Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday October 24th at Camp Roguery | Burn 2

Saturday Schedule
We are coming to the close of our Burn 2 schedule. Today's events are:

At 5pm - Sara-Marie Philly (live musician)
at 6pm - Burn The Man (Burn 2 official event)
at 10pm - Guerilla Burlesque's Carnival Of Mirrors Closing show
at 11pm - dj.chry  - Mostly Horny

It's been such a delight to play for the week at Burn 2, seeing old friends, meeting new ones. So many good times and memories.
Tonight we will be attending the Burning of the Man ceremony at 6pm. This is a truly engaging event, and we would be honoured if you would join us attending it.
Come as you are, or come as the wonderful Carnival of Rogues that we know resides at the heart of this community. Please no weapons, but find your inner dark and sexy Carney, and join us at the super-laggy, crazy beautiful Man Burn 2015.

Yesterday's Mail

Friday's winner event has to be the Pasties and Panties Art Tour, but it was a close call, every event was just a blast.

Kyra led us out of the gate with her Rock Show, and interactive that featured great metal and rock songs. She's like Cordie's twin, same sunny nature and welcoming charm. And speaking of Cordie, the Monster Mash Interactive was so cool, and heavily attended, because of course everyone loves to dress up as a monster and dance to Thriller. Even I did it, and I hate Thriller!

And then it was time for the Great Pastie Caper. I believe we rode bikes. I believe we looked at art installations. I definitely saw pasties. The rest was a kind of benign chaos, but it was the single most glorious event of the year for me.

This was a late inspiration from Thea Dee, who, it must be said, serves as unofficial Community Officer for Idle Rogue, and certainly is the nexus for Idle Rogue at Burn 2. It was just a great fun event, that could only have been put together by someone who cared not only about Roguery, not only about Burn 2, but about art. And pasties. Thank you Thea.And thank you Jess Cauld, your bike gift saved me from a trip into the mountains, never to be seen again.

Something happens at Burn. You're not who you usually are. You let go of things that you usually use to repress yourself. And nobody behaves especially badly, but it's very cool to watch people have fun, and let a side of themselves loose. I see a bunch of photos of me in pasties. That's ... not usual. And yet I didn;t want to get dressed when it was clearly time to cover back up!

Of course, what happens on the Playa stays on the Playa, so you'll never know unless you go ;-)

In our pasties and panties, and with more than one willing naturist joining us along the way, we arrived at the DMV in time for the LampLighters Parade, and were generously invited to join, which was wonderful. The LampLighters have taken on a spiritual assignment for their Burn, and it's quite moving to watch them make their way across the site.

After LampLighters we had a really unique and exciting live music session. JavaJoe MacIntyre was in exceptional form, his beautiful voice not so much a vocal fry as a vocal razing. Joe was on his A Game, and if you have ever heard him like that you know what a treat it was.

Komuso Tukogawa followed, and was also in his best form. I feel genuinely honoured by these two innovative musicians and the quality of performance they delivered. There was nothing same ol' about either of these guys, and well played blues music is always a gift to the heart. I am so grateful to those who made this performance possible.

Tyche Szondi directed Burnlesque, an authentic burlesque revue that featured acts from Jess Cauld, Aubreya Joszpe, Zahra Ethaniel, a debut from Dear Misfit and more proof from Azabella Allamar (as if any were necessary) that she is the finest rock choreographer working today. It is really difficult finding animations that work with rock and metal music, let alone in an erotic routine, and Azabella consistently does all of that and looks breathtaking doing it.

Burnlesque suffered from several technical problems, but once again it was directed with grace and good humour, through to a duet ending from Ty and Meegan Danitz that worked as an authentic "show" workup of a burlesque-oriented tune - It Ain't The Meat, It's The Motion, by Maria Muldaur. With a stylised balcony stage set, and Rosie The Riveter meets Dita costuming, this was a fun act that felt like a dance act, in the very best context.

The last show of the evening was a reprise of Blaze DeVivre's highly praised The Kate Bush Indulgence, which I talked about on Tuesday. I'd like to extend my personal thanks to Blaze for repeating her performance, because I had been unable to see it in it;s complete form at the previous session. It was kind of her and her team to take the time to run it again for me, and I hope for some of you who had heard how beautifully crafted it was. I know Blaze feels it is still a work in progress, so you can look forward to another opportunity to see this production at Idle Rogue.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday October 23rd at Camp Roguery | Burn 2

Friday's Schedule

at 3pm - Kyra's Burn 
at 5pm - Interactive Dance session - Monster Mash 
at 6pm - Pasties and Panties Playa Art Tour 
at 7pm - Lamplighters Parade
at 8pm - JavaJoe Live 
at 9pm - Komuso Tukogawa 
at 10pm - Burnlesque 
at 11pm - Kate Bush Indulgence (Reprise)
at 6am (Saturday) - Burn The Man

Yesterday's Mail

Thursday at Burn is the day you crawl out of your swag ... or someone's swag ... and realise you're on the home stretch. It's like a little mid-life crisis, where you realise it's all going to end and there are things you wanted to do. Yes, it's a kind of madness, but the trick is to channel it.

