Waxie Moon (performer)

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Waxie Moon in the audience at the premiere of the documentary A Wink and a Smile at the Egyptian Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA, as part of the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival. A Wink and a Smile premiere 01.jpg
Waxie Moon in the audience at the premiere of the documentary A Wink and a Smile at the Egyptian Theater, Seattle, Washington, USA, as part of the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival.

Waxie Moon is a gender-bending neo-burlesque persona of the performer Marc Kenison. Kenison studied modern dance at Juilliard School and acting at University of Washington. During his six years dancing for the Jose Limon Company, Kenison performed for the White House and toured other parts of the world, including the war-torn Sarajevo and El Salvador. After co-founding the Washington Ensemble Theater in Seattle, Kenison turned to burlesque and created Waxie Moon, whom he describes as "the gender-blending queer lady boylesque performance art solo stripping sensation". [1] [2]

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In 2009 Waxie Moon became the subject of Wes Hurley's documentary of the same name. [3] The documentary Waxie Moon won several awards including Best Local Film at the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Jury Award at Queer Fruits Festival in Australia and Best Film at Love Unlimited Film Festival. The film is distributed by TLA Video. [4] Waxie Moon is also the star and co-writer of Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel , a cult comedy directed by Wes Hurley and was featured in A Wink and a Smile by Deirdre Timmons. [5]

Wes Hurley is an American movie director, writer and producer. He is known for his ongoing collaborations with Seattle's popular theater, drag, and cabaret performers and artists including Waxie Moon, Sarah Rudinoff, Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLaCreme, Jackie Hell, and others. Born and raised in Vladivostok, Russia Hurley is best known for raising awareness of human rights violations in Russia and for his cult films including Waxie Moon, Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel, Zolushka, Peter and the Wolf and the popular series Capitol Hill.

Waxie Moon is a documentary directed by Wes Hurley and centered on the gender-bending Juilliard-trained burlesque performer, Waxie Moon. The film captures the burgeoning and mostly-queer neo-burlesque community in Seattle in the 2000s. It features interviews with dozens of performers and artists, including the burlesque icons Miss Dirty Martini and Tigger!, author and performer Marya Sea Kaminski, drag superstar BenDeLaCreme, and many others. The film also includes the original song, titled "Waxie Moon", which was inspired by James Bond scores. The song was composed by Eric Lane Barnes of the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, and performed by Sarah Rudinoff and Paul Rosenberg. Waxie Moon premiered in Austin, Texas and went on to screen at the Anthology Film Archives, Echo Park Film Center, and at many festivals around the world, including a dozen screenings in Seattle. The film won Best Local Film at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Film at Queer Fruits Film Festival in Australia, and Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Soundtrack at Love Unlimited Film Festival. It is available on video from TLAvideo.

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In 2009 Waxie Moon, Lou Henry Hoover and Inga Ingenue co-founded the dance troupe "Dance Belt" which has been voted the Sexiest Dance Troupe by The Stranger. [6]

In 2014, artist Anna-Lisa Notter unveiled a large mural of Waxie Moon above Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market. [7]

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Waxie Moon is the star of Wes Hurley's acclaimed comedy series Capitol Hill which premiered in 2014 on Huffington Post and is distributed in Europe by OutTV. [8]

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Footnotes

  1. "A Waxing Moon by Brendan Kiley - Seattle Theater - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper". Thestranger.com. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  2. "Seattle's Waxie Moon: Burlesque Performer For A New Century | KUOW News and Information". Kuow.org. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  3. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1351269
  4. "Buy Waxie Moon on DVD | TLA Gay". Tlavideo.com. 2012-06-25. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  5. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245369
  6. "Waxie MoonKing of Rats, Volga Boy, Snowflake, Blossom | Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker". Land of the Sweets. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wes-hurley/waxie-moon_b_5974704.html
  8. http://jetspacestudio.com/dancers-and-drag-queens-and-bears-oh-my-the-return-of-capitol-hill/

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