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Keep up to date with what is going on at Flazeda Hub Belconnen, and hear what our guests have to say from inside our events!

Interview with a Stage Daddy: Miss Cherrybomb (a.k.a. Cherry)


What is a stage daddy?

Well, to understand what a Stage Daddy is, you really need to understand the whole stage ecosystem.
You’ve probably heard of Stage Kittens, they’re the seldom heard from, sweetly done up folks who tip toe quietly around stages in search of pasties and panties gone flying. They survive on a healthy diet of finger snaps and literal cat calls from the audience. Clock them by their all black ensemble, and occasional kitty ears adorning their heads.
Then there’s the Stage Hand, and the name really outlines their qualification as being quite handy. Useful to keep around for larger props, you’ll find them at the end of the night during bump out, they’re always the first person to start stacking chairs.
Next is the Stage Manager, and you can identify a Stage Manager in the wild by observing their desperate hold on their clipboard, and a frequent twitch of their wrist carrying their all important watch, making sure the show is running in order and on time - and by god it always does. Again, you’ll seldom hear from them in the context of any show unless you’re on cams.
Most anyone with enough training can become a stage Kitty, Hand or Manager.

Finally we come finally to Stage Daddy; Stage Daddy is a way of life, it’s a vibe. No one ever puts baby in the corner, and the same stands for Stage Daddy. Stage Daddy is a part of the show; Stage Daddy never skulks around a stage meek and quiet, nor do they watch the clock. Stage Daddy holds presence, the show runs when Stage Daddy says it runs. From the moment they enter the venue, to the minute they leave Stage Daddy is the point person for all performers, venue staff and a reliable aid for the Producer to lean on and trust to make all of the nitty gritty parts of show run, and run seamlessly. All while wearing the most bitching, impractical outfit you’ve ever seen.


Where do you stage daddy?

You’ll catch me Stage Daddying at Flazéda, and most shows produced by Jazida Productions. But you may also catch me Daddying at my day job, because frankly, someone needs to keep the wheels turning.

What’s your most memorable stage daddy experience?

My most memorable Daddy moment was absolutely, hands down from the Flazéda Fundraiser event in 2020, where we were fortunate enough to have Monica Trapaga (icon for so many reasons, but specifically for her work on Playschool!) Emcee the show. We were still deep in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions, and Monica’s initial plan to walk through the audience during a number she was performing was foiled during tech. Vetoed by our COVID-19 safe plan, and the venue. During the adrenaline and joy of the show, Monica got caught up in the moment and performed her number walking sexily through the crowd. Once her number ended and she was back on stage she remembered that she wasn’t supposed to do so, and as Stage Daddy I had no option other than to tell her off. How did Stage Daddy tell her off? On stage, in front of the entire audience, bending her over, having her grab her ankles and spanking her with her own clipboard. Best moment ever.

Favourite thing you’ve seen behind the scenes?

There are so many incredible behind the scenes moments, but the one that comes to mind is when Chris from Captivitae Photography was running from operating the streaming equipment backstage at Flazéda to the stage to take photos of an act, his shirt caught the door handle and ripped every button off his shirt and left him looking like the photography equivalent of Superman getting changed in a telephone booth. Hilarious!

What makes a performer good to work with from a daddy-perspective?

It is so important for all acts, but particularly acts with a prop element to know what shenanigans the performer intends to get up to on stage and what are the things that could go wrong. I take it upon myself to make sure I have a conversation with every performer before every show, regardless of how many times I’ve worked with them, to make sure I’m across their props, placement and pressure points. For danger acts, what is the safety plan, what are the things that go wrong, and what is my role in helping should things go wrong. For messy acts, if a performer doesn’t come prepared with the right equipment for me to clean up after the act, and relies on the venue providing tidy up equipment you can bet Stage Daddy is going to be grumpy, and the audience is going to know about it. Performers who have every possible outcome covered, are open with their needs and do the work to make sure they’re safe, the audience is safe and their fellow performers will be able to hit the stage safely after them make Stage Daddy happy.

What’s the daddy-performer power balance? Who’s in charge (who’s the top)?

Just like sex, there are many conversations about consent that happen between performers and Stage Daddy, because why? CONSENT IS SEXY. Dynamics are discussed well before the lights go up, and the doors open to the audience. No one ever wants to be blind-sided on stage or made to feel less than their full fantasy, so there is a rolling dialogue between to discuss things that are fun to highlight and things that are not okay to joke about. Also like sex, after care is important - so this conversation extends after the show to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable with the power balance. Daddy wants you to enjoy the whole experience!