Cordie's interactive was themed around a selective trip through music from the 20s to today. Ever the glamour, it's going to take her a while to get that fine white dust out of those beaded dresses!

Hells and Aubs ran a Demented Clowns party, and I loved everything about that gig. The costumes were beautiful, the dance moves were fun and the set was wild. Hells put together a playlist of metal mashups, and every song was a winner. If you missed this event, don't sleep, clowns will eat you. Fact.

After the Lamplighter break we hit the sand for a tribal/fusion set from DJ Lindy Hopper, sublime hostess of The Electric Monocle. If you are someone who feels they need their musical spectrum broadened, I urge you to look her up. This was another beautiful, melodic event, with guests displaying superb costumes on Cyllene's exotic Belly Dance Pit build.

Speaking of Cyllene, last night saw the last of the "Pit" (Belly Dance shows. Cyllene directed all five of these across the week. I have briefly mentioned, more than once, how professional and thorough her shows have been. They were enjoyed by many Burners who are now new friends, and saw performances from new dancers, such as Anashara Dubois, Jenna Dirval, and Dear Misfit who built up new acts from scratch and often fought intense lag to bring them to the stage. Literally. They were gorgeous, as were those stalwart established divas, such as Aubreya Joszpe, Zahra Ethaniel, Deb Heron, Chewie Quixote, Cyllene herself, Maar Vollous and Queenie Acacia. Blaze DeVivre delightedly extended her repertoire, and through all of this, Cyllene steadfastly led, it was a  very big workload and an unqualified success.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday October 22nd at Camp Roguery | Burn 2

Thursday Schedule

3pm - Dance Interactive with Cordelia Cerise - Through The Year
Cordie takes you time travelling the old fashioned way - with great music and dance from times past
4pm - Demented Clowns with DJ Lobo and Aubreya Joszpe
It's Hells. It's Aubs. They're demented, and they're clowns, and you know this will be the most fun you can have standing up, so get your big feet on, let's go.
8pm - Tribal Fusion with DJ Lindy Hopper 
The elegant and erudite Lindy Hopper crafts playlists of fusion and tribal music that are at once remote and yet familiar. Equipped with the superpower of enabling you to feel swept away to exotic locations within the first four minutes of hearing her music, Hopper's warm and charming persona completes a truly memorable musical experience
10pm - Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Pit 
The Belly Dance Pit, scene of so much languor and delight this Burn 2 week, welcomes proponents of the Tribal/Fusion school today. Take your seats around the circular stage and enjoy the passionate melding of cultures.
2am - Vocalist-Guitarist Tallyesin live
Something for our Southern Hemisphere Rogues, an old favourite rejoins us for a run at the Burn stage. Tallyesin is a sublime vocalist-guitarist with a smooth but never bland musical style. Playing covers you will instantly recognise and his own alt-ballads, Tally presents a rich and engaging musical experience in the wee small hours.

Yesterday's Mail

It was all about that space last night at Camp Roguery. It's hard to spell, isn't it, Roguery? I've seen some wild version of it this week!

Wednesday started with a Belly Dance session in the traditional style. Performances from Aubreya Joszpe, Maar Vollous, Queenie Acacia, Anashara Dubois, Thea Dee, Chewie Smith and of course the Queen of The Pit for 2015, Cyllene Dembo, flashed and twirled "old school style" for a relaxed but attentive audience reclining amongst the cushions.

Cordie's interactive dance sessions are always well-attended, and you could see the words "food fight" brought them from across the Playa.

 Voodoo Shilton and his harem of (yet more) belly dancers took the floor from 8pm. Voodoo never disappoints, with his warm demeanour and his formidable fingers. He warned us that FunkyFreddy was going to be in the mood to tell stories, and he was on the money. With or without music, Freddy is a superlative storyteller who ranges through images that cannot be anything but a very human Americana.

Guerilla Burlesque ran a dance show featuring acts about Space and SciFi, with presentations from Zahara Ethaniel, Maeve Branner, Blaze DeVivre, Chewie Quixote and another coup de grace from Cyllene Dembo, who reprised her 2014 redemption epic, "Death Is The Road To Awe' to loud acclaim.

We closed out the night with in-theme tunes from the encyclopedic collection of Maeve Branner. As the nerd among the geeks I was lost in space, but the crowd were fun and fabulous, and that's what it really takes to make a great night out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday October 21st at Camp Roguery | Burn 2

Wednesday's Schedule:

4pm Traditional Belly Dance
The art form relies on simulating percussion and flow with the hips and torso, and these shows have been carefully produced to show off exactly that. These shows are hypnotic and sensual and today's Traditional display starts your Roguery day.

