Thursday 5 April 2018


Because behind-the-scenes photos always make things better here's the set up for the series.
A lot can be, and is done by photoshop, but the more you can put into the set organically the better.
So I had the other photoshootees of the day functioning as ground for my rose bushes. As one does.
Obviously the raw shots where there's a faun peeking out under my elbow are the best ones.

Here are some shots of how the actual act looks on stage -

photo: Bernhard Miettinen

photo: Minna Jerrman

photo: Bernhard Miettinen

It's my most Burton-esque act, that even though it begins eerie and sad, sort of a too-late Sleeping Beauty scenario, actually is rather humorous. In a tragicomic Burton kind of way. It started out as an idea for a quick Halloween act for our own event, where I wanted to dance with, what I first just planned as a ghost out of fabric, but then came up with - a skeleton (that you could see me craft on the kitchen floor in October...).  And then of course other things happen, as they tend to do in burlesque.

Some acts I plan for years before I start working with them practically, and some I work on for a year or years before they're out, but sometimes I get the idea and song on spot at once and can get practical right away, which was the case in this one. This act got to jump ahead in the queue (I usually have several acts in the making in one stage or another at once) and was stage ready in a month. Is is a lot of fun to perform (and my bony friend here has a great smile), even though the beginning got so sad I always get a little moved by it myself. Haha.

photo: Asko Jonathan Photography

And tonight it's on at the last ever Pirates Pleasures club: Witch Please!
Sail with me onto dark water at Wäiski!


Patricia said...

No 1 photo scares me but I love it.

tuxedos custom tailor in sammamish wa said...

Those looks scary but looks wonderful.

nathashakck said...

So the theme is immortal love after death is it? . Very unique photo shoot. I am not saying i love it. Rather i admire the style.

David Henry said...

Different type of images. I love all of these.

The Freelancer's FashionBlog said...

nathashakck : in simple yes. The story, which can just be seen as a Hallowwn ghost story of never-ending love is also about someting being too late - the skeleton really never wakes up but is dead all along, and the one waking him/her up (me, in this case) finds out they are a ghost themselves, so that the dream or longing for something that was or was lost might now work as you are just a ghost of what you once were, i.e. not the same persone anymore. If you want to get deep with it :) The photo series is also about life embracing death; skulls and roses, how something new can grow of something that is dead.