Surrounding Kitty Nights Burlesque’s 6th anniversary in Vancouver on January 19, 2014, Thunderbird.ca journalists Ally Quinney and Jeri Knopp take a peek into Burgundy Brixx’s world in this audio slideshow. (photo above by fubarfoto)
Burlesque Hall of Fame legend give us the low-down on being so ridiculously fantastic, her performance style and her epic summer burlesque road trip.
Greetings to all my crafty and inquisitive kittens out there!
Probably the most frequent question I’m asked by people in regards to my work in burlesque is how I come up with my ideas for my numbers and costuming. I never know how to answer that. The answer is never simple and never the same, but my process has seemed to evolve into a similar structure each time, so I’ve decided to invite you all to join me on my journey into my next crazy project with this photo/instructional blog in the hopes that the idea of creation will be less alien and somewhat demystified as I try to deconstruct my process for you. It’s a lot more about creative engineering than sewing, and having the flexibility to allow your concept evolve as you see what you are (and are not) capable of creating.
Jo Weldon is the Author of the “The Burlesque Handbook”, Performer, Founder & Headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, Leader and Inspiration to so many in the Global Burlesque community. In addition to all of these things, she’s also incredibly cool, interesting and a great interview. She speaks with Tink on her many projects and accomplishments. Watch the Interview and then check out a couple of her awesome performances:
Dear Nude -
This is a situation that’s been coming up a lot. I’ve had to deal with it myself, and it’s one of the main reasons why I’ve coined the term “Burlethics”, pertaining to our responsibility as artists to this very particular art form.
While early burlesque (prior to the 1920′s or so) certainly was not about the nudity, one of the main components of our art as a part of the Burlesque Revival is the art of striptease. Period. To present any show calling itself ”Burlesque” as a part of our movement without incorporating the art of peeling is disrespecting the art form and the entire community. The more the public sees “Burlesque” that is watered down and sanitized for mass consumption, the more we lose our hard-fought ability to perform neo-burlesque striptease acts in clubs and theatres across the world.
That being said, if your troupe or company is not just a burlesque company, but are also trained performers in other formats such as vaudevillians, musicians or a dance company and you’re able to provide a great show under a different company or performer name while NOT using the term “Burlesque”, then by all means take the gig, take the money and entertain the people! It’s just that when we mis-represent ourselves as Burlesque Artists, we lose power and it’s even more difficult to regain that power once we’ve given it up for a few measly dollars. We all have a responsibility as part of this community to do our best to keep the art-form alive and moving forward.
We’re here! We’re nude! Get used to it!