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.”





Marina: “CAKE!”

11 03 2009

Big Moves Boston is barreling straight ahead into Tea & Strumpets 3 (the Copywrong Edition) on Saturday, March 21, and folks…if you’re in the Boston area, or can get here, you WANT to be there. First of all: BURLESQUE. Secondly: CAKE.

The other reason that you might want to be there is that hey, it’s our big fundraising event for the year. Your buying a ticket and throwing down a bunch of raffle tickets is going to help us keep doing what we do best: in-your-face, size-diverse dance and performance art!

You like that, baby? You like it in your face? Well, then buy a ticket at http://www.bigmoves.org/calendar (click on the listing on 3/21) and get your sweet butt there! And if you can’t make there, but you’re feeling generous to us artistic, sweaty fatties and fatlets, you can make a donation instead… details are up in the “donate & advertise” tab.

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Nellie: “Johnny Blazes’ 25th Birthday Bash Benefit”

18 02 2009

Yeah, yeah…I know. It’s been a while. But! We’re back! With bitchin’ new appearances and all.

Come see us and many other incredible Boston-area performers at Johnny Blazes’ 25th Birthday Bash Benefit! We’re doing one saucy number, and not only do you not want to miss us, you don’t want to miss any of the other performances either. This is a ridiculously talented, sexy, and hilarious bunch, so come check it out!

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Coqette: “Dr. Sketchy’s is Making Me Effin’ Crazy”

2 12 2008

So tonight, in case you are somehow unaware, I am the artist’s model for Dr. Sketchy. (Details about the event are in the Upcoming Performances tab up top, or just one post below this one on the main page.) I’m modeling solo, because the organizer is trial-running a night-time version (usually it’s Sunday afternoons), and she was worried about the attendance, yadda yadda, only one model in case there’s no $.

I am not worried about the $. Spoiler alert: dancers generally don’t get paid very well. I am not even worried about sitting still for that long; I’m exhausted today, so if anything, I may end up taking a 20-minute nap on stage and start drooling. Sexass.

What I am worried about is going up there alone. Not because I don’t like being on stage by myself – I totally, totally like it, probably in a Secretly Very Revealing About Her Psyche way – but because I don’t like that I can’t move. If I can’t move, I can’t see how my jokes are going over with the entire crowd. I can’t make eye contact and charm people. I can’t say something and gradually smile while I say it, which is up there with, “nodding your head while talking,” in the list of ways to get people to subconsciously like you.

You’re reading this going, “Damn, Coquette tries too hard.” Maybe I do. But I don’t think so, because if you’re saying it, you probably already like me, and if you like me, then it’s probably because I’ve already charmed the hell out of you. Which is what I’m supposed to do – I’m a self-promoting performer. And it’s also what I’m supposed to do because, aside from the actual sketching, I sort of *am* the event…or more accurately, I’m the Key Prop. And if the Key Prop is a wet blanket, then it’s going to be a loooong 2.5 hours.

This was going to be the usual, “Hey! Event! Tonight!” excitement building post, and I would love to do that. But my mother is in town tonight (and will be at Dr. Sketchy’s — everyone come out and say hi to my mom! …yeah, still sounds weird), and today has been kind of awful on all fronts. Pretty much the last thing I feel capable of doing is being sexy and wonderful in front of strangers, but that would be why they call it acting.

So if you read this blog and you come out tonight (which you should – there will be Christmas music, because I’m unashamedly That Girl), think of yourself as getting the back-stage pass into my brain. And please feel free to come say hi and tell me if I’m faking it well or not. 🙂





Marina: “Auditions, fatties. Auditions.”

19 11 2008

You’ve seen us on stage. You’ve taken body shots off of us in bars. You’ve sighed and said to yourself, “DAMN. I want to be on stage with them.” Well, now’s your chance, because Big Moves Boston is holding auditions!

Auditions for the spring 2009 performance season are coming up in early January, for ensemble positions in a wide variety of performances, including…

– Yarrr! A Pirate Cabaret (March 21 in Boston)
– Fat Camp (late April in Boston, and May 8-9 in Philadelphia)
– repertory performances at regional colleges
– additional appearances at Tea & Strumpets 3, the Fetish Fair Masquerade Ball, and other area showcases.

Big Moves is not just a grassroots dance and performance company, it’s also a passionate community AND a serious artistic effort aimed at shifting existing prejudices about size and weight in the dance community and in society as a whole. We ask a lot of our performers and our crew, and the first thing we ask is that you really be on-board with the kind of work that we do.