Top ten things you keep in your stage daddy toolkit in case of emergencies?

Well, I officially have a Stage Daddy tool box filled with everything anyone could ever need for any conceivable emergency thanks to my incredible Flazé-Fam. But my essentials are:

⁃ 2x redbulls (no one likes an under-caffeinated Stage Daddy)

⁃ A large bottle of water (no one likes a dehydrated Stage Daddy, see above “Redbull”)

⁃ Bandaids

⁃ Power bank with multiple charging cables for many phones

⁃ A sharpie

⁃ A bangle of gaff

⁃ Hairspray/Bobby pins

⁃ A dramatic, oversized handheld fan (to thwoorp at appropriate intervals, and because Stage Daddy gets hot)

⁃ My Flazéda pronoun badge

⁃ a DJ air horn hotkey at the ready


Tips for becoming a daddy-of-the-future?

There are not nearly enough Stage Daddies in the world, so if you want to become a Stage Daddy, you’ve just got to get out there and do it. Come along to a show, have a chat or shoot myself or the Flazéda page a message, and we can get you on your Stage Daddy journey!

Posted 1 week ago

Burlseque Brunch: Down the Rabbit Hole

Article by Artemis Seven, photography by Daniel Evans

If you’re going to go down the rabbit hole, there’s no better time than 11am on a Sunday. Time may just be a construct, but so is brunch, and the last time I got a side of boob with the concept of linear time I was too young to know a darker time was coming.

Burlesque Brunch answers the existential question:

“I suppose I ought to eat or drink something or other; but the great question is ‘What?’( —Chapter 4, The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill) & with a mimosa or OJ on arrival, a delicious High Tea courtesy of Capital Roast and a range of entertainment from performances to games -you will be free of that choice. As someone who panics and invariably parks across two spots if there’s more than one car spot available (don’t worry, I fix it you sneaky narc) I appreciate a beautiful display of High Tea sweets on each table, and distractions on stage for me to weasel away 6 of the same one when no one is looking.
PS. Dietary requirements can be allocated for!


Let me speak to you about the food - an arguably vital part of brunch. The selection of sweet treats appeared straight out of a Wonderland garden party . Macarons are a crowd favourite, but my favourite was the tiny cheesecakes. Perhaps miniature cheesecakes are normal high tea fare but I chose to imagine I was Alice having made the mistake of growing too large just before a dinner party.

Let me give you another pro social tip - nestled in Flazeda Hub, it’s the perfect outing to mix your extroverted & introverted mates - whether you’re looking forward to your conversation being interrupted by dancing or your dancing being interrupted by conversation - you will get your wish. There are no losers at Burlesque Brunch - just winners suddenly assailed by glitz, glamour, flesh and absurdity. Plus, there’s a feather tree in the corner so you’re guaranteed to leave with a set of selfies that say “I’m busier being less busy than you”, which is the ultimate flex in these trying times.

It’s also a perfect opportunity to invite your burlesque-virgin mate or family member with optimal time to coach them in between acts. There’s bingo, song snippet games, trivia - and if you find it awakens something within you there’s a full roster of dance classes right there at Flazeda Hub. It’s time to convert your Grandma into a Grandmilf, and Flazeda can help you*

And of course whether you like your poison poisonous or virginal, Bastian behind the bar knows how to whip up the kind of drink that had me internally screaming like Rebelle’s Red Queen “DWINK DWINK”. Instead, I went for a gin and tonic which I requested as an “angry drunk water” because I am a brat who routinely replaces vocabulary in my own head to feel a sense of power (I’m too shy to jaywalk, so I need this power trip). Bastian understood my request, which is a testament once again to their Bar Butch glory.

Now, let us discuss the acts -

CHESHIRE CAT

Rebelle Velveteen began as Alice - bouncy and cute and adorable and surrounded in a halo of blonde curls, and giving in to a giant piece of cake, the 2nd thing on the stage screaming “Eat me”. Transforming into the Cheshire cat upon snacking, she had us all on board for a day of brunching in Wonderland. Cheeky and enlivening, it was the perfect start to the day and made us all weirdly attracted to the Cheshire cat.


