OBSKYURA – The Documentary by Melissa M. Gordon

OBSKYURA profiles Toronto burlesque dancer and performance artist who goes by the stage name, “Obskyura.” This documentary film explores the character’s psyche in her quest for self-expression, but more importantly, self-discovery. The film considers her personal experiences within the world of rejection and acceptance, further exploring how these problems are manifest throughout her performance work and personal life.

Filmmaker/Editor/Cinematographer: Melissa M. Gordon
Burlesque Videographer: Tatiana Rodriguez
Bathtub Performance Art – “Psychosuicide”: Obskyura
Music: Ian Hughes, Chaz Kkoshi, Zacharia Hajishacalli, and Phillip Guyler

The opening of this documentary was screened at the TIFF Bell lightbox theatre in Toronto, On, Canada last year on June 2, 2012.  I remember sweating in nervous anticipation before the screening.  I even recall the exact details of the day to a tee.  It had been raining since morning and for one of the first times ever Toronto discovered that the mighty Union station could flood.  It was a very dreary day.  The documentary was filmed by the very talented Melissa M. Gordon who took well over one year to get to know  me, ask me some very intense and uncomfortable personal questions and document the experiences and processes  before, during and after my performances.  While the documentary was originally to be a documentation of my performances, the emotional content revealed as time passed ended up taking precedence over straight performance documentation.  Really, the documentary was very succinct in the end in capturing the inner workings of myself and my world as expressed through my performances.  They reflect my inner journey, my personal story and expression to the world.  The developmental process of the performance pieces heals, while the performance on stage itself reveals.  The end result is always an existing high that takes me to places beyond this world.  Happiness, freedom and connection with people and the universe in which performance ensues.  This documentary depicts the old Obskyura, today she has evolved, in fact, everyday she is involving.  The documentary timeline depicts the period of early 2011 to late 2011.

I was unable to share this documentary to this day as it is touches upon extremely emotional topics which I then dealt with which manifested through my Art and Performances.




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