Water is my favourite and most relatable element - I adore the calming sounds of dripping, splashing, running water - and “Waterfall” honours this beautiful and dynamic substance. A short minimalist non-strip silk veil tease expressing my love for the simplicity and elegance of water.
Secretly inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out Of Space” this act poses the hypothetical question: if a near-imperceptible and arguably sentient extraterrestrial colour defying all description (that twists and mutates nature to its unknowable will, driving all living things in communion with it to madness and death).. if “those hectic and prismatic variants of some diseased, underlying primary tone without a place among the known tints of earth” were to do a fan dance, what would it look like?
Two friends, intrepid interstellar explorers, blast off in their ship made of impossible shifting geometry, to explore the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Their relationship becomes strained, and their vessel isn't the only thing damaged by the dangers they encounter in the deep void of space. Developed with Clare Voyeur for April O'Peel Productions' Burlesque Duos show.
Faye's first collaborative/duo act, featuring a special (incognito) appearance by Donna Boss Rogers. A high-stepping pantomime horse is actually a sassy centaur in disguise.. or is it? This number challenges audience expectations, incorporates loud and uncomfortable moments of theatre and physical comedy, and bucks the boundaries of the typical burlesque routine. Awarded “Most Comedic” at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender’s 2019 Tournament of Tease.
A high-energy classic act with all the fixings: a glamorous gown, decadent boa, glittering jewelry, flying fringe, bumps, grinds, tassel-twirling, and plenty of attitude! A tribute to the down 'n' dirty legends of yesteryear who mastered both the elegance of parading and posing as well as the salaciousness of thrusting and shimmying.
What began as an idea for an instrumental dance number dripping with strands of crystal blue beads eventually became a tribute to Lapis Lazuli, a character from the animated series Steven Universe. Lapis is imprisoned for millennia, far from home, until she is freed by the eponymous hero. Her thirst for revenge against her captors, combined with her otherworldly hydrokinetic powers, unleashes a destructive force that only she can tame: by choosing to forsake her identity, and to lock herself away again in a prison of her own making.
Your Romantic/Victorian-gothic dreamgirl; she possesses every dark, mysterious, overdramatic quality Faye ever aspired to as a goth teenager. The heartbreak in this piece is literal, as many parts of the costume are removed via the breaking-apart and discarding of red heart-shaped costume elements and props. Dark Faye also quite literally wears her heart on her sleeve: it's all about performative sadness, and the perverse joys and inevitable consequences of giving your heart away.
Inspired by early 20th-century mysticism, Western esotericism, cabaret, and the Golden Age of burlesque itself. A dark initiate's cloak is shed to reveal one of Faye's most dazzling costume creations, entirely gold and as laden with numerological and representational symbolism as it is with hand-beaded fringe, rhinestones, and tassels. There are plenty of nods to the iconic pieces and processes used in early-to-mid-century burlesque costuming throughout, with a focus on classic poses and movements, audience interaction, and dazzling vintage glamour.
How does a fancy showgirl cool off a cup of her favourite tea? With a pair of ostrich feather fans, of course! A cheeky irreverent slow-burn, this unusual comedic fan dance is a means to an end. She may get all hot and bothered, but eventually our heroine finds just the right temperature - and reaches just the right state of undress - so she can finally enjoy her perfect cup of tea. Originally created for the Loose Leaf Teasers' Tea & Tease production at the Neverland Tea Salon in Vancouver BC, it's an absurdist story of triumph over temperature.
Aviatrix is a tribute to the female pilots of the 1920s and '30s. Brave, smart, capable, adventurous women who broke boundaries and set world records in the early days of aviation, they embodied the spirit of feminism long before the revolution that was to happen decades later. Most of these flying legends remain largely unknown, but their defiance of gender roles and their unladylike pursuit of flight (much like our burlesque foremothers' unladylike pursuit of stripping) remains an inspiration to this day. As Bessie Coleman said: "I refused to take no for an answer."
A dilettante ingénue takes the stage, only to have her act derailed by a mysterious gift: a bigger, thicker, longer boa! This seems to be an improvement at first, but the boa has its own ideas about how the act should progress. Using puppetry, physical comedy, fight choreography, and a central metaphor that becomes more and more disturbing the longer you think about it, Big Boa won "Most Innovative" at the Edmonton Burlesque Festival's Bunny Competition, and was selected to compete for Best Debut at the 2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender.
Faye's first burlesque number, and one that's become and remained a signature act. In this genderbent strip-reverse-strip, a disgruntled peahen trades her dull brown plumage for the bright colours and impressive tail of the male of her species. A funny and heartwarming tale of self-discovery that proves you "always should be someone you really love."