Coveilance Dance Project is a group of mad scientists who research the principal theorem that the traditional art of Belly Dance can be bonded with various costuming, music, and other dance forms to create a hypnotic and sensual super art form. Headquartered in the Delaware Valley, the project utilizes a variety of materials from cultures all over the world for extensive experimentation. This year they experiment with the fusion of “old school” belly dance and steampunk cabaret.
Sometimes, the Coveilance Dance Project swashbuckles!
Lilith Lore is a storyteller, burlesque dancer and much, much more. For starters, she’s probably at least a little crazy. Hospital records and rational thinking will tell you that she’s not the Lilith of legend… But just try getting her to admit to that. In addition to spinning tales magic and mischief, Lilith has prepared a special discussion on the history of oral storytelling and fairy tales, with a particular emphasis on their popularity in Victorian England. In addition to her original stories, she may also be telling her all-time favorite fairy tale, as originally told by Mr. Oscar Wilde. Above and beyond storytelling, Ms. Lore will be hosting a workshop on being a human statue. Ever wished you could make money just standing around? This is the event to attend! Lilith will cover costuming, choosing the best busking locations, and, of course, standing very still.
Gather ’round for Lilith Lore‘s wickedly salacious retelling of classic stories from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault. Be prepared to see your favorite fairy tale heroes and heroines in a whole new light once you’ve heard her take on wolves, witches and, of course, poison apples.
In addition to her original twisted tales, join Lilith for a brief discussion on the popularity and meaning of original fairy tales in Victorian England, as well as a recitation of Lilith’s all time favorite fairy tale, written by none other than Oscar Wilde.
Susan de Guardiola is a social dance historian and teacher who researches and teaches vernacular social dance from the 16th to the 20th centuries in between teaching workshops across the United States and running Victorian balls. She reviews F&SF, historical and paranormal romance, and historical fiction for Publishers Weekly and blogs about dance history at Capering and Kickery and historical fancy dress (masquerade) costumes.
A newcomer to World’s Fair, Samara began bellydancing in the summer of 2006 and has never looked back. She blends her strong tribal background with a rich fusion of folkloric and gothic bellydance, hip-hop, breakdance, flamenco, classical and modern Indian dance, West African dance, steampunk aesthetics and sensuous musicality. In addition to studying and dancing with teachers Neylan and Tempest in Providence RI, Samara teaches the occasional class of her own. Also in 2006 she launched her professional living statue career, quickly becoming a regular sight at the Waterfire festival in Providence. Since then she has been spotted as a variety of enchantingly immobile characters at a broad range of events all over New England, both independently and as a performer for Ten31 Productions, a worldwide leader in living art installations. In what free time she has left she is earning a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education.
Brigid Ashwood‘s art could be described as Contemporary Figurative Mythic Surrealism. But the artist prefers to describe her work this way: “I paint steampunk bugs, clockwork dolls, fairytales & vinyl toys. I seek to reinterpret mythic and fairytale worlds and heroines for a modern audience.” A contemporary artist exploring classic themes through a Sci-Fi lens, Brigid’s influences and technique is well rooted in traditional mediums such as oil paint and silverpoint. She also works in the luminous tones of the digital palette; merging the labored craft of portraiture with the flexibility of modern mediums. Brigid’s work is known globally and has been featured in exhibits around the country as well in books and international magazines. Her originals are collected by notable authors, musicians, actors and CEOs. Brigid’s images have been licensed for a variety of products sold worldwide. She resides in Maryland in a 246 year old house with her husband & daughter, and four aggravating yet lovable pets. In her spare time she writes for GeekMom.com and haunts Twitter under the handle Skwerlgrrl.
New Jersey’s favorite burlesque society, the White Elephant Burlesque Society, returns to the World’s Fair with gears galore and collaborates with Cosplay Burlesque! WE intends to repeat last year’s success with Cosplay Burlesque and pack the audience to standing room only again! WEBS, headlined by Viktor Devonne and Femme Fae La Butche, are a staple of the Wicked Faire community and are amongst its longest running participants; and have been notable ecdysiasts for fetish, subculture, and cabaret events in NJ, NYC, Upstate NY, and Philadelphia areas since 2006. Cosplay Burlesque was founded in early 2008 by Victoria Belmont who saw the need for conventions to offer their adult patrons the pageantry of cosplaying and the spectacle that is burlesque.
No steampunk show would be complete without Dr. Grymm’s Laboratories! The Laboratories’ proprietors are coming to us from Connecticut, US: Dr. Grymm’s alter ego, Joey Marsocci, and his business partner and wife Allison DeBlasio. Grymm’s custom contraptions and sculptures have been seen in Steampunk exhibits, films, television, theater productions, and publications around the world. Most recently, Dr. Grymm, known for his Victrola “Eye-Pod” (a modded iPod) and his Brainstorm Machines, exhibited at the Oxford University History of Science Museum Steampunk Exhibit in 2010, and is also a featured artist at The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas in 2011. Annually, Dr. Grymm hosts and curates an International art exhibit, “The Steampunk Bizarre”, which is the subject of the Documentary Film “I AM STEAMPUNK”, by Neurotic Films. Visit the official websites at: www.drgrymmlaboratories.net and www.drgrymmlaboratories.com OR Learn more about the Steampunk Bizarre Exhibit at steampunkbizarre2010.blogspot.com/