The Burlesque Herald took a long haul flight across the pond to Los Angeles for an exclusive interview with Lillian Dujour. We joined Lillian on her ‘Boudoir Burlesque’ Show in LA.
Lillian how did you come up with your stage name and whom was your inspiration ?
Lillian DuJour is my Burlesque Stage Name. I had a great-great aunt who was a young girl in the 1920’s. “I remember my Mom and her sisters talking about ‘how resque’ my Aunt Lilly was…”when she passed away they found several very sexy lingerie items in her bedroom!!
It felt like a perfect match to use her name for my Burlesque name. I was struggling with my Burlesque last name and one day in my doctor’s office, he had a magazine in the waiting room that was called DuJour! That was it!!!! Lillian DuJour was officially born.
I remember dancing and singing all the songs from Gypsy Rose Lee/musical when I was 5yrs. old.
I started competitive figure staking and I hold double gold medals in the US and Canada as an Elite Figure Skater; An Ice Show Performer, Coach and Choreographer (over 40 yrs).
Where do you live and how do you think burlesque is received ?
I live in Newport Beach, CA which is about 40 miles south of LA/Hollywood. This area is beautiful…but so are the people. Lot’s of ‘perfection’ is very common in my City….plastic surgery, high end homes, luxury cars etc. We currently do not have any Burlesque in my area and I am meeting with a venue tomorrow about bring it here. It will be challenging to a degree because of the body image perfection that illuminates in this area…This is why it has not been excepted before in Orange County where Newport Beach is located. But I am hoping to make a difference for all women here. PRAY please.
So aftering hearing so many of my friends going though depression (because they are divorce in their 50’s) they feel like life is over! AND I did not want to fall into that category!!!! So I was thing ‘what can I do that new, challenging, and a lot of fun with the experiences I have had in my life?
AH…BURLESQUE Perfect fit as I am a showgirl at heart and I am passionate about living life fully and being ‘sexy at any age’! So I have officially Jumped from ice skating into Pasties
“I’m 61yrs. Right now and married to a man that I met when I was still performing in ice shows….15 yrs. my junior..he’s 46.”
I believe being silly and sexy has kept me young at heart (also no kids…my skating students were my kids throughout the years) I have much younger friends and it helps not looking my age…. but it stems from my attitude, I believe.
I’m coming up to my 1 yr. anniversary and not only have I been able to be booked pretty consistently since the first of the year, but I have been in an Indie full feature film as a Burlesque Artist and I have been interviewed with a motivational magazine. So I am extremely grateful for all the wonderful opportunities.
I have always had a passion for these 2 things….to make a difference in peoples lives, by helping them become the best they can be AND performing. What a perfect find…Burlesque. Empowering Women & I’m back under the spot lights!
Have you or would you like to perform in Las Vegas ?
LAS VEGAS funny you should ask !!!
My parents started taking me there when I was only 3 yrs.old. Back in the days when kids were not allow at all in the casinos. So I did grow up seeing all the lights and shows on the Strip. So maybe that is where I got the love for glitter & glam.
Several of my professional skating friends ended up there…so they could stay in the biz after ice skating days and work behind the scenes now.
I have not performed there, however when I was skating I was asked to perform at an opening and I did for that one off when I was a teenager.
I do go to see new shows and it is a 4 hour drive from Newport Beach.
This past week I performed in Hollywood and this next week I will be in San Diego.
The first burlesque act on video that I saw and really enjoyed was Charlotte Treuse video from the 6th annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival…her rocking horse act. When I saw it, I say ‘she performs like I would like to do/or what I knew was my style….playful/sexy/confident/can laugh at herself etc. Also the Act is awesome along with her costuming. OK if this is burlesque, I want IN.
It was an easy start with my ice skating background. However, I am stretching and growing constantly and have added ‘more of acts’ rather than dancing.
For the new school year to start, I have created a Naughty School Teacher Act
And for the darker shows, I have a Bondage Act.
I am currently in productions for Halloween & Christmas Acts and not sure exactly what my vision is yet.
Any suggestions? LOL
Thank you Lillian for your time with us today and We please accept our best wishes for the promotion of your shows in Newport Beach, We appreciate how hard it is to promote shows.
From Lillian’s website www.LillianDujour.com –
“Lillian has uniquely fused her experience as a principle ice show performer and the sexiness of burlesque into a graceful stage presence, where she playfully interacts with and teases her audiences.”
“With the resurgence of Burlesque throughout the Country, Lillian is raising the standard and awareness of the art of Burlesque in Orange County and the surrounding areas.”
Performing at lounges, private events, dancing alongside live blues & jazz bands; she adds flare to open mic nights and creating acts for supper clubs, conventions, festivals and also for charity entertainment.
Lillian is an artist with an exquisite eye for detail. Lillian bring years of experience as a choreographer to enhance her craft of vintage tease!