TIME FOR TEA

As is customary at a Burlesque Brunch, tea was spilled, from a giant teabag onto Jazida herself. Frankly, we all could’ve used a shower after watching Jazida balance a full cup of tea - ON HER HEAD- all while remaining entirely graceful. It was a bitter pill to swallow as someone who manages to spill any hot beverage placed in my hands but if a bitter pill comes with a side of tassel twirling I’ll take it no questions asked. Bonus backstage moment - Jazida did not have a towel backstage and so ended up tea-staining a white sheet to get dry like some kind of dramatic Grecian goddess.


THE MARCH HARE

Then it was my turn - The March Hare. The March Hare knows how to brunch, as evidenced by their philosophy of setting the bar low and setting your indulgence levels high :

“"Take some more tea,“ the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. "I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.” “You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “It’s very easy to take more than nothing.” — (1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, ch.7)

And take more than nothing I did, stealing away a plate of treats during my act as an “offering” to the March Hare, unofficial brunch deity. My thievery aside - with a trap remix, scythe arms and a hare’s head that steals your soul through it’s eyeballs - it was an important reminder that brunch is SERIOUS BUSINESS.


LYRA

Jazida then took us through the rabbit hole itself, curling around the lyra hoop like her body had forgotten to adhere to the rules of normal human limitations. If you’ve always wished you could have brunch with your therapist, and perhaps that your therapist did slightly more body hypnosis therapy (Look into my LINES, they’d say, turning into a spiral) I’d say this is a pretty good substitute. Do you have any idea how good it feels to freely chow down on brunch while watching someone doing the ab equivalent of a marathon??? Given that Jazida’s brand new solo show Exotic Hynotica comes out FEB (CHECK DATES) I find myself SUSPICIOUS of this act. So suspicious I must watch the recording on repeat.

RED QUEEN

The Red queen famously claimed “It is better to be feared than loved”, but Rebelle’s Red queen never has to choose. Dripping in rhinestoned red, we were gasping at the beauty, long limbs and curves like the stripes of danger on a snake - and then gasping at her effortless recline on a BED OF NAILS. Rebelle’s red queen was so natural I found myself side-eyeing her backstage later. Was she going to shank us with a hair pin? Drink our blood? And would I say “Thankyou” or “Thanks your highness” when she did? I have survived but I do feel like a little bitch any time I sit on a normal chair now.

To wrap the festivities, a Very Merry Unbirthday was had with surprises for each guest and sadly, I had to leave the brilliantly lit and sound-scaped Hub (shoutout to Cherry Bomb who never misses the perfect sound effect).

The whole team at Flazeda Hub is glorious and a testament to owner Jazida’s efforts to create a creative hub that invites everyone to be their most decadent, debaucherous self.

If that sounds good to you - Burlesque Brunch is returning on Sunday the 23rd of January - with a Rocky Horror theme.
Tickets are available now on the Flazeda Hub webstore, so make sure you get your mates together for next-level daytime debauchery.

*Not an official slogan, but I am campaigning every day.

Posted 5 weeks ago
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Decadence
and Debauchery to make a (digital) splash at SpringOUT 2021



</b></h2><br/>Brought to you by Jazida Productions – winner of Canberra
Local Business Awards for Outstanding Performing Arts, 2020 – <i>Decadence and Debauchery</i>
is back in November to deliver a delicious digital celebration for SpringOUT
2021, showcasing an incredible line-up of performers. <br/>
The iconic Canberran burlesque variety show is a full of top shelf performers
to deliver a decadent night of debaucherous behaviour, this time just in the
comfort of our own homes. <p><i>Decadence and Debauchery</i>  will return during Canberra’s own Pride
celebrations during November, in a digital format allowing attendees to participate
online while enjoying pre-recorded performances by some of the most salacious performers
on the Jazida Productions roster – Artemis Seven, Fabulous Fan Dancers, Hula
Hoop Hotshots, and Jazida – alongside incredible interstate performers Malcom XY,
Kween Kong (SA) and Miss Cairo (VIC).</p><p>Utilising the model of the highly successful <i>Get Down in
Lockdown</i> Zoom shows produced by Flazeda Hub, <i>Decadence and Debauchery</i>
will be facilitated behind the scenes in a way that unites the entire
production to the exceptional quality Jazida Productions is notorious for, while
also being presented by a live MC on the night to provide that high octane energy
audiences have come to know and love. </p><p>Tickets available online at<br/><a href="https://www.flazedahub.com/Shop.php#!/Decadence-and-Debauchery-PRIDE-edition/p/406226209/category=0">www.flazedahub.com/Shop.php#!/Decadence-and-Debauchery-PRIDE-edition/p/406226209/category=0</a><br/></p>

