3rd Annual ASIAN BURLESQUE SPECTACULAR Set for 5/30 at DROM
Following the huge success of their second event, Calamity Chang (NYCs very own "Asian Sexsation!" www.CalamityChang.com), Sukki Singapora ("The World's First Burlesque Performer from Singapore") and Jen (Thirsty Girl) Gapay (one of the "Biggest producers in Burlesque" www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com) are reuniting for their third annual installment of THE ASIAN BURLESQUE SPECTACULAR. The event, which is the biggest Asian burlesque show ever held, will feature a host of international talent from New York to Singapore, promising an exciting new line up in homage to the Asian legends and icons of Burlesque.
Hosted by Notorious downtown drag superstar, Sweetie, this fabulous line up features: The Durian Gray of Burlesque Dame Cuchifritta (NYC), Everyone's Favorite Dish!, Chow Mein (Toronto), Crushing cities, breaking hearts; The Godzilla of Burlesque, The Nikita Bitch Project! (LA), The burning lotus, Kaoru (NYC), The Girl that Puts the ASS in Tassels!, Violetta Berretta (Hawaii), Circus, burlesque, aerial artist meets sword swallower, Aurora Starr (UK), Always a Happy ending with Kimchichi (NYC), The world's first burlesque performer from Singapore, Sukki Singapora (UK), and The Asian Sexsation, Calamity Chang (NYC)!
GA $20 adv, $25 at the door / VIP $35 adv, $40 at the door / 7pm Doors, 8pm Show / at DROM, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th St), New York, NY 10009. For more info, go to 212-777-1157 or visit www.dromNYC.co.
Calamity Chang is "The Asian Sexsation" sweeping the nation! Huffington Post named her as one of the "20 Burlesque Stars to Know" and NYC nightlife impresario Michael Musto called her "feistly fun". Time Out NY calls her the "tattooed vixen of the downtown striptease scene" for this "sex-sation also produces two weekly shows and three monthly shows in NYC. She made her film appearance in 2011's NC-17 film "Shame" in the infamous threesome scene as "Late Night Lover #1" opposite Michael Fassbender who she described as the "perfect gentleman with intense eyes". Although celluloid may love Calamity, her first true love is the stage and entertaining live audiences in the art form of striptease.
"Sukki Singapora is the World's first burlesque performer from Singapore." This year she finally won a 4 year campaign to legalise burlesque in Singapore, becoming the first Singaporean woman to legally perform burlesque in Singaporean history. With her unique acts, stunning Swarovski-encrusted costumes and both sass and grace on stage she is pure and unrefined class. An Asian burlesque heavyweight, and mother of The Singapore Burlesque Society as well as co-producer of the Asian Burlesque Spectacular, her talent has led her from Tokyo to Buckingham Palace by Royal appointment. She is a formidable force of glamour and feminism."
Jen Gapay is the mastermind behind Thirsty Girl Productions, an alias that serves her well as the producer of hundreds of music, burlesque and variety shows. Voted the #1 Most Influential Non-Performing Woman in Burlesque by 21st Century Burlesque in 2013 & 2014, Gapay started The New York Burlesque Festival in 2003 (with Angie Pontani) and The New York Boylesque Festival (with Daniel Nardicio) in 2012. Both festivals are multi-day, multi-venue events featuring a cavalcade of international performers showcasing for sold out crowds.
Thirsty Girl Productions debuted in 1997 with Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party, an annual rock-and-roll carnival that continues to this day. After moving to New York, Gapay was Promotions Director at Village Voice, where she created and produced Siren Music Festival at Coney Island, a blockbuster event that drew record crowds in its first two years. She was also the Special Events Director of Astroland Amusement Park from 2003-2008, and currently produces special events for Deno's Wonder Wheel Park.
In 2010, Thirsty Girl founded and produced The Coney Island Talent Show, now in its fourth year. She is also the Associate Producer of the PBS-aired documentary Last Summer at Coney Island, and has organized benefits for Coney Island USA, The Coney Island History Project and Save Coney Island.
Gapay was Artistic Director for 2006's The Dresden Dolls, Fuck the Back Row Tour, and talent coordinator for several tours in the USA, Europe and Australia. In the summer of 2008, she teamed up with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls to co-produce The Establishment: A New World Cabaret Experience at the Rothbury Music Festival in Michigan. That same year Gapay & Sxip Shirey produced Sxip's Hour of Charm at Harvard's American Repertory Theater Company.
Thirsty Girl also co-produces annual shows, Menorah Horah and The Asian Burlesque Spectacular, weekly show, The Midnight Cabaret and is the producer of the touring variety show Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque. www.thirstygirlproductions.com
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