Originally published Aug 28, 2017, on burlesquer Aurora Wilde’s blog.
You feel so inspired! You have so many ideas! Too bad you can’t put all of them into one costume or one 5 minute piece. …
Originally published Aug 21, 2017, on burlesquer Aurora Wilde’s blog.
There are many ways to ignite creativity. Some rely on following a set of instructions, like this technique:
Make a list of body parts and create a sequence of movements based on that list.
Example: left hand, head…
Originally published August 14, 2017, on burlesquer Aurora Wilde’s blog.
COSTUME AS CHOREOGRAPHY
Costumes are a huge part of burlesque performance. Take time to play with your pieces. How do they move? How can they be manipulated? What do they represent? …
Originally published Aug 7, 2017, on burlesquer Aurora Wilde’s blog.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Research the styles, people, and time periods you are emulating. Whether you are only using them as a starting point, or aiming for an exact representation, do some research to use as your basis for creation.
Audiences across the country are mourning the temporary loss of live performance as we wait for theatres to reopen. Personally, I had tickets to several shows I’ll never see now, and I’m wondering how to keep art in my daily life. …
Adjacentland — Rabindranath Maharaj
Wolsak & Wynn Publishers, 2018
Adjacentland is hard to read. For one, readers have to watch for subtle clues and reread sections, deciding what is real and what is imagined. The narrative is fractured and fantastical. The narrator believes his account to be true and yet…
Originally written January 25, 2019.
The Beyond Meat burger is popping up everywhere, including my favourite pub. Beyond Meat claims their plant-based patty “looks, cooks, and satisfies like beef.” It’s also supposed to be good for human health and the environment. Is it too good to be true? …
Big Dog the 2nd is a dog named after a cat. He already had another name, but we didn’t know it yet.
It’s spring 2019 and I’m visiting my parents in Castlegar, B.C. There’s a 100lb dog running around the neighbourhood having an excellent time. He has short tan fur…
A Spontaneous Theatre Creation by Rebecca Northan
Nov 22-Dec 30, 2018
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, Vancouver
When I walk into the theatre a waiter exclaims “Bonjour!” and serves me a compliment on a platter. As I try to converse with them in…