Decadence and Debauchery to make a (digital) splash at SpringOUT 2021


Brought to you by Jazida Productions – winner of Canberra Local Business Awards for Outstanding Performing Arts, 2020 – Decadence and Debauchery is back in November to deliver a delicious digital celebration for SpringOUT 2021, showcasing an incredible line-up of performers.
The iconic Canberran burlesque variety show is a full of top shelf performers to deliver a decadent night of debaucherous behaviour, this time just in the comfort of our own homes.

Decadence and Debauchery  will return during Canberra’s own Pride celebrations during November, in a digital format allowing attendees to participate online while enjoying pre-recorded performances by some of the most salacious performers on the Jazida Productions roster – Artemis Seven, Fabulous Fan Dancers, Hula Hoop Hotshots, and Jazida – alongside incredible interstate performers Malcom XY, Kween Kong (SA) and Miss Cairo (VIC).

Utilising the model of the highly successful Get Down in Lockdown Zoom shows produced by Flazeda Hub, Decadence and Debauchery will be facilitated behind the scenes in a way that unites the entire production to the exceptional quality Jazida Productions is notorious for, while also being presented by a live MC on the night to provide that high octane energy audiences have come to know and love.

Tickets available online at
www.flazedahub.com/Shop.php#!/Decadence-and-Debauchery-PRIDE-edition/p/406226209/category=0

Posted 12 weeks ago

What’s on in term 4

Get Down in Lockdown - Final Show!

It’s been a wild ride for all of us during Canberra’s Lockdown pt. 2, but we’ve been having a boogie in the comfort of our own homes with the endlessly entertaining and highly successful ‘Get Down in Lockdown’ shows.

Our final show is happening soon - the 22nd of October - and we would absolutely love to see just how many people we can get into a Zoom room to dress up and get down with.

You can get your tickets here:
www.flazedahub.com/Shop.php/Get-Down-In-Lockdown-22-OCT

BOOK TICKETS

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Term 4! We’re back and online!

After so many long weeks of lockdown, we are thrilled to be returning to the studio on 1 November!

This means that we’ll be back running classes, small events, and hiring out the studio. This term coming at you with the bonus of offering online/livestream options if you don’t feel up to coming back in person.

You can choose the right kind of class for you:

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Advanced Bellydance with Jacqui *livestreamed*

This term Jacqui will be teaching a teaching a modern shabbi to a fun and hard hitting track straight out of Egypt. It will be modern shaabi belly dance as opposed to mahraganat, but will take inspiration from that more street style mixed in with all the usual cute stuff

This class will also be live streamed for those who prefer to dance at home or can’t make it to class that week etc.

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Burlesque (with Umbrellas) with Jazida *livestreamed*

This term Jazida is bringing a new prop in to the studio for us to play with… Umbrellas!!
We’ll learn some vintage strip tease while concealing/revealing with our umbrellas opening and closing together (bonus points for maintain social distancing with our props)… Umbrellas provided in class and available to loan.

This class will also be live streamed for access from the comfort of your own home!

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Sword Dancing with Bronwyn

Learn how to balance and dance with swords with Bronwyn. No previous experience required, Bronwyn will teach you all the trick and tips for balance, elegance and style when it comes to sword dancing. Challenge yourself to learn an awesome new skill in this 7 week term!

Swords available for hire in class (also available to loan to practice at home)

In-studio classes are strictly limited to ensure we are allowing 4 square metres per person in line with government restrictions, so book in quickly!

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Photography & Videography with Chris
*livestreamed*

Learn to create your own professional quality video content and photography with Flazeda’s favourite photographer, Chris Manchester, aka CaptaVitae Photography.

Learn techniques and develop the core skills that will take your photography and videography to the next level.
The course will cover how to use camera settings to get the best quality footage, lighting techniques to make your photos POP, livestream software & best practices for digitally streaming your acts, what software to use and how to edit your act to make it professional quality.

