(or Radha Fagan aka V. Adm. Narasimhan)
Address & Phone given out on an as needed basis, but we live and work in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.
Shows within about 250 miles of there are attended generally without travel expenses required, but if requested to perform at a location further away, we generally require plane tickets in order to be able to attend.
Radha and Ramon have won awards for their Steampunk Ensembles at The Crow Museum, Con DFW, and The Kraken Rum contest. They also have modeled steamunk ensembles and educated about them at a variety of conventions, museums, and public events.
For pictures of a recent performance, use these links:
We are often asked how many times can you perform on stage each day? For paid performances, we can perform every 4 hours if you like, unless we are also running panels or teaching classes which we also count as a performance. As straight class or lecture requires little preparation, but we often work a brief performance into such classes as a practical demonstration, causing even panels/classes, to sometimes require costume changes or preparation time etc. For unpaid pro-bono performances, we are normally only asked to perform once per day in exchange for free passes to the event and a small space to set up a portable table to share information about ourselves, our designs, our wares, etc. If we have more than 3 members coming; however, we are fine with providing more as we are better able to do more and still see enough of the event to write a decent review.
Writing reviews of any event is good promotion for the event and pretty much risk free, as Ramon does not like to publish really negative reviews. Readers actually can gauge his reaction to an event more by the length of the review, than any criticisms in it, as we are here to promote good efforts at performance art rather than tear down anyone's efforts. While Ramon does comment on what is great, good, or could stand improvement (otherwise the reviews would lose all credibility), if he cannot write a mostly positive review of an event, he simply never submits the review for publication at all.
(Please note: as Steampunk is a meaningful subculture to us, we don't often use the term costume, but we realize it is a useful descriptive term for the various types of ensembels we create for the different centuries our fictional characters work in as well as for special characters or alter egos that we sometimes present.)
Radha Fagan, aka vice Admiral Radha Narasimhan, is Kali's Hourglass' Artistic Director, Dance Director, dancer, actress, and one of our costumers. She studied Traditional Hatha Yoga and Meditation from the age of 5 and began ballet even before that. She studied dance at a more professional level of intensively in Shreveport , La and was selected to perform professionally for a ballet company in New York city that performed both locally and internationally for many years. After a foot injury she shifted focus to other forms of dance and worked as a professional Yoga Instructor.
Her education background is in other areas with a degree in mental health nursing (RN level) and a bachelors in Anthropology with specialization in Asian Studies.
She co-led the Sufi Dances of Universal Peace group in Shreveport for some years and also studied and performed traditional spiritual dances and performance arts from various historical cultures for several years in the same city. After she married and moved to Texas, she studied, trained and performed Aztec Dances for 5 years with the traditional Grupo Estandarte Ollin Tonatzin out of Dallas, Texas. Since then she has studied some belly dance and incorporated that and other ethnic dance styles into her own unique blend and repertoire of interpretive dance. Also during her time in Texas she co-starred in a great number of passion plays that presented a poetic retelling of Celtic Myths which were similar to performances she had done related to cultures from around the world back in Shreveport.
Recent or Scheduled Acting Roles:
In the acting realm, Radha was selected to portray one of the dancers at the Queen's party in the upcoming Marquis of Vaudville Alice in Wonderland based silent film "A Clockwork Wonderland Promotional Video Shoot". http://artofsteampunk.blogspot.com/2011/01/clockwork-wonderland-marquis-of.html
She will also have major dual roles as both "Lady Carnevale", the delegate from the powerful (but very Machiavellian) Venician Republic and as her typical Steampunk Character, Vice Admiral Radha Narasimhan of the Covenant of the Kraken in the upcoming "murder mystery theatre" styled 1 day Steampunk convention called The Difference Engine Summit, and again as her standard character at the 3 day similar event The Difference Engine World Conference in December 30th, 2011.
In the comedy realm Radha recently performed at Yulecon 2010, at the Steampunk Illumination Society Meeting Dec. 16th, 2010, and at Marquis of Vaudville’s Steampunk Winter Wonderland on Jan 22nd, 2011.
