Miss Butterfly – Burlesque Performer | London| UK
Part Burlesque dancing starlet, part innovative performance artiste, part music hall Vaudevillian, and all dreamer. Miss Butterfly’s elegant, classic style comes with a twist.
The daughter of an Irish showgirl and an eccentric Viennese aristocrat, her beautifully choreographed routines take in everything from the ethereal, the breath-taking and the beautiful to the macabre and the comic. With influences including everyone from Anita Berber and Loie Fuller to Rita Hayworth and the Marchesa Casati, in addition to movements such as the Pre-Raphaelites, literature, surrealism and more along the way.
A true performance artist with a style all her own, she is everything from a Carnival Queen with a show-stopping 17” corseted waist, a doll, a butterfly, a peacock, a swan, a silver-screen siren, a living Klimt painting – and anything her imagination can create. Fusing old-school glamour with dreamy creativity as well as an up-to-date sense of fun and professional versatility, her performance background includes ballet (she frequently performs en pointe), tap, circus (static trapeze or aerial hoop), acting and opera.
Not only is Miss Butterfly a classic beauty with a true vintage look and an all natural 34-22-34 figure, but her skills as a trained costumier (honed during a degree at Central Saint Martins) ensure a range of spectacular and unique costumes and corsetry. With her magical repertoire, elaborate wardrobe, 8ft crescent moon, giant snowglobe, custom revolving stage with mechanical key and her own traveling Victorian Vaudeville Theatre. Miss Butterfly adds the essential flair of mischief and mystery to any show.
Acts Available Include:
The Swan Bride
Inspired by Louise Brooks and the lost beauties of Alfred Cheney Johnson’s photographs of Ziegfeld starlets, in this elegant Burlesque performance things are not always what they seem, at first opulently attired in a 1920s wedding gown with a spectacular headdress and a cloak that transforms into Isis wings, she changes into a seductive swan on her wedding night! Her arms are be-decked with feathers to create a set of unusual wings and, in her Swarowski-sprinkled lingerie (also adorned with genuine 1920s embroidery and beading), she performs a graceful ‘fan-dance’ with these before dancing with her 7ft white ostrich feather fans, climaxing with the throwing of the bouquet. A vision in silk, tulle and diamonds, that truly brings the Silver Screen to Life! There is a seasonal winter version too!
Elegant and seductive, this 1940s style burlesque act features a stunning peacock feather train, and showcases a tiny 17″ corset! This classic retro-style act is the benchmark of what an original, classy tease should be, the very image of a latter day Rita Hayworth. From the first section in which the peacock feathers attached to her body are shed, to a slow, yet impish, seduction with peacock feather fans (or alternatively 7ft ostrich fans). Once the audience are hooked, she departs to leave only a trail of feathers and a lingering kiss.
The Victorian Butterfly
As featured in the video for ‘Love is Noise’ by The Verve, one of the most unique and beautiful acts in Burlesque, this ethereal and haunting performance is evocative of Victorian burlesque performed in the decaying splendour of an old music hall – an alluring figure reminiscent of Mata Hari and Loie Fuller, she dances balletically En Pointe, with a unique fusion of veil dancing, Isis and fan-dancing styles. Butterflies really ‘fly’ from her hands and out from the garments she removes, as she unfurls 8ft butterfly wings, a breathtaking vision under the lights. The ultimate Victorian showgirl. This act can be suitable for audiences of all ages, and can also be used to delight and entertain as an installation.
Beautiful and Damned
Inspired by the beauty and decadence of Klimt, Erte and turn-of-the-century Vienna, this act features a spectacular golden serpentine, an ornate cape and lashings of symbolism to create a living work of art! Evocative of the Work of Anita Berber. see if you can spot the RealPolitik influences! Burlesque meets Performance art to gorgeous effect. This act is suitable for audiences of all ages, and can also be used to delight and entertain as an installation. the ‘reveal’ in this act is the surprise and the spectacle!
Inspired by the work of Anita Berber, this edgy slice of Weimar performance art takes a walk on the dark side. It evokes David Lynch and Fosse to bring the intensity of the ‘Voluptuous Panic’ of 1920s Berlin to strange and erotic life as she uses her swirling chiffon ‘wings’ and her 5 inch needled fingers to inhabit the character of ‘Morphine’. For an extra avant-garde twist, this can (depending on venue) be performed entirely in the dark, with the audience picking out her curves and sinuous movements with torches.
A classic and elegant number that will light up the heavens! Performed in a cloak that evokes Gypsy Rose Lee herself, a luscious midnight blue gown adorned with stars, ostrich feathers and a 2m train and lingerie twinkling with crystals and elaborate bead-work. This show culminating in a fan-dance that climaxes on a giant, rocking crescent moon is simply devine! This burlesque act is extremely versatile, and can be performed in a form over 30min in length as she first teases with bubbles or fans before performing her 7min routine, that can also be preceded by a song or aria! This used to delight and entertain as an installation.
