All That Jazz: Portland Burlesque “Flash Mob” Creators Inspired by BurlyCon 2010
-by Rayleen Courtney (Portland)
At 2pm on Saturday, January 15th at Oregon’s largest mall, droves of shoppers were delightfully taken aback when a group of burlesquers unleashed a special brand of unified fierceness by way of a Flash Mob.
The family friendly Flash Mob at Lloyd Center was choreographed by one of Portland burlesque’s leading ladies, Angelique DeVil. After Miss DeVil and a cohort took part in Dance Belt’s phenomenal Lady Gaga-themed Flash Mob in Seattle at BurlyCon 2010, they returned home inspired to create something similar in their own city. Upon their realization of this goal, ‘Beautiful Random Acts of Entertainment’ (or B-RAE) was born.
Says Angelique: “Our goal for our audience is to give them the gift of spontaneous entertainment, to break up the monotony of expectation and for them to experience what it would be like if musicals happened off-stage and in real life.”
Along with some participation from avid supporters of the burlycue community, B-RAE was ecstatic to have the following PDX burlesque performers take part: Russell Bruner, Pink Lady, Sophie Maltease, Karolina, Zora Phoenix, Mona DePlume, and The Infamous Nina Nightshade.
As it is not publicly known where or when B-RAE may strike with its sophomore project, Portlanders are advised to be on the look out!