This class will also be live streamed for those who prefer to learn at home or can’t make it to class that week etc.

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Tear-Away Bra & G-string with Rockstars and Royalty

Have you always wanted to know how to make your own costumes? Do you have amazing costume ideas but not sure how to execute them?

Learn how to sew beautiful costume pieces with Vicky from Rockstars and Royalty! This term you will learn to create your own tear-away bra and g-string (or other panties style) with guidance.

Basic sewing skills & equipment are required, but Vicky will guide you through complex techniques. This is a very limited class size due to restrictions so you will need to book in early!

In-studio classes are strictly limited to ensure we are allowing 4 square metres per person in line with government restrictions, so book in quickly!

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Beginner Feather Fans with Sara and Miki
*livestreamed*

Have you found yourself captivated by feather fans?
Do you want to conquer the most prolific and iconic burlesque prop?
Are you interested in creating moments of tension or suspense in your dance?

Now is your chance! Learn how to twist and twirl a set of beautiful ostrich feather fans with the incredible Sara Martini and Miki Minx.

You will learn everything from proper fan holding technique and how to care for your fans to beautiful movements, and the best way to use your fans for the most impact on stage. These are relaxed and fun filled classes where you’ll meet great people and leave feeling energised!

Available in person and also being livestreamed for you to join anywhere around the world!

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Wig Styling with Miss Cherrybomb
*livestreamed*

Never have a bad hair day again when Miss Cherrybomb shows you how to style your very own wig!

Pin-up queen and absolute snack, Miss Cherrybomb always looks like a dream with hair styles that stun anyone who walks by.
Learn her magic tricks and come out with your own perfectly styled wig in this boutique class. The small size of this class means that you’ll get all the one-on-one help you need and help with all your wig woes.

Bring your own wig or order one through Miss Cherrybomb before the class starts. Places are strictly limited so you MUST get in quick!

Available in person and also being livestreamed for you to join anywhere around the world!

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Advanced Feather Fans with Jazida
*livestreamed*

This class is for performers who have already got some experience with Feather Fans. Join this class to learn how to create beautiful movements, and the best way to use your fans for the most impact on stage, while learning a 7 week choreography created by Jazida. Jazida has passionately taught fan dancing (fan veils and feather fans) for over 5 years. These are relaxed and fun filled classes where you’ll meet great people and leave feeling energised!

These classes will focus on fan manipulation technique for advanced fan users.


Available in person and also being livestreamed for you to join anywhere around the world!

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Stretch & Flex with Ella Phoenix and Jazida
*livestreamed*

Strengthen and improve your range of movement with this fun and welcoming class! If you can already do the splits or can’t even touch your toes this is the class for you!

Be guided through fun warm up to get your body moving and see how much range of motion you really have! Learn about PNF stretches, how to increase your flexibility, and work towards a stretch goal through the term.

With guidance from Exercise Physiologist Ella Phoenix and certified flexibility instructor Jazida, you’ll be bending like a pretzel in no time.


Available in person and also being livestreamed for you to join anywhere around the world!

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Beginner Bellydance with Renee

Learn core movements of bellydance with our wonderful teacher, Renee! This class is for performers who want to learn how to isolate your hips, chest, shimmy, and have a great time! No previous dance experience required!

All required props and key costume items will be supplied by Flazeda Hub. Wear something comfortable and easy to move in.

In-studio classes are strictly limited to ensure we are allowing 4 square metres per person in line with government restrictions, so book in quickly!

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COMING YOUR WAY SOON

Werk it with our Twerk Workshop
with August

A one-off workshop with August - offered face-to-face at Flazeda AND *livestreamed* - running 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 7th of November.
We will learn some twerk combos and a short routine! Kneepads required and heels optional!

LEVEL: Open level - all people welcome regardless of experience


August (she/her) is a dancer of 12 years and a pole dancer of 3 years. She has learned to love her body through twerk and has been a certified twerk technician for a year. August is a bubbly, outgoing teacher and loves talking to students so don’t be afraid to ask if you have any questions!

With enough interest, we will bring it on as an ongoing class in the future, so book in quick before in-person places fill up!
Book here: www.flazedahub.com/Shop.php/Twerk-Workshop-with-August/

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Decadence and Debauchery: Digital Edition

Decadence and Debauchery is back - digitally!
We’re bringing you an incredible line-up of performers as part of the annual SpringOUT Canberra celebrations in November, so keep your eyes peeled for performer announcements and ticket details coming your way soon!

