On Valentine’s Day, from 3pm-6pm, Dance Naked is holding a High Tea. This event will include your classic finger sandwiches and tea cakes, as well as a hookah lounge, performance art and a whole slew of sensual opportunities.
We will announce our upcoming season (!) and share some previews from Revelations. (Revelations runs March 10-13 at The Headwaters – tickets will go on sale soon!) Then, the hands-on fun begins. Including with your ticket are vouchers to experience your choice of the following:
Kissing booth with highly trained staff
Erotic hair pulling
Shower scrub and towel dry
Tea leaf reader
Tickets to this event are $30, and are extremely limited. There will be no at the door sales, and the address is only given with purchase. This fundraiser will help Dance Naked make this upcoming season a reality, so if you believe in the dream of sex-positive theater that helps heal the world (and want to enjoy a rare and unique valentine’s experience!) please come join us!
The time has come to gather the creative ardor of this city, the collective erotic imagination of Portland itself, and create a brand new show!
Last year Dance Naked premiered What Is Erotic? a community cabaret of stories, song and dance that expressed individual responses to that very question. For 2016, Dance Naked brings you REVELATIONS, a Communal Creation of Intimate Acts. Revelations is an opportunity to share YOUR erotic imagination, your sexual story, your interpretation of what it means to be vulnerable as a sexual being. Whether that is a poem, a story, a scene or interpretive dance, YOU are invited to audition.
You don’t need to be a professional actor or performer. You need to be willing to share yourself in a creative manner. What yearns to blossom inside you? How would you like to show up and be seen?
For many years I have participated in a private event called Revelations. Not a show at all, merely a gathering of friends. My pal Alex invented the party as a small gathering – an invitation for close friends to strip for one another, to whatever extent felt right. Some people took the invitation literally and performed a strip tease, to panties and beyond. Some took the opportunity to reveal metaphorically, though poetry or interpretive dance. Performances were spontaneous and rehearsed, silly, serious, sad, and sometimes incredibly sexy. They were universally compelling. Witnessing other humans reveal themselves, especially in the taboo area of sexuality, is riveting, no special training necessary. Everyone who participated, or witnessed, left richer and more connected to one another.
Revelations has grown every year, as more people are invited, and more participants tasted the thrill of creating a piece to share with an appreciative audience. We pack a private house with almost 100 people, and anyone willing to share their offering is given time and space.
I have created pieces for many past Revelations, and they are some of my proudest achievements.
This year, I asked Alex if I could borrow the idea, and make it slightly bigger. I would like to create a theatrical event in the manner of What Is Erotic? using the ethos of Revelations. The public (that’s YOU!) is invited both to participate, as well as witness the end result. REVELATIONS will have 4 performances (March 10-13) to be hosted at Headwaters Theater and will be directed by Eleanor O’Brien (that’s me).
Auditions will be held by appointment January 30th and 31st from 3pm-6pm. Please come to either Saturday OR Sunday, and expect to stay the entire time (unless you have arranged with me in advance). Please bring the piece you wish to share, or your IDEA for a piece you would like to develop. I will work with those selected throughout February and March to develop your piece into a beautiful performance.
It’s a performance. AND SO MUCH MORE! Revelations is a collection of courageous souls who believe that art is meant to be shared, and that sexuality is a potent theme when it comes to art. This show will be made up of all different kinds of creative responses to the invitation to reveal something about your erotic nature. There will be poetry, storytelling, song and dance, music, imagery, solo and group presentations, comedy, drama and so much more.
What is the time commitment?
For the auditions, it’s either Saturday January 30th from 3-6pm or Sunday January 31st from 3-6pm. You are invited to stay for the entire audition, and support other people who are also being courageous and sharing their ideas/art. (If you can’t stay the entire time, let me know in advance).
There will be two group rehearsals, likely the afternoon of Sunday February 28th and Sunday March 6th. Also, technical rehearsals the evening of March 8th & 9th. You must be able to make at least one of the group rehearsals and both technical rehearsals. Individual rehearsals will be scheduled around need and availability. Performance dates will be March 10-13. You must be available for all 4 performances.
Why would I want to do this?
Revelations is an opportunity to challenge yourself and stretch what you believe you are capable of doing. It’s a chance to share who you are with the world, and own your creative genius. You will make friends. You will remember the experience for the rest of your life. You will experience the aliveness of revealing yourself in an authentic way. You will be supporting the vision of Eleanor O’Brien Dance Naked Productions, who’s mission is to create a more sex-positive, conscious and collaborative world.
All performers (including visual artists) will be invited to participate in a Seducing the Muse 1/2 day workshop, free of charge. This workshop is an opportunity to create using games, writing exercises, guided meditation and mindful movement to access inner genius.
Is there a time limit for pieces?
There is. Depending on the number of participants – generally around 6 minutes.
What if I have no experience performing?
You don’t have to have experience, you just have to have the desire, and an idea of the piece you want to create.
What if the idea terrifies me?
Perfect. What a huge growth opportunity. Vulnerability is required if you want to live a wholehearted life. Think of this like training for a marathon.
Will I get paid?
One performance will be designated as a Performer Benefit and the proceeds will be split between performers. But if money is your primary motivation, then this probably isn’t the gig for you.
There is no financial compensation for visual art (though links to artist websites will be included in the program).
I can guarantee you will be paid in deep appreciation and increased community – not to mention, your own personal evolution (priceless!)
Who is Eleanor O’Brien?
I’m the artistic director for Dance Naked Productions. I have developed a number of shows that celebrate and explore sexuality, including the Inviting Desire series, What Is Erotic?, Come Inside: A Festival of Intimate Acts, and my solo shows GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies and Lust & Marriage. I have developed a workshop called Seducing the Muse that helps regular folks access their creative drive through the medium of sexual desire. With my co-facilitator Gwenn Cody, we lead participants through games and writing exercises that circumvent the inner-critic and allow everyone to discover their inner genius. I am committed to creating a world with more joy and less shame. I look forward to knowing you!