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Professional Dreamer - Chicago Burlesque Dancer Red Hot Annie Weinert
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Red Hot Annie / Ann Marie Weinert
Date: 2012-03-21 08:59
Subject: Professional Dreamer
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There's no way I can cover all of the things that happened this weekend, so I'll touch on so of my favorite highlights.

I got to see my beautiful niece!

I did a new trick in aerial class!

Jeezy's Juke Joint was a no-holds-barred success. Arguably the best show I've ever seen in Chicago, and certainly within the top 3! Perle Noire was electric, but the cast was totally made up of excellent performances.

I made it into Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in June. For those of you who don't know what this is: http://burlesquehall.com - it's the single largest burlesque event in the world - the Mecca of Burlesque - many performers make a yearly pilgrimage to watch the legends perform, as well as watch the industry's best performers compete for titles. Not only am I performing, but Jeez Loueez also made it in with her duet with Ray Gunn!

It truly is a banner year for Vaudezilla!

I got to hang out with the lovely and well-educated Chicava Honeychild (http://browngirlsburlesque.com/) all weekend, which turned out to be a perfect match, since we're both the kinds of folks who like to analyize the inner workings of the burlesque "business" model. Such great conversations!

The rest of the month promises to be very quiet, and I have to admit I'm really grateful for it - getting into BHOF as thrown a proverbial wrench in my budgeting for travel this year. You see, I didn't think I had a shot in hell to get into London or BHOF, so I applied to a bunch of other festivals, too - all of which are coming back with "yes"...

Momma did not anticipate all this travel!

So I'm spending much of April/May out of town, and I still have a trip to Montreal for my good friend's wedding later this year, plus I'm doing a lot of new work for Windy City Burlesque Fest (organizing sponsors & hospitality), and we're planning on remounting Big Lebowski Burlesque...

Plus our regular monthly theatre shows, which are developing into their own peices of art. I'm so proud to be part of really special shows in Chicago, but putting together cohesive shows with curated, polished acts is a lot of work. It's the reason why you're far more likely to see "every man for himself" type cabaret/bar shows or "anyone can do burlesque" novice shows in Chicago than thoughtful, professional works.

And it's also why you can't charge $30 or $40 for a ticket...YET! (Not unreasonable...if the people attending know they are in for professional-level quality!) It is my goal to have the highest price ticket (and best pay) in Chicago (while still selling out at full price, no groupons) by the end of the year.

I don't see the performers in Vaudezilla as hobbyists! (Duh!)

My vision for Vaudezilla is as a group of performers who work together to create really thoughtful, boutique shows that speak to the heart of my performers first - thereby giving them a reason to express and create something special and exhilarating that our audience craves. So much more than a cheap thrill, my vision is of Vaudezilla as a kind of "Cirque" of Chicago burlesque. Unique, clever, full of diverse talent, and visually stunning.

Anyways, that's what I'm thinking about this morning!

Hope y'all have a lovely day!

xo

Annie
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