Where does one start with Ophelia Bitz? Describing herself as a ‘Fire-eating vocalist, ring-mistress, compere and performance artist with a reputation for stealing hearts, drinks, and anything else not nailed to the table,,” this only skims the surface of this fabulously filthy filly. Imagine Dorothy Parker, with a dash of Edgar Allen Poe, a predilection for porn and a shaker full of cocktails to hand and you get more of an idea.
Bitz created and curates ArtWank, “a well-dressed excuse to watch vintage skin flicks, a space to debate art, sex and aesthetic, the crucible of a new generation of sexual sophisticates and political perverts.” Cliterati’s founder spoke at the first ever ArtWank, which has subsequently spread from Brighton to London, and now Bitz is taking the show to the Festival of the Erotic Arts and Edinburgh Festival (book tickets here)
And then there’s her performance. Sharing stages and screens with Derren Brown, Tim Burton, The Tiger Lillies, Paul Zennon, The Puppini Sisters and popstar Mika as well as touring her own brand of outrageous sexy comedy across Europe, USA, Australia and the UK Ophelia is the ultimate all-round entertainer. Martyn Jacques of The Tiger Lillies said of her, “Dirty, witty, fabulous: Ophelia Bitz is f*cking hilarious”
Whether commanding audiences of thousands as she hosts glittering burlesque and circus shows, enchanting underground cabaret clubs with her powerful and expressive voice or risking life and limb as she executes traditional sideshow stunts with fire, broken glass and rubber lobsters, Ophelia gives everything her 20 years of stage experience have taught her and never leaves an audience unsatisfied wether she is hosting a life-drawing class in a shark tank (Brighton 2008) or creating a sacrilegious musical in an Austrian prison (2007).
Draped with her menagerie of faux circus animals (two headed wolves, winged monkeys, rubber lobsters) Ophelia looks as striking as she sounds. Boasting a cleavage as deep as her mind is broad and striding the stage on perilously expensive shoes, Ms Bitz leaves a lasting impression.
As Time Out London said, “Bitz may have the voice of an angel but she also has the mouth of a filthy gutter-slut. We expect great things”
We couldn’t agree more.
Note: After writing this piece, we were lucky enough to get Ms Bitz into The Cliterati as Artcore Editor. We are not worthy. Well, actually, we are – but she’s an amazing addition to the team.