5pm - Interactive Dance Fun with Cordelia Cerise
Cordie's Interactive dance session today is a food fight, which promises to be a wet sticky mess you need to change the colour of your meditations.

8pm - Voodoo Shilton (live musician)
A gifted guitarist, Voodoo Shilton is in the top tier of performers in Second Life who can often be found roaming around in the jazz, gypsy, world, blues, classical and fusion genres. Musically satisfying performance from a classy entertainer

9pm - Funky Freddy Republic (live musician)
Freddy's distinctive vocals lend themselves to the classics of Americana, but his repertoire includes flashes of psychedelia and original rock, blues and alternative pieces .

At 10pm Space and SciFi Revue with Guerilla Burlesque
Yes, it's the home team, your dance troupe, presenting the best of their Sci Fi and Space themed acts in a revue directed by Chewie Quixote. Don't be shy, come in theme, you know we love it when you play with us ;)

From 11pm we round out the night with DJ Maeve Branner. Maeve's regular set on Idle Rogue is a nostalgic mindfuck of classics, covers and weird shit you are strangely drawn to and cannot leave. Like Space Food bars!

Yesterday's Mail

The day started quietly with Cordie's workout and a lull in the adventures until the Tutu Ball at 8pm. What a terrific event that was! Thea Dee took over the hud requirements, and the tunes were very well received. Outfits were dazzling and the banter was thoroughly entertaining from where I was standing. I recommend you check out Ty Szondi's photos for a feel for the Tutu love.

Exciting developments during the day saw two more events join the schedule. Due to popular demand, Blaze DeVivre and her team agreed to reprise The Kate Bush Indulgence at 11pm Friday night. I am still getting rave reviews for this production, and since I missed it on the first run, I am excited to get to see it. Will you come watch it with me? It will be one immediately after Burnlesque on Friday night, so you know there will be dancing in your Friday night visions.

Additionally, Thea Dee has had the inspired notion to take us on an art tour of the various installations on the playa, and since we are still striving to put the camp in your encampment, we have decided this is a pasties and panties event. As always we will take you as you are, but if you had some cute pasties  or boxers you've been dying to show off, this is your event. You'll need to bring a bike, or rezz one from our bike station, and the weather, I can assure you, suggests sunscreen. The Pasties and Panties Art Tour takes off from Camp Roguery at 6pm on Friday evening.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday October 20th at Camp Roguery | Burn 2

Tuesday Schedule

It's Tutu Tuesday, that Burning Man Tradition, and Roguery Camp are bound and determine - though mostly bound - to put a little tulle in your Tuesday.

The day starts with another fun workout, Cordie style, this one is a mystery theme, but not the Sherlock kind. Just show up and do as your told, have we failed you yet?

Then we take a break til 8pm, but tonight's a good night to catch the LampLighters, if you haven't yet, another fiery tradition that adds to the Burn mythology. It starts at 7pm, ask them at the gate to get you there.

At 8pm we open up the sensual big top ballroom for the Tutu Ball, the first of many, we hope. I'll be playing the big epic rock songs that make you gaze at the horizon, while encouraging everyone to wear a very very short and gauzy skirt. You don't have to wear a Tutu, but you have to agree they are very pretty!

Vocalist-Guitarist Lyndon Heart takes over at 10pm. His music is smooth and beautifully made, with well chosen classics and some fine surprises to complete a satisfying experience.

Finally, at midnight, we present a feast of Western Belly Dance. These shows, in the opulent pit arena created by Cyllene Dembo, have been hypnotically beautiful, and this is a wonderful way to wrap up the evening at Roguery Camp.

Yesterday's Mail

From my observation the clear winner on Monday was Blaze DeVivre's jaw-dropping Kate Bush dance show, but this comes as no surprise. Blaze has absolutely levelled up in 2015, and she was a great dancer from her first audition. She has the passion of a true artist, and tenaciously brought this production to the stage with two years of loving forethought. A capacity audience responded rapturously, with so many affirmations that productions like this change how people see their Second Life. You can see photos from The Kate Bush Indulgence via the generosity of Doug Kavanagh.

We had a couple of live music performances, Andreus (Anj) Gustafsen came by and let the fingers fly, and TwinGhost Ronas, whose beautiful, beautiful voice is like a caress from a favourite lover also shared the Burn passion.

Last but by no means least, the spectacular traditional Belly Dance Traditional program suffered from a number of technical hitches and still managed to wow the gathered crowd. Big props to dancers Deb Heron, Jenna Dirval, Chewie Quixote, Queenie Acacia, Aubreya Joszpe and Cyllene Dembo (who once again directed with cool, calm and very effective leadership. You can see photos from the Belly Dance show and the Kate Bush show on Facebook, as well as crowd  and party scenes on the Idle Rogue Facebook page.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday October 19th at Camp Roguery | Burn 2

Sunday seemed to go well, so we thought we'd do it again for Monday!