Ramon was selected to perform as the host of a series of sci-fi/horror spoofs called “Night Class” being produced by a film group at the University of North Texas, and the original pilot for the TV series is finalizing in production. In this he portrays an eccentric professor who teaches the night class and sets up and ends each episode. The character was described as a cross between “Professor Snape” of Harry Potter fame and “Dr. Frankenstein”. http://vimeo.com/20183496
Ramon is acting as the Red Queen's lead personal guard chasing Alice all through Wonderland, and Radha was selected to portray one of the dancers at the Queen's party in the upcoming Marquis of Vaudville Alice in Wonderland based silent film "A Clockwork Wonderland Promotional Video Shoot".
He played a starring role as Admiral Ramon Leon del Mar of the Covenant of the Kraken in the upcoming "murder mystery theater" styled 1 day Steampunk convention called The Difference Engine Summit, and again as Adm. Leon del Mar at the 3 day similar event The Difference Engine World Conference in December 30th, 2011. He has presented this character as a mobil or improv performer at a variety of conventions including the Goblin Market at the 2012 Steampunk World's Fair.
In the comedy realm Ramon and Radha recently performed at Yulecon 2010, at the Steampunk Illumination Society Meeting Dec. 16th, 2010, and at Marquis of Vaudville’s Steampunk "Clockwork Wonderland" on Jan 22nd, 2011.
Pennie has classical training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, and many other styles of dance in addition to developing her own unique style of dance for the stage. She is also a highly trained fencer, which we use in some plays, and assists our "fight director' with training actors for sword scenes. Pennie also assists in educational content creation as the group's official research professional making good use of her Master's Degree in library sciences. Pennie also has extensive experience assisting with conventions of all types which has been very valuable in terms of advising us about the best ways to interface with that type of venue and community. She assists in prop creation and teaching about prop creation through panel discussions at conventions. While she is one of our primary dancers, she also plays a modest, unassuming, ship's cook that is secretly a great swords-woman and very dangerous with a frying pan! She will play this major character role at both 1 day Steampunk convention called The Difference Engine Summit, and again at the 3 day similar event The Difference Engine World Conference in December 30th, 2011.
This actress has many years of formal acting courses as well as training in most classical forms of dance, as well as Ballroom, Ballet Folklorico, Hula, and Tahitian Hula Dancing. She also has training as a singer and should be helping with some of our new songs being prepared for stage. Charity also has shown real talent as an artist. Due to her stage experience, and her ability to confront actors in rehearsals about stage errors in a forthright, yet respectful and jovial manner, she was recruited primarily as our troupe's stage director, but also plays a number of roles as the "Ship's Tinker" (Tinker, in this context, means mechanical genius, repairman, and/or inventor as needed- (Think of the role of chief engineer from Star Trek) and/or "Ship's Sorceress". These roles usually stem from her typical character and stage personae, which derives from her many years of improvisational character acting at Renaissance Fairs, and her work running a large network of "Fairy" and "Magical Creatures" oriented group of said performers that can be found on the Face Book Group Site listed simply as "Fantasy and Magical creatures of Notchwood". Her title on board the Kali's Hourglass varies from day to day, as she has multiple talents, an unusual fund of Esoteric knowledge, and her character is rumored to actually be an actual Fairy Queen, on sabbatical (looking for a cure) due to a curse that causes her to be quite mad on alternate Thursdays, most of the time anyway. Most of the time, we simply use the title "Tinker" (meaning machine expert in Fairy, not to be confused with the colloquial term for Irish Gypsies), but occasionally, she is referred to as our invention consultant, and in a real pinch or in time of battle, the "Ship's Sorceress", but as our fictional back story has us often operating in the era of historical witch hunters and the "Inquisition" that title is kept kind of "hush hush" most of the time. She will play this major character role at both 1 day Steampunk convention called The Difference Engine Summit, and again at the 3 day similar event The Difference Engine World Conference in December 30th, 2011. She will also play an Aztec Shaman in one of our comedic plays at Allcon 2011.