"Gonna give my heart away, leave it to the other girls to play" - Glory Box, Portishead
Words by Eva Devore | Photography by Etienne Reynaud (@etphemera)
We were so excited to launch our new event Glory Box, a celebration of femininity and a reclaimation of sensuality through erotic performance. Inspired by the Portishead song, ‘Glory Box’ is about escaping narrow-minded gender roles and expressing that there are ‘many ways to be a woman’. We had a gorgeous line up of performers all bringing their interpretation of sensuality and themes of fetish and self-expression through sexuality.
Our guests were treated to a sultry evening in the beautiful Birdcage venue, where they sipped on delicious cocktails. We loved seeing many of our audience members getting into the theme and dressing up in fetish-inspired outfits! The show sold out completely, which did lead to a few issues with audience visibility, however we are very excited to work out these teething issues and create a bigger and better show next time.
Our incredible line up of performers included exotic lyra, hammock and pole dancing, burlesque and performance art. The audience gasped as our artists poured candle wax over themselves, tied themselves up with Japanese rope bondage, sang live jazz as they stripped, and displayed daring sideshow stunts including a bed of nails. Our Glory Box troupe opened and closed the show with a sensual routine inspired by the Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris, and we loved seeing the gorgeous, diversity of our performers. We welcomed back the amazing Leah as our Auslan interpreter, and were so grateful to have her assisting Miss Porcelain Alice as the emcee. We couldn't be happier with the incredible show!
Our endless thanks go to Leah for interpreting, our wonderful Siren staff for helping run the show, Etienne for photographing the evening, and our students Mikhaila and Chanelle that assisted us with recording footage of the night. We are already planning our next Glory Box, which will be even bigger and better!
We heard you loved the Glory Box playlist so here are some of the songs from the night!
Glory Box - Portishead
Human - Sevdaliza
You're so Cold - Two Feet
Nightizm - Crypt Walk
Eyes on Fire - Blue Foundation
Go Fuck Yourself - Two Feet
Veka - Zola Jesus
(S)aint - Marilyn Manson
That Other Girl - Sevdaliza
Pony - Ginuwine
My Neck - Khia
Work It - Missy Elliot
On My Own - TroyBoi
Mermaid Motel - Lana Del rey
The Wolf - The Spencer Lee Band
I Put a Spell on You - Marilyn Manson
Hold Me Down - Halsey
Never Tear Us Apart - Bishop Briggs
Seven Nation Army - Postmodern Jukebox
I Fink U Freeky - Die Antwoord
Neverland - Dennis Lloyd
Swimming Pools - Kendrick Lamarr
Bloom - Odesza
Down for You - Ta-Ku