What's coming in 2017
With the end of 2016 coming close, I can almost hear the audible sigh of relief from many of my friends and family with the approaching new year. For me, this year has been all about massive change, and the closing of many chapters in my life. In 2016, I made the decision to leave the Riot Grrrls Burlesque revue, which was one that I had been struggling with for a long time. Leaving a troupe is kind of like going through a breakup, but instead of breaking up with one person, you're breaking up with an entire group. The ending of that chapter was painful, but necessary.
I had a creative vision of the art that I wanted to create within this community, and the group had a different vision than I did. I was happy to see that there has been room for both of those visions in this city. I have watched as Victoria has embraced the raw, political and subversive burlesque that the Riot Grrrls brought in October with Disney Deconstructed and I have been happy to have been successful as an independent producer and see both of our shows sell out.
In 2016, I saw the introduction of more independent producers to the Victoria Burlesque community. I have watched in awe as I saw Gala Vega bring together the Bump 'n Grindhouse burlesque revue and sell out, and I watched as Misty Moss with Wet Coast burlesque turned the Victoria event center into a gorgeous cabaret environment with the kickoff of Let's Get Moist.
The new producers in this community have challenged me in many ways to become more innovative as a producer, and to bring my A game to every show I produce. We are lucky to have such a flourishing community in which we challenge and inspire each other. This year, I also made the decision to leave Logan's Pub as a venue. After 3 years of producing several shows at Logan's, I realized it was time for me to step outside my comfort zone and to challenge myself once again.
I'm excited in the direction I'm about to take D'Lishious Entertainment, and I'm headed in the direction of bringing burlesque to beautiful theatre environments full of guaranteed seating and an excellent view no matter where you are in the venues I produce. I'm looking forward to playing with lighting, and working with other local companies who want to get involved in the burlesque scene. I'm also looking forward to working with new performers from Vancouver, and I'm looking forward to making money from my art.
So for 2017, bring on the art, the innovation, the fantastic performers and the theatre. I'm ready!