Ok, here it comes!.(it will be a long post) I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!
Thank you everyone for visiting HEL-SIN-ki the last weekend!!!! You made it a magical celebration of Love! It is amazing to see your wildest visual dreams and one years work on stage just as imagined and more! It was a tornado of talent! Special Thanks ; Kitt En de Ville for being a True goddess of burlesque, YOU are such an inspiration, such spirit and warmth is hard to find ( I love your laughter!), Perle Noire for giving me goosebumps and making my heart take a leap when You stepped on stage, You are Pure energy!, Jett Adore, Mr. You are a vision, a fairytale romantic hero, Errol Flynn wouldn´t have a change against you!, Imogen Kelly, I have no proper words to describe what it meant to me having your constantly transforming, innovative, moving acts on our stage, You are a genius! Scotty Blue Bunny Grabell ! Dear Bunny, as said in the program, you are a true Helsinki sweetheart, and your extraordinary skill to keep people going and give 110% is just beyond, we have not seen the last of you! Minna Kivelä, Raija! KIITOS! after last years festival I asked if you would bring Raija to the festival and so you did!! It was perfection from every wrinkle of your nose to the toilet paper on your shoe <3. Kitten N’ Lou it took us 2 seconds when we first time saw you on stage that we WANT YOU! and we love love, so what would be better than to be a stopover on you romantic honeymoon!!!! Cherry Typhoon, little did we know what kind of adventures we would have together when we met 7 years ago in Tokyo almost by accident! You are AMAZING! See you soon! Equador Zaha The Wizard, the magical man, it was such a joy to have you glitterify our stage! ;+loving talented performers in no particular order Albine A. Dorable, Cherry Turbo-Cherry Dee, Olivia Rouge, Ivoncita and her matadores, Koko La Douce, Lada Redstar Lada Bonaveri Tvrtkovic, Lola Vanilla, LouLou D’vil, Pepper Potemkin, Polynesian dance actionTAURUA, Stella Polaire and Sir Willy Waterlily ( also extrra thanks for the marvellous catering with Ana Ervasti and Aino Frilander, Chrissy Kiss, Affinity Starr, Foxy Suzy and Gypsy Devil, Our living dead live orchestra with their mascot, Rudolph ( Randyof Finland) and the Roadkill with my supertalented brother Mikko Innanen, sax, Stefan Pasborg, drums, Georgious Kontrafouros on organ! +gogo girls The Reinderettes!! dj´s Atom of Finland and Dr, Ludwig Hirschfeld with their bosslady Fiona Timantti who not only provided lovely tunes but is a spectacular miliner extraordinaire in charge of many headpieces seen on stage. Neil ‘Nez’ Kendall for workshops, words of wisdom and making the world explode with #sidewaysselfies , all our special guest from near and far away lands, and honour to have you in the audience! Alston Stephanus <3 Auntie Sam
Super exxtra special thanks to family; Kiki Hawaiji for being a friend in need, an inspirational colleague in hourlong production crisis phonecalls and all the years creating things together. My darling and co-producer Frank Doggenstein / Epe Tenhunen, for surprising me completely with you new act even if I helped you make the costume <3, thank you also for being there, not stopping me or slowing me down ( exept when absolutely necessary) YOUr support means everything to me ! Tin Ker Bell / Ruska Schönberg for making the sets come alive and for being a dream to work with, thank YOU! My Mom ( the knitting mom) and dad ( the boylesque fan) for support and mom for avantgarde knitwear for all performers, Dad for the meatballs!
The heartwarming crew who come together each year to make it all happen, YOU ROCK! Stagemanager Masha de Bordeaux, Sandy Jungle, Pepper Sparkles, Aleksis Kyrö, Gigi Praline, Photobossman Tuomas Lairila, Max Logoff, my assitant Amy N. Joy! The FABULOUS GLORIA Tech and crew. Everyone who supported the festival by performing at the Finnish Burlesque Gala 2013! Helsinki City Cultural office!
Also I want to thank Hedo Luxe and Tyra Therman for costume magic on my new act Flora and Asta Share for composing the perfect music for it!
And last but not least THE AUDIENCE! You are the BEST audience on the planet! See you all next year in HEL-SIN-KI the city of sin!!!
All my love and gratitude
xox Bettie Blackheart