minded Fringe group, even before taking home the Spirit of the Fringe award in 2007.





Dirty Nellie: “Dr. Sketchy’s 3: Son of Sketchy”

6 10 2009

That’s right folks, it’s that time of the month again.  The second Sunday of October just happens to be this coming Sunday, Oct. 11, and I just happen to be one of the two models for the event.  Decolletage and I will be posing like mad at Great Scott come 2:30 on Sunday, and we don’t want you to miss it!  Details below:

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Sunday October 11, 2009 2.30-5.30pm
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Burlesque Life Drawing Session
featuring: Big Moves!
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Ave Allston (at corner of Harvard)
$8 2.30-5.30pm 18+ (bring your ID, this is a bar)
http://www.truthserum.org

Dirty Nellie and Decolletage of Big Moves will be our models for the session!

Starting in Brooklyn, in 2005, artists Molly Crabapple and A.V. Phibes created the Dr. Sketchy’s Empire. Now with over 60 braches including new ones in Cape Town, South Africa and Bogota, Columbia. Dr. Sketchy’s is on every continent except Antarctica

Aside from the standard structure of short poses to warm you up and then longer ones to give you more time to concentrate, this is definitely not your typical life drawing class. The model wears gorgeous burlesque outfits and slowly strips out of them! The model talks! You’ll clap for them and hoot and holler! You’ll tip them! You’ll chat with your neighbor! There is no teacher to embarrass you when you don’t produce enough! You get to drink and draw without getting in trouble! Now is the time to heal those art school wounds. Dr. Sketchy’s will guide you.

You don’t have to have any experience or special materials. You just need the desire to try… Dig out your dusty sketchbooks or hit the store and get a pad, and come join us for a little late afternoon nudie drawing date. And don’t forget your tipping dollars!

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Catya Von Sparkles: “Yarr! A Pirate Cabaret: Swash Your Buckles With Big Moves”

16 09 2009

When you’ve been watching Big Move Boston up on stage, have you felt something’s been missing? No, clearly not, you respond. What else could one lucky audience member need besides luscious, talented dancers that also are charming conversationalists and know how to fold origami paper cranes?

What about if we offered you all that … and added hooks? Or a peg leg and a pirate hat? How about the crisp tang of salt water?* I bet you didn’t even know you’d been yearning for such treasures!

Saturday night, on Sept. 19, Big Moves bands together with a merry crew of some of Boston’s most talented burlesquers, singers and other assorted performance-based awesome folk for Yarr! A Pirate Cabaret!

We’ll rock the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Mass., like a hurricane and keelhaul the audience in a good way. Performers include: Big Moves, Babes in Boinkland, UnAmerika’s Sweetheart Karin Webb, 86-Years-Young Mary Dolan, Black Cat Burlesque, Honey Suckle Duvet, Brief Awakening, Madame Psychosis, Lolli Hoops, and special guest performer Tommy Toxic from Montreal.

Tickets are available online at www.coolidge.org or at the Coolidge Corner Theatre box office.

This very special booty call will be for one night only! Get your tickets early for this MIDNIGHT show and come in costume to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day in style. Hint: There will be a contest where a lucky few will get to sound their best, barbaric, pirate yawp!

*No actual salt water will be provided. Or encouraged. Use your imagination for that one.

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Nellie: “Boiling Point Burlesque – THIS SATURDAY!”

23 06 2009

The weather this summer has sucked so far, quite frankly. So Big Moves is doing our part to turn up the heat with our appearance at this Saturday’s Boiling Point Burlesque show at the Cambridge YMCA in Central Square! Join us and our friends as we give you a night of sexy, saucy, hilarious burlesque, brought to you by Axe To Ice Productions.

More details and ticket info below!

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From the creators of Mary Dolan Presents…Vaudeville! comes the next BIG night in dazzling entertainment.

Bringing together the biggest names in Boston burlesque for two shows in one HOT night, Axe To Ice Productions presents: BOILING POINT BURLESQUE (It’s too Hot to keep it on!) Advance tickets and show information at http://www.axe2ice.com.

This can’t-miss night of entertainment integrates all forms of Burlesque – from its bawdy, comical, and satirical roots to seductive and electrifying striptease acts. Get there early for pre-show performance, art gallery installation and Olde Tyme concessions! Do not miss the hottest show this summer!

