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Queer Lip Syncing

Queer Lip Syncing

The queer community has a long love affair with lip syncing. For some of us, lip syncing has been about gender expression, for some it’s a tongue-in-cheek perversion of mainstream culture. It’s an ordinary and somewhat expected sight at our festivals and parades. And it’s not just the men dressed up as women or the women dressed up as women, or those of us who express androgyny, it’s the women dressed up as men. Drag King style. It shocks me when someone hasn’t heard of Drag Kings before.

This photo is from a Drag King Battle that was held in Melbourne and hosted by the notoriously handsome, Rocco D’Amore. Through the sheer power of crowd persuasion, I won the battle and left with $100 and a trophy in my hand. My song? Set it Off by our own, Timomatic.

I always wanted to do live drag – where I actually sing. Laurie Anderson style. Performance art has a long love affair with gender.

Soul of Sydney

Soul of Sydney

A secret venue only released on the day of, a magic rope that becomes a game of limbo, funk and soul with a sprinkle of disco and a warm, welcoming, non-judgemental, all-colours crowd of dance-lovers – welcome to Soul of Sydney.

I love dancing with people. I love the expression and communication of movement to music. I love the pure joy of being connected to soul. Being invited by another to join them in a wild storm of energy, of sexual expression through dance and of gender play. The crowd parts, a circle is made. The tall muscular man with the ginger beard invites me in. His incredible moves drew the crowd including those hand on the hips Beyonce accents he brings – so wonderful to watch on such a masculine body. I match his every move, my eyes never leaving his, catching, falling, subliming the energy between us. He hugs and thanks me after the final pose with the applause falling around us. Many acknowledgements come my way, but the best comment S’ra tells me, was the man near her who said to his friend as I was dancing, “She’s so hot, she’s making my eyes melt.”

Love

Danica

photo credit: Soul Of Sydney

Do You Remember?

Do You Remember?

I’m thrilled to share this collaborative piece with you – a work of art with Garth Ernstzen. The presence of art, beauty and movement breathes life into the world. May this art find wings and visit you wherever you are, leaving you moved and perhaps a little more alive. If you have words for what you experience, I would love to hear them.

Featuring & Choreography – Danica Lani
Hair & Makeup – Katrina Villegas
Creative Direction, Direction & Editing – Garth Ernstzen, Garth Ernstzen Photography and Media

Song credit – Jarryd James – Do You Remember

Love Danica

 

In love with Christine & the Queens

In love with Christine & the Queens

I wonder if being an artist means being true to oneself, being so authentically and wholly oneself that when art is expressed it is as an expression of Self.

Christine gathered her Queens from the stages of drag, dedicating many of her creations to them and to all transgender individuals.

Could the presence of art arise inside of community and what would that look like?

Thank you Kimberlite for introducing me to my newest artist love affair!

Love

Danica

Body Party

Body Party

I first met Luke Wilkie on the set of the Australian television series, Offspring. We were both hired as dancers from the Body Electric crew to dance in a club called “Tuff Muff“ (I kid you not) behind Deborah Mailman (**in awe**), Asher Keddie and cast. (Spot the leopard print dress!) I love falling in love with people on the dance floor.

A while later I discovered that Luke had a skill set and impressive library, not only as a much loved and followed instagrammer, but in music production. He did a remix of one of the songs off my debut ep micromovements and our collaboration has been growing. We essentially create electro-pop music that makes you move. We’ve created a couple of original tracks, some covers and have performed at a few underground warehouse parties in Melbourne. We are called Body Party. I look forward to sharing more of our journey with you…

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Love

Danica

Teaser

Teaser

I’m in the mood for teasing. On my last trip to Melbourne, I met up with a photographer friend, Garth Ernstzen. Two years ago he started making a jacket that he’d asked me to model. Being someone who likes to create multiple intentions and fulfil on multiple outcomes, I asked him if he would also be willing to film a new dance routine I’ve been working on. He said yes!

When I first heard this song, it touched my soul immediately. Check out this next sentence: S’ra and I were in our uber and this song came on the radio so I reached for my iphone and shazam’d it then downloaded it straight away onto my itunes. I mean seriously, 10 years ago I would never have said that sentence. I digress.

Do you remember is by Brissie boy, Jarryd James. His voice is so soulful. I immediately wanted to choreograph movement and to create a lyrical style piece to his song. I’m super excited to be viewing the video edits for this at the moment with Garth.

And looking forward to sharing with you…

Love

Danica

Ask for what you want

Ask for what you want

I stumbled across this delicious demonstration of asking for what you want today. I was first introduced to Jillian Meyers a number of years ago when Ali Shirley and I attended a Masterclass with the Janet Jackson dancers who were out on tour. Jilly stood out as unique, holding her own and with a presence that exceeded most in the room.

In this first video, she makes a proposal to a band she loves – Hozier. Her proposal is to collaborate together using her choreography and concept for their film clip. The second clip is the final result. So inspiring.

What could you ask for that you haven’t yet?

The Spark Finale

The Spark Finale

Here’s a snapshot of the concert from this year’s Spark Festival – for adults with intellectual disabilities to explore what’s possible inside the Arts. After two days of back-to-back workshops, the participants choose a group (or two) to be in to perform in the grand finale concert.

Walking into the auditorium, the grand reveal was behind heavy black curtains – a world of wonder, colour and awe. The space had been transformed as we walked through the hula dancers greeting us and gazed up at stilt walkers in incredible costumes amongst jugglers, trapeze artists and heart sculptures. It really was moving.

And so the concert began – wait until you see the final act by aerial artist, Paul Nunnari, grand final participant in Australia’s Got Talent. This guy will blow your mind.

Love

Danica

What is self-expression?

What is self-expression?

I’m at home on the dance floor. For any of you who have spent time with me busting out some moves, that’s where my professional fun starting career really began. With you. I consider it my personal mission to create the freedom and permission for full self-expression on the dance floor – to smash the walls and masks of looking good and give it all up in service of humanity. We’re all human after all. I’m on the dance floor again, at the Spark Festival, and there is not a lot of ‘looking good’ getting in the way here. People move and express themselves however they are. This is my kind of playground.

Love

Danica

Body Electric: The dance phenomenon

Body Electric: The dance phenomenon

Body Electric is an underground dance phenomenon in Melbourne created by choreographer Jade Duffy. After graduating from VCA Dance, Jade started teaching her friends jazz dance routines to 80s music. They made costumes and put on performances for their friends and family. As far as I can tell, Body Electric has always attracted show ponies. What I loved about these concerts is seeing adults who are not trained in dance, being fully self-expressed through dance and costume.

I was introduced to Body Electric by dancer, Alison Shirley who got me a limited ticket into the exclusive 400-person sold out Thornbury Theatre Concert. The dance that got me and won my heart was Wuthering Heights where 20 or so dancers ran onto stage – the women in white flowing nighties, the men impeccably dressed in period costumes looking dashingly handsome. As the music started and Kate Bush started singing, I watched these people moving and I was moved – to tears. It was raw, authentic and beautiful.

Several years later, Body Electric Concerts had expanded to sell-out crowds of about 1500 filling the Palace on Bourke St. Eleven dance groups performed and then the whole thing turned into a dance party with the dancers and the audience. Genius.

Jade continues to expand her business making dance available for adults of all persuasions.

See if you can spot me in this video of Sexy and I Know It, the tongue-in-check poke at our inner Hipster.

Hint **shiny gold sequined underwear**

Love

Danica