MORE ABOUT BIG MOVES

WE HAVE MANY GENRES IN BIG MOVES. Jazz, musical theater, hip hop, bellydance, burlesque, lyrical and modern and post-modern, just to name a few. Some of our numbers are one genre, some are hybrids. Performers sometimes have one genre they are strongest in, but we ask our performers to work in different numbers that may be different from their primary focus (it’s good for you!).

ALMOST ALL OF OUR PERFORMERS DANCE.  Occasionally we will take guest artists who are only singers or jugglers or whatever, but in general for inclusion in the regular cast, you’ve gotta dance. We are looking for performers who can dance at an advanced beginner level, at least, or else you must be a quick learner (as will be tested in the movement audition). Dancers with higher skill levels may be invited to create and rehearse solo or small-group works for shows.

ALL OF OUR DANCERS DO OTHER THINGS, TOO. Acting and singing are the obvious talents we need, in addition to dance, but we have costumers and writers and props people and acrobats and instructors in the cast as well. We’re a pretty multitalented, crafty bunch, and we need to be to do the amazing art that we do.

BIG MOVES PERFORMERS WORK HARD. Big Movers rehearse 3 to 12 hours a week, depending on level of involvement and what shows are coming up, and participate in Big Moves’ profit-share program. Most rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons, and Monday and/or Tuesday evenings.

BIG MOVES PERFORMERS SELL THEIR OWN SHOWS. Our dancers are active in going out to promotional appearances, selling tickets to shows, and selling Big Moves merchandise and events in their own personal network.

BIG MOVES IS GETTING BIGGER AND BROADER. We encourage people of color,  super-sized people, and men or butch-identified woman to audition. Big Moves is proudly queer- and trans-friendly, and we are SIZE-DIVERSE (that is, we are thin and average-sized, as well as different sizes and shapes of fat). We want performers of any and all sizes, who want to move forward as artists AND help us push out the boundaries of body acceptance in our dance community and in society.

BIG MOVES IS A COMMUNITY, NOT JUST A COMPANY. Big Moves has been in operation in the Boston area since 2005. We are looking for people who are interested in joining a circle of likeminded, body-loving freaks, not just doing a gig.

Questions? Visit us online first…

www.bigmoves.org
on myspace
on facebook

and then send email to marina@bigmoves.org





Marina: “And Now for Something Completely Different”

18 11 2008

Well, we hope you got a chance to see us in Hot Buffet. Wow, right? I mean, even WE are still reeling. We’re not likely to plummet that deep into tragic awesomeness any time again soon, but we had to do it once, just to say we went there.

We are bouncing right back into our normal high-energy fun fest with the spring show, Fat Camp, and yes, you’re going to get more info about that soon. But right now, we need your help sending Big Moves for another run at the Montreal Fringe Festival, a wild celebration of alternative theater and performance taking place June 11-21.

This year marks Big Moves Boston’s FOURTH trip to the Fringe. We’ve been doing our large-scale musicals there for the past two years (Gargantua and Lard). This year, we’re stripping it down and loading up a single car for a fast-paced, in-your-face, two-person carnival of fun and fat-assery, something we’re calling WIDE LOAD: breaking the stage and taking names. Full-out dance moves, fast and furious semi-autobiographical sketch comedy, blistering rants, and random slingshots of tasty snacks make Wide Load the fringe show that people are going to want to see.

Veteran Big Mover Colette and I are again hosting an outdoor breakfast for the Fringe community–or everyone who gets there before the pancake batter runs out. We’ll be roaming Montreal streets in skirts up to Here and fattitude out to There. Two people can’t flood the Fringe with fabulous the way 12 people can, but damn it if we’re not going to try.

Hey, and Wide Load will be running for one night only in Boston, too! We’re planning a special launch party for late May! But we need your help to get this show up and running.

We’re already had a few donors from around the country, and one generous contributor from Chicago, but we need more support. Our goal is $1000 in the next 12 days. That money will help pay our entry fees ($640) and print the postcards and posters that will bring more Fringe attendees in to see the Big Moves vision of a size-diverse world. If you haven’t yet donated to Big Moves this year, consider making now the time to start. If you’ve already donated, you know we put on great shows with grassroots budgets, and you know that your added contribution at this time is going to really make a difference.

Send email to marina@bigmoves.org and let me know how much you can pledge. I will send you a paypal money request and we can do it online (we are revamping our online donation process, and that’ll be up to speed by December 1, too late for us to use for this push, though).

All donations of $35 or more will receive a Wide Load tour bumper sticker, plus a Wide Load poster signed by Colette and me. You know the work we do, you know the changes we’re trying to make. We rely on individual donors to help move us forward. More specifically, we rely on you.