I’m giving this post another five minutes, then it’s off to the beach for one last roast. Miami beach is sunny and stupid and completely perfect. Reminds me of so many of my exes. I’m heading home to BBurg tonight, hopefully in time for the People Get Ready, Rich Aucoin, Landlady, Raccoon Fighter show at Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Avenue). Alas, I may be stuck in the sun until too late. Nightclub science has brought me to Miami Beach. An ABSOLUT Miami-sponsored event focuses on the hows, whats, whys, and whos of the Miami Beach club scene, sometimes even dabbling in the whens. I’m going to talk about this tomorrow or Friday when I have more time. Controlling different parts of an evening is an experienced operators approach to night club programming. If they’re coming to you late, you are real hot, but you wont have enough time to make money. Controlling the middle of the night is a good start as that is where the most loot lies. Early is often the easiest to establish as events, and sometimes dinners can be used to consistently bring in an early crowd. Hotel Chantelle has been slammed on Thursdays with Miss Guy, Lily of the Valley, me, and Carol Shark DJing. Now, the promo department is adding Angela Harriell’s "The Love Show: Sex Magic" to the early slot. By all accounts this sexy cabaret, ballet, magic fest will bring all the boys to the bar – and hot gals as well. I asked Angela to tell us all about it.
Tell me about the show’s history and what the public can expect to see.
The Love Show started up about eight years ago as a modern dance show with a little edge. Our very first performance was on an amateur burlesque night at LUXX in Williamsburg (now The Trash Bar). We did a number to Peggy Lee’s "Do Right." We still do that number occasionally, from time to time. Since then, the show has evolved to be everything from kid-friendly to naughty-naughty. We do all styles of dance that feature an eclectic range of music; we do dirty-downtown- theater-dance and swank-glam-champagne stuff. When you see The Love Show, you can expect to see beautiful girls and guys doing excellent dances in fab costumes. What I think you don’t expect is just how funny and theatrical it is. I love a good slow motion fight scene as much as the next gal. I think we surprise people with how developed and detailed the humor and wit is, and we do it all with sexy style. At Hotel Chantelle, you can also expect to be amazed and amused by our charismatic and talented magician/host: The Great Dubini.
How did a nice girl like you end up doing this?
When I moved to New York, I knew I wanted to dance. I was brought up with rigorous ballet training (my mother was a ballerina and now a ballet teacher), and I took a real shine to choreography in college. I started auditioning when I got here and was getting discouraged with my inability to get onstage with say, Paul Taylor. And one night (about 8 or 9 years ago), I saw Julie Atlas Muz perform at Galapagos in Williamsburg. It blew my mind. A self-made performer, making the rules for herself, getting to dance and create her own movement and image and, more than anything, move and captivate people while doing her own thing. I decided to start a dance troupe, and that was the beginning.
Where are you going with this? Are you a future TV star? Broadway? Vegas? … What’s the plan?
I am trying to bring The Love Show to the point of being a self-sustaining company, with full performances each season (right now, we have one full-length seasonal show ("Nutcracker: Rated R"), while also continuing to branch out with our private party/corporate work. There are so many goals! I’d really like to travel with the company more, and it would be amazing one day to have our own home base to rehearse in, give class, and do small shows. We occasionally work with The House of Yes, and I’m very inspired by their home. They really give back to the artist community. In the end, the goal is always the same: to do what you love while getting paid.
What’s a day in the life like? And what goes into preparing for a show like this?
A day in the life involves sitting for hours at the computer, trying to book shows, reach out, do follow-ups, create set lists, email about rehearsals, book rehearsal space, etc. Outside of the necessary busy work is the rehearsal part: creating new numbers or reviewing existing numbers. This part is a lot of fun. The majority of my dancers have been performing in the show for anywhere from two to seven years. We are so close, and very much like a family. It’s one of the best things about having your own company; you get to choose the people you work with.
What attracted you to Hotel Chanelle?
When we prepare for the show, we try to make it a different show every time, and really fit it to the theme or venue. I put a set list together, email the troops, get everyone’s schedules, book rehearsal space, rehearse the show, pack the costumes, go to the venue, put on a show! I have a partner who handles putting our press out for me (David F. Slone, Esq., who hosts some of our shows and is also a creative partner), and he takes care of that end for me. What attracted me to Hotel Chantelle was the slick rock vibe and the challenge of putting a show on in a space that is not necessarily a performance space. We are really going to set the show to make it feel like a very intimate and involved experience for the crowd. We love to love and are thrilled to be loving on people all up-close and personal. The space is very cool and we’re excited to put a little passion in people’s pants!