Decadence and Debauchery: PRIDE will be decadent night of debaucherous behaviour!

Get your tickets here:
www.flazedahub.com/Shop.php/Decadence-and-Debauchery-PRIDE-edition/

BOOK TICKETS

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SAVE THE DATE: Flazeda 1st Birthday Party

Save the date for 30 January 2022, because Flazéda is turning ONE!


To celebrate, we are planning a shindig like no other, hosted by the incomparable Belconnen Arts Centre, and we would love for you to join us!
We’ll be posting updates as we get closer to the date so keep an eye out wherever you get your Flazéda updates!

Posted 14 weeks ago

Interview with a Stage Daddy - Sara Martini



What *is*  a stage daddy? 


First and foremost, stage daddy is an energy. Stage daddy is the person who is in charge AND the person who knows what’s going on. They are behind the scenes magic makers and power administrators; resourceful, supportive and ready. Stage daddy just wants to make sure you have a good show and is also the boss of making that happen. 



Where do you stage daddy? 


In capital cities across Australia and wherever the heaviest props need lugging.



What’s your most memorable stage daddy experience? 


Probably the time I had to call an ambulance for a performer mid-performance. They’re ok! We’re good friends now.  


Very memorably also moved an entire show set out of a venue in the middle of the night, while a club night was happening, the dance floor was pumping and everything had to be moved off the stage, through the green room and the dance floor and out the narrow back fire stairs. Bit of a mission! Thankfully we didn’t need an ambulance that time. 



Favourite thing you’ve seen behind the scenes? 


Enough room to turn a circle! Hahaha. There’s so many but I think seeing someone rescuing a bra and then a g-string that had been flung into rigging with a broom is up there. 


What makes a good performer to work with from a daddy-perspective? 



Someone who knows what they want and can tell me what this is -  it helps me bring your vision to life! Realistic expectations are also good, as is a good sense of humour and just being friendly. Oh and I’ll never say no to cat pictures.



What’s the daddy-performer power balance? Who’s in charge (who’s the top)?  


It’s a balance to be honest. Stage daddy’s job is two-fold: one one hand you’re hustling to make sure everyone and everything is where it’s meant to be and on the other you are of service; to the performers, to the audience, to the show. Creating the best possible experience is not only about making things happen but about creating the environment for those things to happen. The role requires some fluidity.



Top ten things you keep in your stage daddy toolkit in case of emergencies? 


Compassion and a level head - abstract but important - a phone charger, adhesives (spirit gum, and carpet and gaffer tapes), metamucil (yes and it’s been used!), safety pins, hairspray, lollies, water and bandaids. 


Tips for becoming a daddy-of-the-future?


Practise being organised, patient and flexible and find the balance between taking charge and letting go. Be prepared to crack the whip but don’t be a dick. It’s hard work and it’s fun work. Be ready to work under pressure and to miss the show really, but have great banter with your fellow crew and feel the warmth of performers being in their element and the audience cheering! 

Posted 17 weeks ago

It’s been a long few weeks of lockdown in Canberra and around the country, with little to do on a Friday night whilst all venues are closed. Thankfully, every second Friday since lockdown began Flazéda has been hosting Get Down in Lockdown, an interactive digital show that supports alternative performers while they’re unable to perform at their regular venues. These shows have a wide variety of performers to keep you entertained and a live MC to make sure the audience feels engaged throughout the event. 

The shows have been hosted by the wonderful and hilarious Lola Lust, a vision in pink and newbie to Canberra, who has made a name for herself as someone to watch out for with her recent second place at Apprentease ACT. Her quick wits and vibrant energy keep you on your toes for what’s about to happen next on this live streamed show. 

Boasting over 70 attendees to the second Get Down In Lockdown, the show was a fantastic night filled with both new and well known performers showing us a peek into their lives as performers in lockdown. 

The line-up of performers has been excitingly diverse and ensures that at no point during the show are you bored or feel like you’ve seen the same thing before at every digital show. The production quality of the show has been superb, with Jazida and Miss Cherrybomb running a flawless digital backstage and dropping quick quips back and forth with the MC, maintaining the same energy of the sassy stage managers at their live shows. 

