We’ve made it to June! And June means only one thing: The Windy City Burlesque Festival. Full disclosure: I’m on the production team for WCBF. I coordinate all the volunteers, including the photography and videography staff. That doesn’t stop me from deciding, last-minute, in addition to all the other things I’m doing the week of the festival, to jump in and also shoot the Thursday night show.
The festival typically runs Wednesday through Saturday, which means that my schedule looked a little bit like:
Wednesday: Assist Trixie Sparx with her act.
Thursday: NOTHING. SERIOUSLY.
Friday: Shoot the 8pm show, appear in Vallery Dolls’ act in the 10pm show.
Saturday: Perform my solo (and the V! group act) in the 8pm show, shoot the 10pm show.
And yet, somehow, I decided that I just couldn’t do nothing on Thursday. So here we are.
We already had a photographer for this particular show (in fact, we had two) so I forewent sitting in the house and climbed up to the balconies overlooking the sides of the stage. Auralie Wilde, from Iowa, is a stunning aerialist and all-around bendy, wonderful human.
I got to see Dahlia D’Luxe perform this act at the Michigan Burlesque festival in 2015. It always helps to have seen an act before I photograph it, but most of the time, I don’t have that luxury, particularly in festivals when most performers are from out of town.
Last but not least, Audrey Deluxe, our headliner from New Orleans, closed out the show with her beautiful floral gown.
Stay tuned for WCBF Friday and Saturday night, coming soon!