Monday Schedule 
at 3pm - Interactive Dance session with Cordelia Cerise- Beach Party  
(see below). Dress for the beach!
at 5pm - Anj Gustafsen (live music) 
a rare musical treat from a truly accomplished multi-instrumentalist and vocalist
at 6pm - Traditional Belly Dance
regarded by many as an art form, Belly Dance is a traditional dance style believed to be Middle Eastern in origin. Tonight's performances are intended to reflect the fluidity and percussion of a well-articulated set of hips
 at 8pm - TwinGhost (live music)
TG is another sublime live and original vocalist-guitarist whose indie balladry is satisfyingly complex
at 10pm - Kate Bush Indulgence  Blaze DeVivre's magnum opus premieres at Burn 2 tonight. The Kate Bush Indulgence features performances by members of Guerilla Burlesque (SL) and a fully-realised vision for The Ninth Wave. This is original and new work by a gifted performance artist, don't miss it.
at 11pm - Goths on the Playa with DJ Chewie Quixote 
Something for the paler burner, Goth diva Chewie Quixote hosts this unique to Burn 2 event until 1am

Yesterday's Mail:

Sunday's events started out with a cool crowd at Cordie's dance interactive; if you've never been, she sets up mover prims and huds with dances to a themed soundtrack. She also sets a scene and provides some props to make it more fun. Tonight's event was a fusion of steamy songs and gearwork, and the costumes were a delight.

Deb Heron and I hosted the Corsets and Cigars event, and this was a truly fabulous outing, especially when the core Burners dropped by for a bit of play. Deb's choreo was dead on point for the glamorous crowd, and people seemed to enjoy those sultry sexy-burlesquey tunes. I had such a great time, I hope we do it again next year!

At 8pm we hosted Guerilla Burlesque in a mini-show that was short and very intense. New work from Aubreya Joszpe and Cordelia Cerise, plus much loved acts from Chewie Quixote and Zahra Ethaniel

The final program for the night was the steampunk-themed belly dance show. Directed by Cyllene Dembo, and featuring luscious performances from Deb Heron, Zahra Ethaniel (with Gamma Inifinity and Shesa Quandry), Maar Vollous, Maeve Branner and Cyllene herself, the soundtrack was carefully curated by Rebecca Dembo/ The sets were rich and intriguing and as someone who has never really caught the belly dance virus, I was riveted.  I look forward to the rest of the weeks belly events with great interest.

Photos from today's events can be found on the Idle Rogue Facebook page.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday October 18th at Burn 2 Camp Roguery

After a stunning opening night in which the sim reached capacity twice, it's time to settle into the rhythm of Camp Roguery with a guide to what you can expect from the events at camp today.

At 3pm, Cordelia Cerise presents the first of her "Dance Interactive" sessions. These are enormous fun, not least because Cordie runs them at her own venue, Whymsee, so she's a skilled hand at bringing together dances, props and fun. You arrive on site, pick up the goodies and sit on a prim, and let Cordie turn you into an accomplished dancer!

From 5pm, chry and Deb will be running a party event, Corsets and Cigars. Corsets, because we know how much you all love an excuse to go burly, and cigars because we want the boys to feel just as loved. Slip into your slinky burlesque best and join us in the glittering ballroom at Camp Roguery. Chry's playing burly songs, retro songs and sexy songs to keep you amused while you sashay around the room.

At 8pm Guerilla Burlesque return with another Variety Revue. Tonight directed by Chewie Quixote, this revue will feature beloved dance acts from one of the premier dance entertainment troupes in Second Life. Then stay on and enjoy the ambience as we prepare for the first of our Pit Shows, premiering at 10:00pm.

Directed by Cyllene Dembo, the Pit Shows are an exploration of the various sub-genres of bellydance. Our first adventure is steampunk themed, and as usual at any Idle Rogue event, you are encouraged to dress in theme and enjoy the fun in the most immersive way. The Pit Shows have been together with Cyllene's customary elegance and grace, and you can expect to be both soothed and seduced by the performances planned for this week.

If you missed the opening show - Carnival Of Mirrors, don't be distressed, we are doing it again on Saturday 24th October with some slight changes to the lineup. This show was directed by Zahra Ethaniel and features dance entertainment acts in the Carnival theme, including a jaw-dropping group routine that depicts the transient glamour that is carnival life.

You can find photos from Camp Roguery Opening Night on Aerlon's Flickr page or on Facebook at the GB@Burn2 photo album attached to the Guerilla Burlesque profile page

ETA: Monavie Voigt took some photos from Carnival of Mirrors and published them in Showtime Magazine.