Highlights from last weeks show include Billy Texas (@bill_dilfine on Instagram, if you’re not already following you need to be) who created a short art film navigating the emotional rollercoaster of Sydney’s lockdown, while managing to seamlessly include the recurring use of a small rocking horse and introducing the world to the concept of “Roller-Crocs”. Billy also showed off his prowess as a clothing designer, creating a safari suit made entirely of Woolworths bags and wearing it with the same pride as a celebrity debuting at the Met Gala. 

The show saw debuts from the fantastic Ravi Oli and Miss Cherrybomb. Ravi Oli showcased their flawless transition from lockdown couch chic to their sharp and handsome drag king persona. Underscored by a delightful Indian instrumental piece, the performance gave an exciting change of pace to the modern drag king pop ballad performances. Miss Cherrybomb took a step out from her well loved backstage presence to show off the sass and attitude we all know and love in a debut burlesque performance. Backed by a high energy K-Pop song, Miss Cherrybomb wowed audiences with her single shot routine and setting herself up with an excellent debut to the burlesque stage. 

This week’s rendition brings in a star studded line up set to wow audiences with their amazing talent and creativity in developing fresh and exciting content as lockdowns drag on. Hosted by the phenomenal Sara Martini, Get Down in Lockdown round three is set to be a fantastic night. 


Book your tickets now at http://jazidaburlesque.com/Shop for the best Friday night you’ll have all lockdown. 

Posted 18 weeks ago
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Decadence
and Debauchery is back and ready to dazzle</p><p>With a long history of selling our venues to loud acclaim in
Canberra, <i>Decadence and Debauchery </i>is back with the next instalment! Brought
to you by Jazida Productions – winner of Canberra Local Business Awards for
Outstanding Performing Arts, and Adelaide Fringe Festival award for Best Dance –
<i>Decadence and Debauchery</i> is full of top shelf performers to bring you a
decadent night of debaucherous behaviour, sharing vintage striptease, circus
and sideshow, fan dancing, live music, comedy, and so much more!</p><p>September 4<sup>th</sup> will see the <i>Decadence and
Debauchery </i>cast return to Belconnen Arts Centre in the cultural centre of
North Canberra on the banks of Lake Ginninderra. The arts centre expanded in
2020 to include purpose-built spaces for development and performance of dance,
theatre, circus and music in order to welcome broader creative communities to
showcase their artistic practices in a professional environment.</p><p>Kicking off at 8pm on Saturday September 4<sup>th</sup>,
audiences can expect a night packed full of comedy, live music, sideshow acts, fan
dancing, and the art of tease all under the same roof with absolute firecracker
co-MC’s – Idris Stanton (Best Circus at Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe
festivals) and Ell Bell (Co-Director of Gluttony and Creative Producer at Highwire Entertainment)
– to feature alongside soulful songstress Minnie Andrews, Canberra performer
powerhouse Jazida, and local performers; Fabulous Fan Dancers, Flazeda
Burlesque Babes, Hula Hoop Hotshots. <br/>
More artists are yet to be announced.</p><p><b>To book tickets to Decadence and Debauchery September,
please visit:<br/></b><a href="http://www.belcoarts.com.au/">www.belcoarts.com.au/ </a><br/><b>For more information about workshops and future shows, please visit:<br/></b><a href="http://jazidaproductions.com">jazidaproductions.com</a> or contact jazidaproductions@gmail.com</p>

Decadence and Debauchery is back and ready to dazzle

With a long history of selling our venues to loud acclaim in Canberra, Decadence and Debauchery is back with the next instalment! Brought to you by Jazida Productions – winner of Canberra Local Business Awards for Outstanding Performing Arts, and Adelaide Fringe Festival award for Best Dance – Decadence and Debauchery is full of top shelf performers to bring you a decadent night of debaucherous behaviour, sharing vintage striptease, circus and sideshow, fan dancing, live music, comedy, and so much more!

September 4th will see the Decadence and Debauchery cast return to Belconnen Arts Centre in the cultural centre of North Canberra on the banks of Lake Ginninderra. The arts centre expanded in 2020 to include purpose-built spaces for development and performance of dance, theatre, circus and music in order to welcome broader creative communities to showcase their artistic practices in a professional environment.