Miss Butterfly performs her renowned fan-dance: A classic and elegant performance in which she teases seductively with her beautiful 7ft white ostrich fans. This is one of her most versatile acts as it can be altered to fit any period, or piece of music to make it personal to your event! Miss Butterfly has a collection of over 500 vintage pieces, so expect only the best in costumes as you marvel at her skill and grace!
Miss Butterfly IS the ‘Glorified Girl’. Inspired by the work of Erte as well as the many nameless beauties immortalised by Alfred Cheney Johnston, this is a tribute to an age of elaborate set pieces, glamour and dreams. Miss Butterfly has a selection of stunning costumes for this act, some of which are original (including one previously owned by Ann Miller) and some of which are her own unique creations! Colour and style can be selected to complement the theme of an event, and as well as providing a stunning climax to an event, this piece can also be used to provide atmosphere and a unique talking point throughout. This act can be made suitable for audiences of all ages, and can also be used to delight and entertain as an installation.
Belle Epoque (La Serpentine)
Beautiful, sensual and curiously erotic, this is a racier take on the traditional Victorian show-stopper. Inspired by Loie Fuller and Alphonse Mucha, 12m of pure white fabric is manipulated with wands to create the shapes of water, shells and flowers that can be lit atmospherically or even have film projected onto them. The finale comes as she spins faster and faster… and creates a spectacular inverted cone that defies gravity for one of Burlesque’s most unusual teases! Once seen, never forgotten. This act is suitable for audiences of all ages, and can also be used to delight and entertain as an installation.
A fusion of classic and modern, this is a fan-dance with a beautiful difference. To the strains of Nick Cave’s ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’ (although it can be specially adapted and performed to music of your choice), she dances elegantly with her 4.5ft rose petal fans undulating on the breeze. She is clad only in pink and white petals, some of which fall as she pirouettes. Can also be performed en Pointe. This act is suitable for audiences of all ages, and can also be used to delight and entertain as an installation. the ‘reveal’ in this act is the surprise and the spectacle!
This act comes both as a timed performance or an installation… This wind-up doll (with real revolving mechanical key) comes alive at night, dancing only when she thinks she is by herself.
‘Never Was There A Woman Like Gilda’
A tribute to Rita Hayworth, this iconic number from ‘Gilda’ caused a scandal for the removal of her glove. But perhaps this time Rita goes just a little further. The set times for Miss Butterfly are usually 5 – 7 minutes. The longest act ‘The Swan Bride’ includes a moon prop and assistants and therefore runs for approximately 10 minutes.
This unique act was created specifically to be performed in the floating bubble, and is a nymph-like vision performed on the surface of the water! This act requires a stretch of (closed) water (min 12ft square), and also access to a power point a short distance away, with a smooth covered surface between that and the water. It can be performed either as a straight timed act to music, and also as a longer installation suitable for all ages to enjoy…
In this act, Miss Butterfly mixes her trademark Serpentine, with 1920s carnival style. Make almost entirely from solid diamante and strips of floating chiffon, this innovative and expressionistic act can be performed in front of a short film directed by Miss Butterfly herself, with a giant light bulb, or incorporating static trapeze.
Dream A Little Dream
A classic and elegant number that will light up the heavens! Performed in a cloak that evokes Gypsy Rose Lee herself, a luscious midnight blue gown adorned with stars, ostrich feathers and a 2m train and lingerie twinkling with crystals and elaborate bead-work, culminating in a fan-dance that climaxes on a giant, rocking crescent moon! This burlesque act is extremely versatile, and can be performed in a form over 30min in length as she first teases on the moon before performing her 7min routine, that can also be preceded by a song or aria!
Not just a seasonal special: after all, you can find an ice queen in any season! This half-serpentine ‘wing’ act is inspired by both the 1920s and the Belle Epoque era. With a costume almost completely made out of rhinestone jewellery from head to toe, with touches of vintage embroidery, feathers, and crystal chandelier icicles you really will not believe your eyes! Although it will bring a flavour of Narnia to any event, this is an act to melt your heart! It can be performed en pointe, with the moon… and also inside a ‘real’ snowstorm! This is one Christmas treat you will certainly want to see unwrapped!
The Snow Globe
This magical act is performed from within a giant snow globe and makes a beautiful centrepiece for any festive event. Perfect as either a mobile ambient act, a static installation or as a stage act it is a symphony of swirling silk, faux-fur and falling snow! Miss Butterfly can also sing festive songs or carols from within the structure. Other acts can also be performed in the globe if desired. Dimensions: 2.5m wide.
Other Acts Include:
Ghost of love
The Nightingale & the Rose
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – tribute to Rita Hayworth
“Miss Butterfly is lush. She has the extraordinary curves, the bee-waist and ripe thighs of a Regency poule de luxe crossed with a Bettie Page vixen’s face… all of us at the table, irrespective of gender, have developed minor crushes and we watch mesmerised as the butterflies that cover her pearly bosom flutter off on to the floor… making delicious little moues, she engages us in flirtatious eye-contact: when the peacock feathers waft from Miss Butterfly’s body during her Peacock Lament, it doesn’t matter if you temporarily lose the ability to wield cutlery. But we had fun. Whoop whoop and hell, yeah.”
