I am sure many of you have seen the Official Press Release sent out by Talloolah Love about her leaving Syrens of the South. If not I have copied and pasted it below so you may read her letter. I know that this may be a shock to many of you but the announcement has been around a year in the making. For personal reasons she is needing to take her leave but she will be greatly missed. She has been an amazing dance partner, co-producer, press manager and friend for many years now and for that I will always be grateful. I am sad to say that I talked her into staying longer then perhaps was best for her because I was trying to find a replacement to help run Syrens, I realize now that there will never be a replacement for her role and it'll take 3-4 people to get the same amount of love and dedication that she had for this project. After her break, if she ever decides to come to a Syrens event as an audience member, independent performer or guest teacher she will be welcomed with open arms and an open heart.
I am not going to lie, my first instinct was to shut down Syrens as it has been overwhelming since she stepped down in January as a daily manager and went to only helping with the events themselves and occasional guidance as a sounding board and someone to proof the press releases as we all know I can't spell. Multiple people have contacted me since her announcement to offer their help and their desire to keep Syrens of the South going. I will need to take a break after we perform at the Art-B-Q in June to regroup, discuss what needs to be done hopefully we'll be back on track by our third anniversary show scheduled for August. As of right now I do not know if there will be a Mechanical Masquerade in July, please give me until June 1st to make that decision.
We will be moving out of our studio space so I do hope to see many of you at the Yard Sale on May 23rd. There will be costumes, props, a small refrigerator, shelving, clothing racks, fabric for $2 a yard, trims, rolls of ribbon, appliqués, patterns, etc.... There will also be the last of the House of Le Roux items that we commissioned including corsets, dresses, and lots of period and pirate garb, which will all be on clearance as we will not have enough room to store everything.
Thank you, Talloolah, for everything and know you will be greatly missed. I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors and hope you find happiness. You are an amazing person and performer, I hope you never forget that.
This is my public declaration of my severance from Syrens of the South Productions, LLC. It’s been an amazing three years and the direction Katherine is taking it is beautiful and amazing. I only wish that I could be a part of it. But as with all good things, they must come to an end.
Due to personal reasons, I have chosen to take this very difficult path and leave something that has taken much of my blood sweat and tears. It is with a very heavy heart that I make this decision everyone, and I will miss the organization very much, the students who have come to their own, and the performers who have made me laugh, made me cry, and made me a better performer in the process. I will be fulfilling my performance obligations for the next two months and then taking a breather before considering going back to the stage as a fully independent performer. This will be the first time in my career that I have ever considered being fully independent, and I may decide that running the Burlesque and Cabaret Club is enough as of right now, I do not know.
My love and adoration to the Atlanta Burlesque Scene knows no bounds… we are truly blessed to be surrounded by such talent, such support, and such an amazing learning environment, not just from the performers, but the photographers, the bands, the fans… all of it! My heart swells with love for everyone and I hope that even if I am no longer a Syren that everyone will still come to the meetings, and shows and have a beer with me! Or share in a good gin and tonic if you’ve a mind!
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All the best,