Kicking off at 8pm on Saturday September 4th, audiences can expect a night packed full of comedy, live music, sideshow acts, fan dancing, and the art of tease all under the same roof with absolute firecracker co-MC’s – Idris Stanton (Best Circus at Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe festivals) and Ell Bell (Co-Director of Gluttony and Creative Producer at Highwire Entertainment) – to feature alongside soulful songstress Minnie Andrews, Canberra performer powerhouse Jazida, and local performers; Fabulous Fan Dancers, Flazeda Burlesque Babes, Hula Hoop Hotshots.
More artists are yet to be announced.

To book tickets to Decadence and Debauchery September, please visit:
www.belcoarts.com.au/
For more information about workshops and future shows, please visit:
jazidaproductions.com or contact jazidaproductions@gmail.com

Posted 24 weeks ago

Red Light Confidential: A night made by artists, for artists

Red Light Confidential has become one of Australia’s longest running nights of quality Cabaret entertainment! This fabulous one-of-a-kind event showcases the absolute best in music, burlesque, cabaret & comedy from all over Australia as well as featuring fresh talent locally and so much more.
An industry night designed to create a space for established artists to show off their skills, up-and-coming artists to perform alongside industry professionals, and for all artists to receive high-quality photography and videography.

After launching in Canberra earlier this year, the October 15 show will be the third in ACT. All tickets are by donation only, with any proceeds going back into a collective fund for Red Light Confidential in order to facilitate wider networking opportunities interstate.


Tickets are available via the Eventbrite
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/165233127733 

For more on Red Light Confidential:
www.redlightconfidential.com/
For more on Flazeda Hub:
www.flazedahub.com/

Posted 24 weeks ago

Burlesque Brunch (by Lola Lust)

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Burlesque brunch, two words that seem almost paradoxical, yet in a city so dedicated to their brunch, Flazeda floored us all by adding a new twist to the concept that worked so well. No one will ever be satisfied with a normal brunch again, not unless they can get a side of tassel twirling with their tea.

From the moment you walk in, you’re immersed in the fantasy. 
The mouth-watering smell of baked treats combined with subtle mood lighting and music all complement the matching tea sets and tiered tea trays full of the most delicious baked treats you’ll ever see. The tables were meticulously laid with towers of French macarons, tartlets, cupcakes, and cookies as far as the eye can see, and a large selection of gluten-free and vegan goodies for those of us who take special pleasure in making caterers lives difficult.

The bar was stocked not only with a fun variety of tea and coffee but also with the most creative and delicious tea-infused cocktails and mocktails that would tantalize the taste buds of even the fussiest of drinkers.
A special mention to my personal favourite, the Lavender Earl Grey Sour, Bastian the bartender really outdid themselves with that one.

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Our host for the event was none other than the venue owner herself, the effervescent Jazida. Dressed aptly as what could only be described as Canberra’s answer to the great cupcake shortage, Jazida was fun, warm, and full of more energy than any adult should be expected to produce on a cold Sunday morning.

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The format of the show was so well done without being overly complicated. Divided into equal parts entertainment and socialising, we were treated to a performance every 15 minutes followed by some fun and interactive games, think dramatic readings of W.A.P. and dance battles to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. It was a subtle mix of the elegance of burlesque and the absurdity of 30 grown adults screaming the lyrics to Britney Spears’s “Crazy” at the top of their lungs.  
 
The performances themselves were stunning. All the way from Melbourne, opera singer Piera Dennerstein, entranced us all with her renditions of “Musetta’s Waltz” and “Lady Marmalade”, while delighting the entire audience with her cheeky charisma and charm.

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A Canberra local, Sara Martini, not only teased and twirled with the most beautiful set of green feather fans you’ve ever seen but sent us all into a frenzy when she literally took her act to new heights by dancing on the bar itself.

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A delightfully cheeky Christmas in July number saw Sara and Jazida have us all questioning, how many pasties IS too many pasties only to finish with a fan display that had us all wanting to taste the rainbow.

And finally, Jazida herself brought so much sass, attitude, and character to the stage as she showed off just why she is Canberra’s finest as she teased, twirled, and tantalised the entire room. Showing a tremendous array of talent and confidence on stage she had us wrapped around her fingers.

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This event was so delightful and well done I really couldn’t fault it, other than to say it needs to happen more often. The staff at Flazeda were so helpful and friendly, the performers so talented and the food so delicious that I’m genuinely considering whipping out a tassel next time I have a cuppa.


Written by Lola Lust

Posted 24 weeks ago

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