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Sinful Sunday

Dance like everybody’s watching


What: Sinful Summer Sunday

When: 9 pm Sun., Jun. 30

Where: Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St.

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Info: http://www.wildbuffalo.net

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

When Kelsey Burghoffer joined the Provocateurs last year, she was going through a difficult time in her life and hoped sharing space with the longtime burlesque-focused dance troupe would help her let off some creative steam.

It did, and along the way it also changed her life. She soon discovered that being part of an ensemble that has a mission to “provoke, confront, and elevate” came with a few perks—including renewed self-confidence, empowerment and a continuous flow of positive reinforcement from the other members.

“I think we all realize how important and necessary it is to have a safe space to be vulnerable, be creative, be bold and try new things, and most importantly feel supported by other women,” Burghoffer says. “We all agree that just having a free-form creative outlet with others to play with is a powerful thing in our lives.”

When the Provocateurs host their next “Sinful Sunday” performance Sun., June 30 at the Wild Buffalo, those in attendance will be able to get a close-up view of what happens when women are given free rein to provoke feelings and emotions, confront societal ideals concerning heady topics such as body empowerment and sex positivity, and elevate people’s senses and spirits.

“We aim to remind our audience that you can be any body type and have fun and dance and embody sexiness as an attitude, not something that the front cover of a magazine tells us to be,” Burghoffer says.

Since this will be the last “Sinful Sunday” for a while—the troupe will be keeping busy through the rest of the year while partnering with the YWCA to create a theatrical production about the local suffragette movement—they’re going all out for this weekend’s show. Joining them onstage will be Bellingham Circus Guild members Della Moustachella, Sadye Osterloh, and Chips Allard, as well as tribal bellydancer Katy Houseman, Seattle-based metalesque performer Katya Starin’, creative pole dance enthusiast Bri Bird, and Kitty Nuthatch of the Dirty Bird Cabaret (among others). Dame SinCyr will emcee.

If this show is anything like their past ones, it will soon become apparent the Provocateurs aren’t just going through the motions. They’re having a hell of a lot of fun claiming their space onstage, and the support they give to each other is a big part of that confidence.

“It’s been amazing to watch the group transform and evolve with every new member and over the years,” founding member Noelle Burns says of her 10 years with the group. “Part of the beauty of it all is that the dancers each bring something different to share.”

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