Resident Artist

Resident Artist

To represent an amazing show, you need an amazing poster artist. Meet our resident artist! E. Woodbury Rand is a Michigan born illustrator who currently resides in Chicago. Rand works for the Scuola Internazionale di Comics and is also a freelance artist. She was the head illustrator for Gala’s birthday show, and will be bringing her amazing skill set to this show as well. For now, all we can say is she is illustrating the poster, but there are many projects yet to be revealed…

Please check her out here: http://raaaaand.wordpress.com/

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Luna Legare

Luna Legare

Miss Luna is a Tickled Fancy alum, instructor, and producer in Ypsilanti as well as Ann Arbor. Luna is beauty, grace, and talent- a true twinkle in the sky! Her performance is classic, sensual, and can even make Annie Thing blush! Can you guess which card to you think Luna picked to portray?
Watch Luna perform: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS0iqCDLUbw

Check her out here:
https://www.facebook.com/luna.legare

photo by Cheryl Sugar at http://www.spiltsugar.com

Can you keep a secret?

If you are following this blog, it means you have an advantage in knowing things first. Readers, you know half the lineup already! Just for you, because we love you, here is the abstract for the show:

“Queens of Cups: Pick a Card” is a burlesque variety show and multimedia experience. Our performers will share with you the myth and magic of Tarot, using various art forms to weave a multifaceted spectacle of fortune, titillation, and curiosity! This production is a collaborative effort led by Gala Delicious of The Tickled Fancy Burlesque Co., and featuring the illustrious talents of 2010 ************************* of Windsor, Ontario, Chicago burlesque powerhouses Lilly Rascal, Dahlia Fatale, Red Rum, and Cruel Valentine, as well as Michigan phenomenons ********, ****************, *******************, *****************, Luna Legare, and many more!

Keep an eye open for fundraisers.

Red Rum

Red Rum

Let’s talk about this powerhouse!!
Red Rum is a multidisciplinary artist whose formal background is in painting and video art. Burlesque brought together the perfect combination of her love for makeup, prop building and horror film with the catharsis of a live audience. Drawing from a variety of influences she brings to the stage a unique combination of burlesque and performance art, choosing narratives that combine elements of sex, death and humor – the great social levelers. Known for her unusual costumes and skilled improvisation she strives to give audiences something they have never seen before and may never see again.

Red Rum is a core member of Hot and Heavy Burlesque in Chicago, IL and a frequent guest performer of the Dead Man’s Carnival in Milwaukee, WI. She also performs around Chicago with SS-Triple-X, Vaudezilla, Angela Eve and Eve’s Parlor Burlesque, Cirque De La Femme, the 1901 Gallery Theater, Ties and Tassels and the Festival of Flesh. When not performing she works full time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and collaborates with her husband, sideshow artist, Sanjula Vamana. Together with their son Dexter they continue to build their house of oddities.
Can you guess which card Red Rum picked to portray?
Watch Red Rum perform: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At7JJS-EBtE
Check her out here:
http://redrumperformanceart.com/home.html
https://www.facebook.com/redrumperformanceart

photo © 2014 C. Jason Brown/Insight Image

Dahlia Fatale

Dahlia Fatale

Meet DAHLIA FATAL! Watch Dahlia perform: http://vimeo.com/85061989 MIND BLOWING! This woman is quite a force. Dahlia Fatale is a contortionist, burlesque dancer and teacher currently residing in the Chicago area. She began dancing as soon as she could walk and continues to study jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary dance. She made her burlesque debut in 2010 with Urban Bombshells Burlesque in Seattle, Washington as a dancer and group act choreographer. While in Seattle she performed regularly with Chameleon Productions and Starving Artists on Parade. Dahlia moved to Chicago in 2012 and continued her burlesque performances with Ties and Tassels Productions, Hot and Heavy Burlesque and The 1901 Gallery. She also honed her contortion skills and performs as a house contortionist at Unbridled at Untitled and with Beast Women! To further body positivity and strength within and outside the burlesque community, Dahlia began teaching at Vaudezilla studios in 2012. She also performs in Vaudezilla’s cabaret at Stage 773. For the past 3 years, Dahlia has been a proud performer, teacher and panelist at the Great Burlesque Expo in Boston, Massachusetts. Dahlia strives to evoke strong, personal and interesting characters with her work which intrigues audiences minds as well as their bodies, but more than anything she wants to rock your world. She’s a little rebel devil!

