About my work...
I create and produce performances in theatre, burlesque, music, dance, and circus arts to provide new, inciting live entertainment experiences. My production work varies; from thought provoking performances on specific topics such as mental health and LGBTQIA+ issues which ignite reflection and dialogue around important topics of social justice; to playful spectacles of circus and dance meant to inspire joy and human connection.
As a movement artist, I turn sound into a visual experience filled with tangible emotion and intentional, dynamic movement. I have a conversation with the audience through musicality, facial expression, and cleverly placed eye contact. A life-long admiration of vaudeville and comedy has infused my movement style with the build of tension and release, as well as physicality and satirical storytelling. My performances are dedicated to equal give and take between myself and the audience; an exchange of energy and the collective intention of sharing a present moment.
I teach because for me it’s a requirement to share such effective resources for empowerment, healing and liberation. Dance is a consistent mode of inspiration and healing in my life, and I watch it do the same for my students. Lives are changed through movement and expressive arts; namely for those deemed unworthy by society of engaging in them due to their shape, size, shade, or ability. I believe through dance, we uncover things about ourselves that have been buried beneath trauma, stress, oppression and social conditioning. I believe it's a place we can discover the strength and freedom to live as our authentic selves.
I want to smash the "starving artist" narrative by helping my fellow artists and creatives build successful careers. As an arts entrepreneurship consultant, I help artists learn and develop business skills; everything from career planning to social media and marketing. I have a lot of hard earned life experience being a career artists for the past ten years, as well as formal training from Springboard for the Arts, and I'm eager to share my knowledge to help others.
My visual work spans a variety of styles and themes; I work primarily with watercolor and acryclic paint.
Anti-oppression and body-liberation are important to me, so my acrylic pieces feature bodies that are under-represented in all aspects of society including art. These images are meant to start conversation about our biases and complicated relationship with our own bodies and the bodies of others. These works are also meant to celebrate and honor the exquisite beauty that comes in all human shape and forms.
My watercolor work is mostly light-hearted, fun pieces; soft, flowing bursts of color with ink drawings or calligraphy layered on top. I create intricate designs with delicate line work and pointilism, as well as sassy, humorous words or phrases in hand written scripts.
My story and a brief background...
I get asked all the time where my name came from.
My performance art career really kicked off with circus hula-hoop dancing, hence "Revolver".
Scarlette came to be because I was also a fire performer. My 20 year old logic was, "Well, fire is red, Scarlette is another name for red, and that name sounds pretty bad-ass."
And so here I am. Scarlette Revolver.
Before Scarlette Revolver came into existence eleven years ago, I was pursuing a career as a visual artist.
I attended college for a short time at St. Cloud State University as an art major.
Throughout high school and my younger days, I loved to paint and draw. I loved making everything around me beautiful. I've also held a passion for the performing arts since childhood, participating in school theatre productions and competitive speaking.
My desire to have a career as a visual artist shifted when I started dancing...
and when I realized college was not a great fit for me.
The path of my life shifted when I picked up a hula hoop.
I had always wanted to be a dancer, but because I didn't start at age 5 and was always a chubby kid, when I tried dance classes in the third grade I was overwhelmed, insecure, and teased.
I decided, "Okay, I guess dance isn't for me."
So other than in musical theatre or dancing my heart out in my bedroom, I let that mode of creative expression fall to the wayside.
Until I was 19 at a music festival and someone offered me a hula hoop.
Moving inside that plastic circle was the first time I felt like the fluid, beautiful, expressive dancer I knew I was.
It provided a safe access point to dance; the hoop was a prop that allowed me to move with something rather than on my own, which was entirely too vulnerable at the time.
I began dancing in my hoop every day, several hours per day.
I quickly met other circus people; aerialists, fire performers, jugglers, and burlesque dancers.
I started getting hired for paid gigs, and before I knew it my summer was booked with gigs and I was paying my bills eating fire and hula hooping.
I was at a gig in Minneapolis when I saw my first burlesque act.
As I watched this tattooed, curvy, high femme performer peel their costume away with a magnetic power and confidence
I'd never witnessed before; I was changed.
I wanted in.
Everything about it gripped me.
The confidence was intoxicating.
There was this amped up sexuality, but also sarcam and comedy.
Not to mention the glamour; the hair, the makeup, the rhinestones.
It was like a new relationship. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I watched every burlesque video I could find. I read books and online articles about burlesque history. I was in love.
From there, I started a burlesque and sideshow troupe called Carnivale Revolver.
Even though I was brand new to burlesque and had never produced a show before, I was determined to make something exciting, risque, and beautiful happen in my city.
Fortunately, the show grew tremendously and went on for five years.
It was a dream come true producing Carnivale Revolver.
I have been lucky to be able to produce a variety of burlesque, theatre, and other entertainment events over the past 8 years. Creating truly one-of-a-kind experiences for joy and human connection is an incredibly important piece of my artistic work.
Fast forward a bit to 2016, I decided to leave my work as a tattoo artist to open my own dance studio.
This was a huge risk to take...being I'd never run a brick and mortor business, was a new mom, and had basically no start up money.
All of those factors, on top of living in a world that pushes the "starving artist" narrative, I was met with a LOT of doubt. The people in my closest circle tried their hardest to talk me out of it, or at least get me to wait.
Cue one of my best and worst qualities; tenacity.
My mind was set that the time was now and I was determined to make it happen; and it seemed the more doubt I was met with, the more I wanted it.
(To be honest, I have a bit of what I like to call "fuck you energy". I'll gladly admit it's mostly childish, but hell if it hasn't come in really handy a few times.)
Opening and running my studio was incredibly difficult.
The first two years after opening, I went through the most challenging time of my life thus far.
And I learned more than I ever imagined.
About running a business, about being an artist; about being a leader, a parent, and most of all about myself.
Okay, I'm about to say that cheesy, moderately annoying line.
It's the same one I read in books written by entrepreneurs that made me roll my eyes and throw the book across the room.
But, it's the truth so here it is:
Despite how difficult and painful it was, I wouldn't trade it. I don't regret it at all.
Lucent Movement Arts operated in our own physical space for four and a half years.
The covid-19 pandemic presented it's own unique challenges and I made the difficult, but ultimately the best, decision to close our studio space and take classes back to pop-up locations and online.
I recently returned to tattooing, and feel tremendously grateful I get to make art everyday.
Hi! My name is Scarlette Revolver (they/them).
Thanks for taking some time to check out my site and learn about me.
Here's the basics
I'm a strange combination of a daydreaming, deep-thinking hyper-creative and an organized, analytic, spreadsheet lover. A jack of all trades and master of none.
I'm a queer feminist, devoted parent and nature enthusiast.
I am a performance, visual artist, and tattooer. I am an arts entrepreunership consultant and teacher. I own a dance and performance company called Lucent Movement Arts.
My purpose for creating art is to shift narratives, start conversations, make room for beauty and joy, hold space for human connection, and help others discover their own healing from within.