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2009
Location: Cambridge YMCA Theatre
Tickets: $15/advance, $20/door, available in advance at: www.axe2ice.com
Show Times: 7:00pm and 9:30pm
Show Run Length: 90 minutes total

Boiling Point Burlesque is an all burlesque cabaret bringing you acts from the cream of the crop in Boston and beyond! Get there early to catch the pre-show performers strut their stuff and check out our very own in-house Artist…

This June catch:

Gallery Art by Emma Weisman
Featuring Performances by:
Big Moves
Babes in Boinkland
The Steamy Bohemians
Can Can Revolution
The Boston Hoop Troop
The Naked Comic
Miss Nicholle Pride
UnAmerika’s Sweetheart Karin Webb
86-years-young Mary Dolan
Sugar Dish
and MORE!





Marina: “The REAL Fat Camp”

16 06 2009

In a lot of ways, Fat Camp was a pretty typical Big Moves Boston production: sexy, upbeat, rah-rah-go-fattie in as many ways as we could jam in the show. There was so much of that energy that it tended to spill over the top and mix up into the rest of our lives.

The show ran for two weekends in the Boston area, and one jam-packed weekend in Philly, and every day of the run felt a little to me like Fat Camp: in-jokes, shared snacks, generalized lechery. On tech night the cast sat down and hand-colored the covers of 300 program booklets (very art cabin!). One evening before call, we all sat out in Harvard Common and put our heads on one another’s laps and nommed down sushi and bubble tea. Add onto that the whole story arc of Fat Camp, four weeks in the life of a body-positive summer camp, and then, I mean, we’d been working together for three and a half months, so yeah, very realistic feel of collective effort and fun.

But I didn’t know how much that came through until one of the dancers, Colette, shared a conversation she had with an audience member in Philly. It was at intermission, and Colette was mingling in the audience (she was playing a camp counselor, so that was an important part of the role). This guy came up to her and said, “So, is Fat Camp for kids, or adults too?” Colette was, like, wait, you already saw the first act, you don’t know? But she said, “Oh, we’re playing adults, you know, it’s like summer camp for adults.” And he said, “No, I mean the real Fat Camp.”

Excuse me. I just got teary-eyed all over again.

I mean, it’s not like we don’t have enough going on. Even the thought of adding a summer camp program to our offerings gives me speed-induced vertigo. But the fact that someone in our audience believed so much in the world that we created that they wanted to join us, well… actually… that’s the whole point.

In a lot of ways, Fat Camp was a pretty typical Big Moves Boston production: sexy, upbeat, rah-rah-go-fattie in as many ways as we could jam in the show. There was so much of that energy that it tended to spill over the top and mix up into the rest of our lives.

The show ran for two weekends in the Boston area, and one jam-packed weekend in Philly, and every day of the run felt a little to me like Fat Camp: in-jokes, shared snacks, generalized lechery. On tech night the cast sat down and hand-colored the covers of 300 program booklets (very art cabin!). One evening before call, we all sat out in Harvard Common and put our heads on one another’s laps and nommed down sushi and bubble tea. Add onto that the whole story arc of Fat Camp, four weeks in the life of a body-positive summer camp, and then, I mean, we’d been working together for three and a half months, so yeah, very realistic feel of collective effort and fun.

But I didn’t know how much that came through until one of the dancers, Colette, shared a conversation she had with an audience member in Philly. It was at intermission, and Colette was mingling in the audience (she was playing a camp counselor, so that was an important part of the role). This guy came up to her and said, “So, is Fat Camp for kids, or adults too?” Colette was, like, wait, you already saw the first act, you don’t know? But she said, “Oh, we’re playing adults, you know, it’s like summer camp for adults.” And he said, “No, I mean the _real_ Fat Camp.”

Excuse me. I just got teary-eyed all over again.

I mean, it’s not like we don’t have enough going on. Even the thought of adding a summer camp program to our offerings gives me speed-induced vertigo. But the fact that someone in our audience _believed_ so much in the world that we created that they wanted to join us, well… actually… that’s the whole point.





Nellie: “Drag Queens and DykeMarches and Bears, OH MY!”

4 06 2009

It’s just about that time in Boston.  You can feel it in the air.  That’s right, folks.  Pride Week is about to begin!

We’re so happy to be super-involved in Pride this year, starting with the Pride Day kick-off event at Faneuil Hall this Saturday.  We’ll be doing a revue-style, 30-45 minute performance that will hopefully knock the socks off the audience in a way that only the crazy, chaotic dancefest that is Big Moves Boston can.  We’ve been prepping for it for the last couple of weeks, and I’m so incredibly excited to hit up a new audience – some of whom will undoubtedly be seeing us for the first time.

