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Martini drinking Editor of a Burly Magazine/Periodical The Burlesque Herald. Also Promoter of The Bollinger Club Burlesque Show, Worthing. UK.

Burlesque in Decline ? Editorial Comment.

Burlesque in decline seems to be a subject matter grabbing the Burly threads of debate so far this summer.We constantly read show cancellations, as promoters and producers struggle to pull in the punters. But is it around to stay or a seasonal blip ? Some promoters have appealed to their peers to kick start the slump in ticket sales to support each others’ gigs.

Paid performers perhaps need to command less of a fee ……..

Arguably the Burly family by making visits to other promotion’s shows will help, but promoters are the forgotten lot. Frantically making bookings and finding venues acceptance and tolerance to Burlesques is a thankless task leaving promoters out of pocket.

 

Also and this is the contentious part  performers fees can also stretch the promoters budget into deficit  following on from advertising and promotions. Paid performers perhaps need to command less of a fee or assist in promoting their worthy presence at a show regularly in advance instead of leaving it to the ever last minute. In comparison to a performer who charges no fee, but advertises and brings a following are more appealing to Promoters budgets in breaking even.

…the general public may be put off by anything more than £5……

Attracting audiences is a strategic importance. Promoters having to be diligent in thinking to ticket price and location. The austere whipped general public are looking for a cheap night out on their doorstep. A low ticket fee is favourable and makes shows accessible to the many not the few. Of course a plush venue is attractive, but the general public may be put off by anything more than £5 for acts they know little about and sometimes not announced until the last minute. On the other hand venues at the heart of the community may be more in tune with the general public and with an night out accessible to all filled with performers from all over the country who are genuine Burly performers simply for the love.

Only time will tell if Burlesque is in decline, possibly dictated to by a hot summer as the public prefer to be outside instead off in front of their devices finding something to do . Choosing BBQs, festivals and holidays over shows.  A hot Summer may prove to long for Burlesque.

Bringing Burlesque to Orange County by Lillian Dujour.

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!!

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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).

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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?

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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!

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Bringing Burlesque to Orange County by Lillian Dujour.

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!!

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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).

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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?

20170501_124225_resized

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!

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Our Editorial Comment General Election 2017.

The 8th of June is General Election day here in the UK. Never in recent times has there ever been such a clear choice of policies presented to the people of the UK. Many of us in the Burly world have a daytime job and many of us have families to look after young and old.

Society needs more love and peace within its fabric. Over the years We have seen our public services put into neglect and decline. The NHS, Royal Mail, The police, The Arts, civil and workers rights has been eroded away. Take a walk along Brighton, Bournemouth and Worthing, what do you see ? The homeless ! We are one of the richest countries in the world and yet We see more homeless camped outside in the elements than ever before. This is a result of housing benefit cuts over the last seven years.

Massive profits have been made of workers’ back in exchange for very little job security. Many companies such Sports Direct have and continue to make huge profits off the back of poorly paid workers on zero hour contracts. We even have skilled staff in teaching making and shaping youngsters for Britain’s future on zero hour contracts ! We have NHS staff over worked and absorbing vacancies in our hospitals and We wonder why We have to wait for operations. All this for lack of funds, but there is always money for bombs and tax concessions to tax havens.

The Burlesque Herald see’s no justification in supporting a conservative Government, who has neglected its duty of care to its people through relentless cuts to our services and at the same time We pay more tax and more people are relying on foodbanks than ever before.

The Burlesque Herald urges all its readers to exercise your right to vote and vote to elect a Labour Government for a better life ! Vote Labour.

The Burlesque Herald exclusive with Seren Dippity.

The Burlesque Herald was really excited when We had the opportunity to interview Seren Dipity learning how She was introduced into Burlesque, who her influences are and of course her classy, sassy and alluring acts. This is our exclusive interview with Seren Dipity.
“…Andrea made it so much fun, that I stayed…”
We asked how Seren how She begun her journey into Burlesque –
I got started in Burlesque in August 2013, when I began classes with T&A Burlesque. I love to try new things and always up for a giggle. The teacher Andrea made it so much fun that I stayed and progressed onto doing solo work.

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Seren tolds us about her acts and influences….
My influence in Burlesque is every performer on the circuit working their beautiful bottoms off to create and innovate. We are all working hard to do something awesome and we are fighting a battle everyday. To idolise someone is good but to idolise a community means good can be done.
I perform an array of acts. Mostly because I am a curious person and when the inspiration hits me I run with it. I have 5 acts at the moment, but my strongest one is Tech Me Out! Which is my story in a simplified way.
It’s about a backstage technician who becomes a Burlesque star because she is dazzled by the spot light.
My acts, I love comedy and being fierce. I have spent the majority of my life in the background helping people, which is also a passion of mine. I love making people happy.
Tell our readers about some funny stories in Burlesque.
“Don’t be a Dick !!!”
Some funny stories… well I have a few but whether they’ll make it onto the blog is a different thing. I do some stage managing work for Hoots  ‘n’ Hooters. I work closely with the MC Dis Charge one of the fiercest Queens I know. When Dis tried to help me once I yelled ‘Don’t touch my sh*t!’ I don’t know why, it felt right. And it went down a storm.
And Miss Pin Up UK when I embarrassed Mr Dippity when I brought him up on Stage to show off the tattoo he had done of me.
Just remember to quote one of my awesome friends and it is a valuable life and work lesson. ‘Don’t be a dick.’

A walk on The Wild Side with Zelda Wilde as The Burlesque Herald plays its cards right.

The Burlesque Herald  takes a walk on the wild side with Zelda Wilde She a bad witch who captures the audience with  high energy, emotive performances. She has been described as very “bouncy.” Zelda has travelled around the world with her deck of tarot. Currently she teaches yoga in Brighton when she is not shimmying on the stage.
” When I went to a burlesque show to see a friend perform, I was enchanted.”
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How did you become interested in Burlesque?

I grew up in a very eccentric artist family. My father is a painter and my mother is an actress and a tarot reader. Outside my home I felt very out of place most of my youth. When I went to a burlesque show to see a friend perform, I was enchanted. I loved the variety of people performing and how all the performers seemed to embrace what made them different. Since then I fell madly and deeply in love with burlesque.


Where you have performed ?
I started modelling when I was 18 and eventually I got into go go dancing in various nightclubs. I got into burlesque later on and have been lucky enough to perform internationally since then alongside extremely talented and amazing performers.
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Which performers are your inspiration?
I feel inspired every time I watch someone perform burlesque. The creativity doesn’t cease to amaze me! For my own shows I get inspiration from beautiful glamour ghouls like Morticia Addams, Vampira,Elvira and I love the playfulness of Betty Page and of course glitter.
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Do you have any Shows coming up Zelda where you are performing Gory & Glam ?
Infinitease 4 Heat 7.
Uncaged London – Naughty on 8:00pm Tue 13th June

Doing Burlesque differently, The Burlesque Herald’s exclusive interview with Pixie Rider.

The Burlesque Herald interviews Pixie Rider about Burlesque and how she did not allow disability to affect her aspirations to become a burlesque performer. The Burlesque Herald learns of how Pixie Rider is continuously victorious over not just disabilities, but also helping to ensure there is no discrimination in the world of Burlesque……

.”Let’s encourage all people who want to perform irrelevant of any disabilities; it just takes some thought, remember not all conditions and illnesses are visible at first glance.”

 

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Who would you say is your inspiration?

Hmm… interesting question.  My hubby took me to my first ever burlesque show in 2011 and I fell in love with burlesque and asked for a lesson as a Christmas present.  Hubby managed to find me an 8 week course and I was smitten.  Although I said I would never wear a corset or perform in public at my first class.  That was January 2012 and I performed in March that year as part of a troupe!  I continued to do that until 2016.  I am not sure any burlesque act inspired me to start, but I do love the work of Diva Hollywood, L’Amour Le Monde, Lou Safire, Vicky Butterfly and Kiki Lovechild.  I saw L’Amour perform her then new “Breathe of Life” act in early 2016 and spoke to the teacher she had done a course with Saph Rox. I asked her if she would work with me and my mobility scooter to develop a solo act as due to diabetic neuropathy I could no longer dance with troupe due to my mobility issues.  I still loved burlesque and wanted to continue to perform, Saph said yes and my first act “Born to be Wild” was created.

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Can you tell our readers about any funny stories or experiences you may have?

I guess my first funny story as a solo performer was last year when I was accepted for one of Bella Stirrup competition heats. I left the hotel in full make-up and costume which was decent, but different to normal everyday fashion the look on the face of the receptionist was priceless. The Receptionist asked me on my return when I came back in leggings and t-shirt what I had been up too. It ended up in a really interesting conversation about what burlesque is.  My very first funny story happened on my 1st troupe performance. The day was international women’s day in a restaurant in Harlow Essex. I naively thought there would be a car park and as there was no formal changing room. I drove in my costume including stockings only to find out on my arrival the car park was tiny and full!! I had to park about 100-150 feet away and walk to the restaurant the only clothing I had in my car was a cardigan. I kept my dignity, but everyone could see my stocking tops. I remember walking down the road and in my head saying just be confident like you always go out dressed like this!!!!!!

Do you have any new acts your working on?

I have created a second act again with the help of Saph Rox, called “A Forest Pixie”. I have not performed this one publicly yet, but hope to do so soon.  I am not developing any new acts at the moment so that I can concentrate on the two acts I currently perform in order to tweak and improve upon them.  I have already made a number of changes to my first act and really enjoy receiving feedback from audience members, other performers and producers so that I can improve the acts and get the message across that “people with disabilities can still do burlesque We just have to do it differently.”

Please tell our readers about your experiences with disabilities & Discrimination within Burlesque?

“. If you are affected by an illness or condition you can still do the things you love.”

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This is a really interesting question as the motivation behind my first act before I even decided on the music was to get the message across that disability is just the ability to do things differently. If you are affected by an illness or condition you can still do the things you love.  I thought my first obstacle would be finding a teacher who would work with the “mad woman” and her mobility scooter now affectionately known as Luscious Legs.  However, Saph Rox was not phased at all and I felt very welcome as part of the course.  Saph and all the other participants in the course were lovely, especially as I had only had my scooter for a matter of weeks so was very aware of using it.  Since then I have probably been disregarded when I have applied for shows due to using a mobility scooter and producers being worried about health and safety and me being on the stage.  I do understand this, but would love the opportunity to discuss first as my scooter is very compact and light.  My hubby is always with me if the stage kitten needed help.  I can always adapt as I need to in order to perform, for example, when I went to perform at the Bollinger Club for the first time earlier this year the stage was much smaller than I expected so I just did some pre-show preparations and made the act work by starting of the stage so that there was sufficient space on the stage for Pixie Rider and Luscious Legs. The Performance went off without a hitch.  On a positive note Burlesque Idol did contact me and asked me a couple of questions which I was able to answer quickly and then I was given a slot in the September 2017 heat they were really excited to have my act as they have not had an act with a mobility scooter before.  I have not had any bad reactions from performers in fact just encouragement and positive comments from performers including Diva Hollywood, L’Amour le Monde and Rosie Glow. In fact I have made many friends.  I am now friends with other performers who use mobility aids in America through Facebook.  I work for a charity so I only go so far with the strip for that reason and also because it works for me as part of the act as I use parts of my costume to get the message about disability across. Burlesque is so varied that each performer is an individual.  I have also attended workshops with different well known burlesque artists and have always been made to feel welcome.  I do believe however, that there is a need for some open and honest conversations with producers to help me have the same opportunities as all other performers. Equal opportunities is not about treating each individual the same it is about ensuring that the playing field is level for everybody. For example, if the stage is too small for the scooter can my act be done in front of the stage and will the audience still see my performance?  If you are booking a venue for a workshop check that the building is disabled friendly and that if the studio is on the 1st or 2nd floor there is a lift, don’t assume that all dancers will be fully mobile.  Let’s encourage all people who want to perform irrelevant of any disabilities; it just takes some thought, remember not all conditions and illnesses are visible at first glance.