What Burlesque Means to me – One from the Archives – Updated June 2022
✨What Burlesque Means to me – One from the Archives – Updated June 2022✨
It’s Trixie here. I am taking over the House of Trixie Blue blog to discuss the B word… no not bottoms or boobies (well it does incorporate those things) I am talking about BURLESQUE!
This blog is a purely personal insight into my own thoughts about burlesque and I am excited to share them with you all.
Photo Richard Shepherd Photography
To put my burlesque world into context, I have always been fascinated by the art of striptease, glamour modelling and musical theatre (Cats, the best musical EVER) and burlesque amalgamates those passions into one singular art form. With burlesque, I can live my dream of being that stripping, posing pussy cat – PURRRRR!!!
Burlesque has totally rocked my world for a number of years. It has taken me places I have never thought I would go to, create acts I never thought I would create (Flash Gordon amongst others) and I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting such incredible people, through the fabulous people I teach, the supportive audience members who attend the shows and other fantastic and talented burlesque performers and producers. In other words burlesque is the absolute best!
It has taught me many different things about myself and nurtured existing realisations. I always have loved being a rudey nudey but have channelled that into a performance platform with burlesque, rather than just being starkers in the house. It has taught me that with hard work, determination and a bit of shimmer, I can be whoever I want to be…and that person sometimes that is a showgirl/stripper/producer/teacher/audience member.
Burlesque also assisted in my choice to work in strip clubs in my 30’s. One of the best experiences I have had, so much fun. I enjoyed the way working in clubs informed my burlesque performance and gave further insight to the American burlesque legends, who contributed in paving the way for our contemporary reimagining of the art form.
Burlesque has given one of my other passions a regular outing and that is MAKE UP! I am a huge fan of make up and I can wear a shovel full of the stuff because burlesque permits it, heck burlesque permits near enough anything.
It has also shown me how much I love meeting new people, producing, creating, talking, travelling, having burlesque bants in my pants and has been with me throughout the whole of my 20’s and now carrying me (safely, I hope) into my 30’s and with bad behaviour into my 40’s.
Not only is burlesque my business, I love burlesque so blooming much that, for my sins, I completed a Masters of Research degree specialising in the burlesque film genre (1950’s to present think Irvine Klaw rather than Christina). I also started a PhD, specialising in Burlesque with a theme similar to above. I unfortunately became too poorly bear to complete it. What a ball ache eh?
So there we have it, burlesque means the world to me, I live, breathe, sleep, dream and love burlesque. I can’t get enough of it.
I do hope you enjoyed reading my ramblings and I would absolutely love to know what burlesque means to you personally. Please feel free to comment, share, express as I always love hearing from you all.
Much love and shimmies
Updated works from Feb 2015
- Posted in: Burlesque