Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Come join the Cabaret

The tale of Feline and Furness

I'm sure you were all wondering just how Feline and Furness came to be at the doll house,, well here is their story. Furness says she was drawn to the doll house due to their acceptance and use of heavy makeup, Feline says he just went were the gin flowed and the nip was in abundance

Sunday, 14 October 2012

I've simply got to march my heart's a drummer

I just love musicals, and this is one of my favourite songs. It's so uplifting, I love the way songs from musicals are so catchy and can relate to real life. I just wish life was a musical. It is in my head at least.
My heart is a drummer, who told you you were allowed to rain on my parade?

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Rare interview with Lady Priscilla

Feline and Furness live at the Doll House cabaret

This is the second video from the Doll House Cabaret featuring two of my most turbulent double acts:
 Feline and Furness.

 Furness found feline in the garden one stormy day and decided to take him in, their love of performance grew and grew, resulting in the double act you see before you. Unfortunately Felines love for kitty narcotics grew too, leading to a rather turbulent relationship between the pair. Feline Denys his addiction and insists the performance downfalls are due to an unhealthy gin habit possessed by Furness.

(I was heavily influenced by gin ,,sorry, I mean I was heavily influenced by the work of DV8's physical theatre for this piece, along side the imagery of silent films and Wiemar Cabaret. The Furness character I have based upon Anita Berber, one of Germaine's leading silent movie stars, also an artist and performer. She was a wonderfully talented women who's ideas were risque and well beyond the times she lived in. she had serious liqueur and drug addictions and was known around Germany for her erotic and drug fuelled displays.So with this in mind I thought I would base a character around that, and add a drug addicted cat into the mix.

DV8 have always been a big influence upon me, I love the way they take everyday repetitive movements and turn them into something beautiful. If anyone has seen 'The Cost Of Living' they will understand this is where the head movement in my video has it's origins.
 I wanted the movement to be repetitive for two reasons, firstly , and most importantly because it looks good and fits with the music I wanted it to( the music being that of the Dresden dolls , also fitting in with the theme of Wiemar and Berlin cabaret)! and secondly because I like the use of repetitive movement to emphasise the every day. Although Cabaret is full of glamour , the performers have to meticulously rehearse so the show is flawless. This is something else I wanted to represent within this piece.

Over all I'm very proud of it, making work in such a way is a little different for me , but if i think about it , my mind has always been influenced by such things, I think it just took me a little while to realise this was the right path for me.

I have lots more planned for the doll house cabaret, new characters lined up and lots and lots of fun ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ESpxhQwePw&feature=plcp

Friday, 12 October 2012

Welcome To the Doll House Cabaret

Imagine , if you will a wondrous world full of gallows humour, dramatic makeup and drug addicted cats. What's that I hear you say? can't imagine it?
worry not my darlings, The Doll House Cabaret is here to feed all your dreams, as long as those dreams involve macabre adventures, feuding dance acts and cats with serious addictions.
come and join the cabaret!
more acts to be confirmed!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

If I only Had a Heart

So I have eventually worked out how to do things on my video editing program, at long last!  I've placed the original file on here as appose to the one I've put on you tube, I''m not sure what happened but once it went onto you tube , the quality wasn't very good at all.

The basic concept of this film was to use myself as a puppet or doll, I feel that in life the world and some of the people in it often use each other as though they are 'throw away' items, a doll that an unappreciative child might cast aside and throw in the bin.
       I considered this notion and related it to the way the world seems to me at times and thought, just because other people treat you as though you have no heart or feelings, doesn't mean you don't have them, and doesn't mean you can ever shake the desire to have one that isn't constantly trod upon.

I wanted to play with the possibilities of just been able to unzip your chest and rummage around inside there, as we do metaphorically every day.I wanted to portray the disappointment when we constantly try to rebuild ourselves and it seldom works.

The horrible notion that our heart's are our own, but we can't control what is done to them by others.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

If I only had a heart

I filmed My new performance piece a couple of days ago. It is currently been edited but I thought I would pop some of the stills from the days shenanigans on here for everyone to have a look at. I shall explain the concept behind this piece when all the editing is done. Sit tight my pretties a wonderfully macabre video shall soon be here!