“I had already been working with [Evyn] when she was a part of Bijoulette in the early days and knew we worked well together by the magic that we created,” Desmond says.
The film follows a single day in the life of Desmond’s Granny. That day just so happens to be her birthday, but she's forgotten, so she begins the day like any other. She feeds her many cats, then takes them to the grocery store. Hijinks ensue before Granny returns home and is surprised by her friends who want to take her out on the town to celebrate another year around the sun. To film those scenes, Evyn says many Grannies descended upon an event at the Belasco Theater where they performed a dance surprisingly, yet fittingly raunchy.
"In the nature of what we do, the Grannies were in character as soon as we left home base," Evyn says. "We wanted to try to capture that immersive magic in this film."
The film also contains numerous cameos, including one by internet favorite, Sergio the Sexy Sax Man. The song and dance numbers, which were conceived with help from choreographer Kiani Del Valle and musician Jarina De Marco, are meant to show how animals in the Furlesque world perceive their surroundings.
"Part of what we wanted to do [with the film] is show how the animals see the world as a magical place," Walsh says. "We alternate between how humans and animals experience the world. The animals' points of view [contains] musical numbers."
If all goes well, Furlesque has many other stories to tell, all of which fit into the same world as Animal Skin. Some stories take place when Granny is younger and involved in the circus life. Naturally, those animals are the sorts one would find in a circus (Evyn envisions that proceeds from this show would go to charities dedicated to ending the mistreatment of animals in modern circuses). Another involves Bella and her true love and their children, set years after the events of Animal Skin.
It all sounds weird... and tantalizing, right? You can watch some previews now on Vimeo and follow them on Facebook -- and, maybe, see them in the aisles at Whole Foods.