On top of that, some of us are volunteering at the Dyke March, and then, for the first time ever, we’ll be marching as Big Moves in the Parade on the 13th with some amazing folks. Several LGBTQ (and allies!) dance groups in Boston decided to band together and march as one to increase our presence.  Big Moves was invited to participate, and we’re so incredibly honored and excited to be a part of this year’s festivities.  Hope to see all of you lovely, lovely folks there!!





Coquette: “AFP + TTO = Best Night Ever”

1 06 2009

A whiiiile ago, I was invited to perform as a go-go dancer at the Theater Offensive’s annual fundraiser, ClimACTS (which was on Tuesday, 4/28). It’s circus-themed, it’s in the Big Apple Circus tent, it’s $175 a ticket and well, just. Obviously, I said yes. Hi, have you met me?

What I didn’t find out until the night beforehand was that the ringmaster this year was Amanda Fucking Palmer. So the phone call to Dirty Nellie (who was also go-go dancing with me) went something like this-

Me: Um, did you know Amanda Palmer was hosting?!
Dirty Nellie: Wait…what?
Me: Because I figured you would have TOLD ME if you knew! And I didn’t know!
DN: Wait…what?
Me: OMG OMG OMG. OMG. OMG we’re going to dance in front of Amanda Palmer.
DN: Wait…what?

So yes, I got there and got all checked in and then put on my outfit, which was, from bottom to top: pink high-top converses, lace top fishnet thigh highs(over dance tights), black booty shorts with “Harlots like it on all fours” on the ass in red, black garter belt with pink velvet trim, short sheer crinoline flouncy-flounce skirt, black canvas corset with white polka dots, black satin bra, incredibly tacky black “onyx” and rhinestone necklace, pink satin ribbon tied around my ponytail, and a metric ton of silver glitter in my hair. I wore the high tops because I wasn’t sure how much dancing I’d be doing or for how long. And thank fuck I did that, because as it was, my legs almost fell off from dancing, and I can’t imagine how I would have fared if my feet were all busted up from wearing heels all night, too.

So, they gave us a tour of the whole place beforehand, so we could direct people, and lo and behold, in the big tent, there was Amanda Palmer, finishing up her sound check. Nellie and I mildly freak out. Somehow, we manage to just watch her sing and not run into the ring and molest her. N and I got selected to fire confetti guns at the end of the show, so keep in mind that for all my !!!, at the end of the night, I ended up basically assaulting Amanda just to look at her outfit, which was a flouncy Moulin Rouge-y corset made entirely out of blue sequins and gold beaded fringe. (Amanda barely noticed, she was talking to drag queens).

But! Before I had had enough to drink to manage Not Being An Idiot, there was the VIP reception! Which involved many go-go dancers, and me being ordered to mingle and be fabulous, and also being told that the drinks were being mixed to kill (and that was accurate – I had a martini, I thought it was going to mug me). And at one point, I accidentally walked into someone else walking cross-wise, and her drink ended up mostly all over me, and only somewhat back in her glass. I said, “Ohmygod, I am so sorry! Do you want me to get you another one?” And she said, “No, that’s fine. It’s…all over you.” [gestures to my rack] Me: “Oh, do you want to lick it off?” Her: “Okay!” And so that happened.

And then N and I noticed Amanda Palmer mingling in the crowd, and so I walked over and was all, “Hi, um, I’m really glad you’re here and I just wanted to introduce myself.” And she said thanks and she was glad to be a part of the event, and how great Theater Offensive was. And I agreed, and when she shook my hand, she held my hand with both of hers and it was awesome. And then she looked down at my rack, went, “Oh god, these are huge!”

And then she touched them.

And I was like, “Well, um.” And then WITH HANDS STILL ON MY RACK, she goes “I wish mine were bigger.” And then she grabbed HER boobs. And I was like “UM NO YOURS ARE GRATE. ALSOILOVEYOURBELLY.” And she was like, “now THAT is nice and big!” and she started rubbing her belly. And then I just…could not stand there anymore, and so I was like, “Well, I know you’re supposed to be shmoozing with donors, so I don’t want to monopolize you.” And she said, “Okay, byeeee.” And reached out and RAN HER HAND FROM MY SHOULDER ALL THE WAY DOWN TO MY WRIST and sloooooowly walked away, all the while looking at me.

YES I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE I’M WRITING FANFIC. I AM NOT. THIS SHIT HAPPENED.

Oh, and when we got back to the performer tent, there was a draq queen pillow fight. DRAG QUEEN PILLOW FIGHT. And I turned to Dirty Nellie and said, “this is seriously one of the best nights of my life.”








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