– Marina O’Loughlin, the London Metro
“Wittily deadpan…(her) way with feathers gave me faith in burlesque.”
– Time Out
“Notable as a real innovator, lacing her costumes and routines with a bewitching dose of fairy-tale surrealism that stands her sharply apart from the crowd.”
“Miss Butterfly seduces the assembly with her nubile tease”
– The Metro
“Spectacular! a corseted Isadora Duncan with the grace of Steichen’s 1920 photograph on the Parthenon’s steps.”
– Alternative Magazine
“Behind me a couple of dandies with looking glasses atop their canes got their cravats in a twist as they ogled the tall, auburn-haired beauty Miss Butterfly. Butterfly was in many ways the opposite of Velvet, whose flame-lit set and dusky costume suggested sinful seduction. For her moon act, Butterfly appeared in a billowing white gown. The folds of fabric and coy removal of layers played with a sexualised innocence, exploring the ideas of darkness and light associated with the moth.”
– The Erotic Review
“In the sultry yellow light, the porcelain skin of the girl seems phosphorescent… she radiates an ethereal energy. Something about her suggests that she’s a creature of the night – a lunar being who’s most alive in the witching hours. Perhaps it’s her moon-pale complexion, which contrasts with a cascade of deep red hair, or the way the shawl draped over her delicate limbs makes her resemble an antique doll that lives in a walnut chest in a high, cobwebbed loft, and magically springs to life when the stars come out to play… the revered Burlesque artiste with a tiny 17″ corseted waist.”
“Already threatening to achieve legendary diva status, this classic, mysterious siren is leaving us breathless.”
“Miss Butterfly’s homage to Gustav Klimt was slinky, sexy and sensational.”
– Bizarre Magazine
“Miss Butterfly, petite and delicate, arrived there completely covered with peacock feathers. She represents the research and the attainment of the sublime. A talented performer with a rare beauty, she embodies innocence and pride and she generously gives them to her public. Miss Butterfly is delicate and persuasive; only feathers, pearls and veils cover her body, not to reveal too much, she is ethereal as if she came from another planet and came down among us in her brightness. She follows the rare styles of the revue vaudeville and of the Belle-Epoque, that’s why she is one of the most claimed and imitated artists. She is famous for her fan-dance (made with fans of feathers), that brings the public in a real travel back in time, between feelings of magic and poetry.”
– Venice Nightlife
“A last favourite of mine is Miss Butterfly. I think she is just beautiful. Her acts were soft, elegant and ethereal. She performed her ‘The Faberge Egg’ act, – it was just darling. She emerges out of this opulently decorated egg all feathered up like a baby chick. She did an entrancing fan dance with pearly white feathers before retreating back into the egg. Her second act is one that will stick in my mind for a long time because it was truly magnificent feat. Belle Epoque La Lune or ‘The Moon’ is simply a wonderful, dreamy illusion of a performance; a dazzling, giant moon (probably the hugest prop I have ever seen) takes centre stage and Miss Butterfly spirals and twists on this rocking moon – an acrobatic sensation! She was like this tragic nymph dancing under the moonlight.”
– Burlesque Bible Magazine
“It was beguiling Miss Butterfly, a fiery red angel who glided around the stage in a surreal flame-red swirl, like some Middle Earth enchantress from Lord of the Rings, who wore the night’s crown.”
– This is Gloucestershire
“Less tongue in cheek, more opium fuelled fantasy, and quite the contrast.”
– Left Lion.co.uk
“Darling of the hopeless Romantic set, a living Pre-Raphaelite sorceress with a wasp-waist and drown-in-me eyes”
– Dusty Limits
“A performer whose act harks back to the music hall era, with butterflies billowing from her clothes as she performs acts that balance eroticism, humour and horror.”
– Spoonfed Arts website
“…it (The Victorian Butterfly) is a really stunning piece because she dances so balletically, performing en pointe. Her routine is a fusion of veil dancing, dancing with Isis wings and sand dancing. It is quite unique to mix all those styles in one piece. It is the ultimate in evocative Victorian burlesque striptease. Very reminiscent of the old music hall routines of Loie Fuller and Mata Hari. It’s all about the tease and not the sleaze. A lot of time and energy goes into creating just one single routine and when it’d done right, it is just beautiful.”
– Edinburgh Evening News
“…The uniquely talented artiste whose elegant, balletic performances have prompted her meteoric rise on the international theatre circuit in recent years. The best of the London scene and Boom Boom Club’s leading lady.”
– Fluid News
Previous Clients Include:
The Appco Group
Berlin Fashion Week
The British Library
The Burlesque Butterfly Ball
Cannes Film Festival
Casino di Venezia
The El Cid Theatre
The Excel Boat Show
The Henner Museum
The Hoxton Music Hall
In! Magazine Glamour Awards
London Fashion Week
The Museum of London for the Diamond Jubilee
The Nomura Bank
Ogilvy & Mather
The Old Vic Tunnels
Palais de Tokyo
The Park Lane Hotel
The Globe Theatre,
Theatro San Gallo
The Theatre Museum
Photos of Miss Butterfly
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