Any ideas of which card she has chosen to represent?

Check out Dahlia Fatale:
https://www.facebook.com/theladyfatal
http://www.dahliafatale.com/
photo by Ivan Philips: https://www.facebook.com/general.logic

Cruel Valentine

Cruel Valentine

In order for this project to be successful I had to bring along my most talented friends! Meet CRUEL VALENTINE! Valentine is Chicago’s own Community Chest and her performance really packs a punch. Valentine hails from Michigan and currently resides in Chicago. She is amazing and face-melting. Valentine combines elements from so many types of dance and is a masterful goddess of the stage. Please check her out here: http://cruelvalentine.com/ and seriously, watch this video: http://vimeo.com/67527373

Any guesses about what card she will represent?

Theater, be our Home

Theater, be our Home

A dream of historic life. The venue we would love to play this show at is the historic Michigan Theater. This theater has given so much to the community, and is a landmark of the downtown area. Gala Delicious came out of The Tickled Fancy Burlesque co., which has contributed to the community for over 7 years. She believes that the combined forces of this venue and this performance, and incredibly important, and is working hard to make this a reality.

From the Michigan Theater’s Website(http://www.michtheater.org/):
A Brief History of the Michigan Theater
During the “roaring twenties”, an era of high style and progressive thinking, Detroit Architect Maurice Finkel designed a grand silent film exhibition theater appropriate for a town with a world-class university. The Michigan Theater opened on January 5, 1928 with a fully functioning stage, orchestra pit, an elaborate organ, as well as the capability to project film

Over the next fifty years, the Butterfield Theater Corporation operated the Michigan Theater as a venue for films and the occasional live event. In an effort to lure audiences from their television sets, the company chose to “modernize” the facility in 1956, destroying the original architectural design and its movie palace grandeur. In the late 1970’s, the proliferation of multiplex theaters led to the demise of most movie palaces and in 1978, Butterfield abandoned the Michigan. Faced with the demolition of their beloved theater, a group of dedicated theater organists fought to save the Michigan and succeeded with the help of the local community.

After 25 years of fundraising and a three-phase Capital Campaign, the Michigan Theater has been restored to its original palatial glory and stands today as a non-profit venue for artistic film and the performing arts. The Michigan Theater is the home to the Ann Arbor
Symphony Orchestra, the Not Just For Kids live children’s theatre series, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Michigan also hosts both popular and classical music concerts presented by the University Musical Society, Live Nation Worldwide, various departments with the University of Michigan and many local area non-profit community groups. The Michigan remains dedicated to film exhibition, providing a 365-day a year program of specialty films in our recently added Screening Room. Films projected in the main house are often preceded by an organ concert, performed on a rare 1928 Barton Organ.

In 2006, the Michigan Theater was named Outstanding Historic Theater in North America by the League of Historic American Theatres. The LHAT award is designed to recognize a theatre project that demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in its vision, execution and service. It is presented annually to an operating historic theatre for distinguished artistic accomplishment and meritorious community impact created by its programs and services. The independent LHAT jury selected the Michigan Theater for distinguished accomplishment and impact through its programs and services and for the quality of its physical restoration, calling it a compelling example of blending history with contemporary programming, an exemplary restored theatre, encouraging education in the arts and independent film.

After 80 years of remodeling, renovation, restoration, and near-demolition the Michigan stands and remains, in the words of architect Maurice Finkel, “a Shrine to Art… and a credit to the community…”

Please check out the Michigan Theater:
http://www.michtheater.org/
https://www.facebook.com/michigantheater

also mentioned:
https://www.facebook.com/TickledFancyBurlesqueCo