It’s time to get to know the team behind all the magic of the Nerdlesque Fest! First up, is our Headline Coordinator, “The Twisted Beauty of New York City,” Dangrrr Doll!
A multi-award winning performance artist and burlesque dancer, Dangrrr Doll arose from a background in theater and costuming as well as a near-obsession with fantasy novels and video games. Dangrrr brings classic beauty combined with pop culture savvy and a dose of heavy metal to the stage. She is the co-producer of RAWR! Burlesque, a regular performer with D20 Burlesque and Gotham Burlesque, and has toured around the country with her unique brand of unconventional striptease. She can frequently be seen at New York’s famous burlesque venue, The Slipper Room.
Dangrrr Doll holds the titles for the 2013 Great Burlesque Expo “Most Humorous Act”, the 2013 Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival “Best Costume”, the 2013 Carolina Burlesque Fest “Most Original Act”, and the 2012 NYBF Golden Pastie Award for “Cutest Geek in Burlesque”. She has been featured on Collegehumor.com, Time Out NY, and Burlesque Beat.
Dangrrr will also be teaching a class! Learn how to widen your audience for nerdlesque, pop culture, and character based acts. Get in deep with your theme and discover how it can appeal to everyone, even if they’ve never heard of that obscure anime you’re referencing! Class registration details to come.
I love that woman!
The final thing we must recognize is the costumes, designed by another of Tim Burton’s long time collaborators, Oscar winning costume designer Colleen Atwood. All of the dresses in this movie are beautiful, but the final dress that Christina Ricci wears is an iconic moment in Tim Burton’s films. West uses Burton’s signature black and white stripes and molds them through a basque, bustle, ruffled edges and full skirt. In terms of goth-dom, it’s like the Shroud of Turin.
What a great name for an Egypt-themed burlesque film.
Yummy Mummy Inez Claire vamps-it-up for archeologist Little Jack Little, in this publicity still for Quality Pictures’ 1950 Burlesque film: 'TOMB IT MAY CONCERN'.. It was one of a number of short features produced by W. Merle Connell for the burgeoning 16mm Home Movies market.. Snippets of these shorts, were also featured in coin-operated machines found at many 50’s-era Carnival penny arcades..
”Wherever I went, I was always the center of attention with green hair. On airplanes, trains, wherever I’d stop and get gas. It was like, ‘who is this?’ They would just stand and stare. It was quite funny to see the reactions of the people. They would all look at me like I was crazy. But when you’re young, you just don’t mind it. Even if I quit being the Oyster Girl some day, I’ll keep my hair green. My eyes are green, too.” - Evangeline the Oyster Girl (burlesque dancer from late 1940s-1960s) ♥ ♥
Evangeline the Oster Girl’s performer name was actually Kitty West: she had to stop dying her hair green after one or two years because she got skin poisoning from the dye.
Parisian showgirl Mistinguett, nicknamed “La Miss”.