My performer friends in Maine know how to put together a variety show. Last Christmastime, my friend Holly Danger invited me to perform in her holiday production, the Naughty Elves Burlesque Show. Holly always pulls together a great cast of the finest talent, and this was no exception.
Drag Queens, Burlesque Dancers, Queer Sex Education, Cabaret, Comedy, it was a spectacular showcase. I love to perform in shows like this, because for one, I love a challenge to do something different, for two, the diversity in ideas and body types and styles always makes me happy. I did two numbers in this show, one of them was more of a burlesque number, and the second one(which can be viewed below) leaned more to performance/movement art.
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<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/155237281">Aquarius Funkk performs to Alchemy by TALA</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/user46819754">aquariusfunkk</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
This piece will continue to evolve as I perform it again and again. It explores heartbreak, melancholy, and the strength I derive from redirecting my frustration and vulnerability into my art.
As a movement artist, I am constantly examining the process of giving physical and creative energy, how it is perceived by others, and the toll it sometime takes on the psyche. The idea of mirroring and reflection is always present in my creative process, so I dig into my own self reflection as well as the ways I reflect and receive reflection from others.
During the conceptualizing if this piece, I was heavily contemplating my achievements in 2015, the impact it had on me, and the strange relationship I’ve had with ‘fame’ and with Portland.
This piece is a representation of the power and fear in my self-perception, the ways I don’t quite fit neatly into societal constructs, and the pure rawness that presents in in the ways I choose to move and express emotion.