Typical festive Halloween activities include attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films....
"Typical..." - is never where we live at FRONTLINE...
So we headed off to KAOS HQ for a crazy night of life and death entertainment,this time we had Paul Moss along for the ride who kindly sponsored some lighting for the KAOS fund-raiser.
And we had our fair share of departed dead and martyrs attend.. everyone from Death who was making a killing on the door sales to Pirates ready to plunder and pillage.
We met up with Katie Roberts who was running the show last night and made an excellent MC.
Being an avid Pole Performer herself she made a perfect MC as she knows the moves and the skills and difficulties involved in performing.
And it was great to work with her and Mei again.
Mei - "Aka "5 feet of fury" is another amazing character who is not only a Pole Performer but also a fellow martial artist,and not your typical art either she is a student of Wing Tsun 詠春 made famous of course by its most famous student Lee Jun-fan 李小龍 or more commonly known as Bruce Lee, who then went on and in his own way stylised (or bastardised) depending on how you view it his own art Jeet Kun Do or as its now known:
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do (振藩截拳道) - anyway lets not go down the Martial Arts tangent any further.
Short story she kicks ass and is really working her skills as a performer and martial artist.
It was a fantastic show that only slowed for a break.. it was a product of great organisation and great MC work and as usual a dollop of solid teamwork.
And after a bit of an education on how to be an audience from an experienced Pole Performer Katie herself.. they really started to respond and understand just how amazing the acts are and sheer power needed to perform some of these very difficult moves.
Off to a horrific start with two memory cards failing in both slots of my trusty Canon 5D MkIII I was left with no option but to go straight to my back up MkIII and start shooting with it until I could have a few seconds to work out exactly what had failed - This is the reason why any Pro-Photographer will have at least two camera's on site at a shoot.
The sensation of losing a camera during a shoot was truly horrible,it happened right during an act as well so I was in full shooting flight when the camera told me the cards were all full - 10mins into a gig I knew there was no way I had used almost 20GB.
Hannya - 般若 :
My Hannya mask was purchased in Japan in Sugamo Zizou it is a protective item from harmful spirits.
The Hannya mask is a mask used Noh theater, representing a jealous female demon or serpent. It possesses two sharp bull-like horns, metallic eyes, and a leering mouth split from ear to ear.
The most renowned character is Hannya, who is actually not a devil or a demon but passionate jealous woman, which feeling for revenge have reached extreme highs. - how awesome is that -
I actually have incredible faith in the 5D MkIII as its an absolute beast and designed with hard core outdoor users in mind and one thing I was pretty sure of was - was that it wasn't the camera - and of course it wasn't.
It was crap memory cards.
Kapi rolled out with freaky white eye's and a Santa costume as she started to gain speed the Santa suit went in all directions.
How she can spin upside down and grip with only minimal contact with the pole is absolutely beyond me.
A real rising star in the Pole community is KAOS's Kapi so watch this space.
Also check out the KAOS Facebook page and remember its a fantastic way to get fit and really build some amazing core an ancillary muscles - get in there - and its not just for the ladies there are a lot of guys involved as well.
I also had to laugh as Katie could just bust out the most awesome moves at the drop of her Police hat for demonstrations and technical explanations.
Also thanks as usual to Julia from KAOS for having such a great crew.
Many thanks to all for letting me come along to document your event -
Kind Regards to all Rob Wilson