Amourous Ava pushes the creative boundaries of burlesque, exploring the strange, the beautiful, the comedic, and occasionally the absurd. A performer with expansive range who utterly embodies every fibre of each of her wild, endearing, theatrical, imaginative and kooky characters.
‘Amourous Ava, a character described as “Part wolf, part grrl and part naked,” brings out the audience’s inner freak with her hypnotic dance routine.’ – Theatreview
‘Amorous Ava is a creative force who surprises and enthrals with her wit, humour and artistic flair. Whether depicting an evangelical priest, a B-Grade movie monster or even a dolphin, Ava redefines the scope of burlesque and always leaves you wondering what’s next.’ – Fanciforia Foxglove, 2015 NZ Supreme Grand Tease Champion
‘Electrifying’ – Adam Baines, photographer
Since 2011 Amourous Ava has romped gleefully across stages large and small throughout New Zealand and Australia. An Auckland-based performer, she has appeared in the Australian and New Zealand Burlesque Festivals, Auckland City Limits, The Big Burlesque Blowout, Classique/Erotique, The Menagerie, Grandiose Burlesque, Speakeasy Burlesque, Maison de Tease, and many more.
Amourous Ava was voted ‘Most Innovative’ in the New Zealand Burlesque Festival Golden Garter Awards 2014 and 2015, and co-won ‘Favourite Costume’ in 2015. Among other accolades, she was awarded ‘Most Terrifying’ at Grand Tease 2016, of which she is perversely proud. She is also the founding editor of Pastie Politics, a journal that explores the intersection of burlesque and feminism.
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