What happens when you attain one of your dream cosplays? You come up with a new costume to fill that spot, of course! Thanks to Black Mariah, I had done Sailor Mars, the first cosplay I ever wanted to do. I was perfectly satisfied with portraying the character until I saw the 2013 live-action musical Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon - La Reconquista. It differed from previous productions in having a woman play Tuxedo Mask, a.k.a. Mamoru Chiba or "Mamo-chan". Yuuga Yamato came from the all-female Takarazuka Revue so she had lots of experience playing the dashing male lead. I was smitten. I wanted to have a fraction of her coolness, and by extension, I found myself wanting to be Tuxedo Mask. The idea was further encouraged by discussions of a Sailor Moon cosplay group, which already had a Mars.
Around the same time, I discovered a cover of the anime's theme by Platina Jazz featuring Douglas Unger, "Moonlight Serenade". They added a tango touch while adapting the translated lyrics to Tuxedo Mask's point of view. The song just asked to be part of a burlesque number. Since I was working on my solo debut at the time, I filed that away in my brain.
|By Mr. Photopix|
No Mija Productions presents: Fuego Noche Tropicana might have been an unexpected show for the act, but I learned that you should always submit if you have an inkling of being a good fit. This being a Latin-themed production meant that I did have to properly incorporate tango into the choreography. Thankfully Youtube had a lot of helpful tutorials, and I mastered the basic 8-step for both the leader and follower, along with embellishments that could work in a solo routine.
|By Mr. Photopix|
The group number was a fun way to close a great first show for No Mija Productions, and while I wound up having a very tired Friday morning in lab, it was worth every bit of my energy. I came away ready to both do more with Fuego Danza Company (catch us at the San Antonio BurlesqueFestival) and with "Moonlight Serenade".