Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 21:00 to Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 02:00
Returning to the Red Gallery in Shoreditch, after their groundbreaking Art of Stripping festival, the East London Strippers Collective bring you Valentine’s special. In honor of the passing of the Thin White Duke, it is a no-brainer that we should celebrate the pure creativity and performance of a legend who inspired many of us. The Man Who Fell To Earth came down from the heavens and blessed all of us with inner sexiness. Channeling this great sex magic, the ELSC will perform wonders and delights, from astounding pole dancing to good-old-fashioned striptease.
ELSC will be putting on a night to do Bowie proud. The many shapeshifting identities, the characters, the music, the fashion... all given the stripper treatment. Members of ELSC are some of the most feisty, talented, fiercely independent and ground-breaking women in London, pioneering a way through the adult entertainment industry with a vision of a self-organised, collaborative, unionized strip club empire. Come and be a part of it - anyone who's already been to a party hosted by the East London Strippers Collective will tell you - they are legendary!
As always, we invite our audience to indulge in the theme and dress up for the occasion. This time, let nothing hold you back - since Bowie was an endless source of inspiration to all. Ziggy Stardust, Twin Peaks, The Goblin King... Come as Jean Genie, Queen Bitch, China Girl... to all the Young Dudes, put on your best glam rock costume, get the face paints out... OH, YOU PRETTY THINGS!!!!
DJ Caz Coronel (of Candy Club fame) will be setting the club on fire with tunes from Bowie's back catalog, among dancefloor hits from the 80s, 90s and (of course) the naughties.
As usual, ELSC parties aim to be a body-positive, queer-friendly space. We welcome gay, straight, bi, trans, genderfluid, non-binary, and everyone in between. We wish to challenge and disturb the patriarchal conventions of the strip club industry, and we start by inviting a wide, diverse range of people into our world. Just as Bowie would have wanted it.
Sat 13th Feb 2016, 9pm-2am - Red Gallery 1-3 Rivington St, EC2A 3DT
Online: £6 Early Bird/ £9 Full price(+ booking fee): HERE
Door: £15 before midnight/£20 after
Facebook event page: HERE
PLEASE NOTE: Photography is not permitted at ELSC events without permission. Respect the anonymity our performers, if you wish to take a picture please ask first.
East London Strippers Collective are a group of feisty, articulate, fiercely independent women, who also happen to be strippers. They have come together as a collective, united over shared grievances they have about the poor working conditions and exploitative business practices within their industry.
They also lament the stigma surrounding their jobs; the lack of wider public understanding about what they do, compounded by negative connotations that come from poor mainstream media representation and combined with “feminist” campaigns that seek to erase their industry and destroy their livelihoods.
Members of the ELSC are a powerful set of individuals, each with their own particular skills and strengths. The majority have a background in the arts as photographers, film-makers, lingerie designers, cabaret and Burlesque starlets, as well as writers, singers, musicians, public speakers, event producers, and (of course) world standard pole dance athletes.
ELSC aim to challenge/disturb the patriarchal conventions on which the industry is currently built. They welcome and endorse the prospect of male dancers, female viewers, mixed-gender audiences, couples, and trans/queer participants among strip club culture.
ELSC have begun self-organising pop-up events around East London, including club nights, public talks, exhibitions, costume sales and pole workshops. The aim of these events is to challenge stigma and shatter the relentless stereotyping of strippers. The events are also an opportunity for the members of the collective to self-organise and create their own working conditions. The long-term objective is to open a venue, run by the dancers themselves. Until then, support the ELSC in their fight to reclaim and preserve their proud history and identity.
To find out more visit:
ELSC WEBSITE: HERE