What inspired you to start burlesque?
I grew up watching old movies and the women were so glamorous and yet in control of everything. My passion growing up was singing and theater but I never quite fell in love with opera or Broadway 120% but still loved the stage and found burlesque incorporated all the theater facets like makeup, costuming, writing and choreography in a glittery fun package. After years of watching the Infernal Doll Factory grow as a savage burlesque group and loved the freedom, creativity and really pushing the envelope with subject matter and gore I was curious to try my hand but in a less intense way. My Sfriend Sammy Sutra started her own burlesque production company and asked me to perform….I only sang and did a tame fan dance but was hooked.
I am a 33 year old married mother of a 4th grade girl. I have been involved in burlesque for a while and performing for a year. Discovering burlesque as an art form and getting involved both happened in my thirties after wife and mother were both established titles. Though this is not uncommon in our trade, it does present different obstacles than someone that was performing pre-family.
I decided to interview my husband and daughter to get their take. I wanted to know how it has affected my husband to have a wife that was a retail manager and mom when we met become a woman busy with shows, costumes, rehearsals, workshops—OH and taking her clothes off for people on stage. Also though, I was curious to see how it is viewed by my young, impressionable 9 year old girl.
This week's Burlexplanation brought to you by:
Minnie Ryder and spray adhesive craft glue
A few days after a recent show my curious three year old discovered remnants of Mommy's "Dance Party" night on the side of my calf. After a quick glance at the large black circular shape of gunk with lines criss-crossing through it my ever so supportive hubby states "There must be a burlexplanation for this one". Hence, a new name was born for the mishaps, trials, and/or leftovers relative to practicing the broadly creative art form of burlesque.