First off, who am I? Well, you probably know my name is Diamond Minx. I’ve been performing burlesque since 2002 and before I got into burlesque I was a pro stiltwalker and fire performer.
Over the last 17 years I’ve evolved as a performer. I know, 17 years! My burlesque career is old enough to graduate high school! I started out very inspired by “classic” burlesque - fancy gowns, feather boas, fans, and glamour. My fondness for this style continues to influence many of my acts. As I’ve grown, I’ve found a deep love for nerdlesque. The art of weaving pop culture themes together with striptease to tell a story.
A lot of my acts these days focus on aging. As a middle-aged performer I have a lot of feelings about this topic. Expressing that in my art comes naturally. This shows up in my nerdlesque acts with older female characters – Cruella de Vil and Professor McGonagall in particular. Cruella is a conventional number, but McGonagall has a message – saying that older women are still sexual beings (even prim and proper ones). My newest act references Sue Storm (Invisible Woman from the Fantastic Four) but only obliquely – showing how women become more and more invisible in public as we age.
One of the things I like most about burlesque is how adaptive the art form is. Performers decide what we want to say on stage - whether it’s funny, silly, sad, contemplative, or simply that we’re feeling ourselves. Vamping around with a feather boa is no more legit than pouring stage blood and fake entrails down your body. There aren’t a lot of other stage genres that allow such personal storytelling. It’s wonderful when performances resonate with audiences.
That new number I mentioned? I’ll be performing it at Bechdel Test Burlesque at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, November 30. I am SO stoked for this show! Smart, funny, and socially aware, with a fantastic intersectional cast of performers from Seattle and Vancouver.
Tickets here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/12661-bechdel-test-burlesque
I’m also appearing this weekend at the inaugural Isle of Tease Burlesque Festival in Victoria BC. I'm doing my revamped Mae West number (again with loving those older women!)
One of my favorite videos:
Over the years I’ve seen a lot of burlesque, and I’d like to share some of the memorable acts I’ve seen with you!
In keeping with the nerdlesque theme of this newsletter, here is a video of one of my favorite all time nerdy numbers, Stripperquest by Nasty Canasta from New York (The Girl with the 44 Double-D Brain!)
Click image or link to view: https://vimeo.com/105811375
Let’s start with a basic – cleaning.
After a couple of times on the stage, costumes can start to smell not so great. Are there makeup stains, sweat stains, or dirt smudges on your rhinestoned pieces? What do you do? Here are some options: