For those of you that don’t know, Seattle is a hotbed for burlesque. Actually, that’s an understatement. Seattle is, quite possibly, one of the top 3 places for burlesque talent in the US. It’s resume speaks for itself. It boasts a burlesque academy – Academy of Burlesque, the Reigning Queen of Burlesque, Miss Exotic World 2011 – Miss Indigo Blue, Miss Viva Las Vegas 2011 – Inga Ingenue, and now Queen of the Kansas City Burlesque Festival 2013 –Iva Handfull. (And that is just the tip of the iceburg. But that’s a different post.)
“In high school, I was in Marine Corps Junior ROTC where I convinced them to have a dance-a-thon as a fundraiser, where people donated money based on how many hours we’d dance.”
“I learned about Burlesque and Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque at the first Burlesque show I saw in Seattle, WA – Tamara the Trapeze Lady’s Columbia City Cabaret, entertained by performers like Tamara the Trapeze Lady and Chica Boom. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire show, dying to know how to get involved in this art form.”
“I think the high energy, precise, and calculated movements come from my musicality and love of spreadsheets and detail. Once I’ve chosen a song and concept (most of my concepts lately have been to just dance the hell out of a song), I open a fresh Excel spreadsheet, copy the song lyrics from an Internet search, and begin breaking the song down generally to each beat or lyric. I record the start and stop time (ex: 0:01 – 0:10) of each beat, lyric, or small section of the song, the feel of the music at that section (ex: fast, hard, slow, breakdown), and the corresponding lyric and/or music sound.”
“Prince motioned for me to come on stage. Being a performer myself, I wanted to be certain he meant for me to come on stage. I gave him a look to ensure that’s what he meant, and he did it again. I jumped on stage and started busting a move.”
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To Iva Handfull (and all of Seattle’s fantastic burlesque performers!), for your ability to mix artistic vision, sexiness and self-aware humor into something greater than its parts…Give Us Art! salutes you!!!
Art the World!