Whatever you want to do, whether that be going straight home after the show for a cup of tea and a natter, or wandering off to a late night strip joint, you can nearly always find at least one other person to do it with. The public reactions were varied and went from artistic appreciation to creepy comments, graphic images and downright rudeness. Image: Hugo Glendenning Great piece! I love being around fellow humans. Photo by Prudence Upton The act received a lot of attention in 2006 when an audience member filmed it and posted it online, and in response you created a show based on the barrage of emails and messages you received. The most interesting thing to note was the reactions of some audience members, you could see who was appreciating the comedy that happened to incorporate the strip foremost, who was thinking 'I love to have the balls to get up and do that! Look at her right thumb when she shakes her hands.
Find out more about Ursula Martinez at. We took it to Edinburgh and had one of those magical Edinburgh Festival experiences that most performers and producers hope for. Ursula Martinez performs Hanky Panky in La Soiree. Q: What is a stage kitten? Can you describe your journey with this incredible show, and why you have remained a faithful cast member? People always ask questions about pasties. She was one of the fiercest people I've ever known, having lived through a time when gay women were persecuted and marginalized to an extent it's hard for younger Americans' to imagine.
A: A stage kitten is the person who picks up the costume pieces and props after a burlesque number. I love being on stage and I love the privilege of being paid to see the world. Most of the shows I produce are workshop showcases, so I've gotten input from regular producers and kittens who work for them. I was checking out her rig.
At the core of the work is a commitment to exploring humour and what is is to be human. And it really works for me. I get up every night and perform to see a sea of delighted faces looking back at me and a rapturous applause at the end. When it illicitly went online, as you say, I was barraged with emails from strangers all over the world. I remembered that I did this repeatedly until I was completely naked.
Artist and producer Ursula Martinez took a very different path when in 2006 someone in the audience decided to record and then upload Hanky Panky, an act in which she unveils both a series of handkerchiefs and her birthday suit. Those bookshelves will have to goddamn wait. As much as I am an active rule-breaker, I am not immune to the youth and beauty-idolising Western culture that we live in, and so remaining confident becomes harder the older you become. Do you view your body in practical terms, as more of an instrument, device or prop, and is the purpose of nudity primarily to shock or surprise? Like the fabled, festive Coca Cola truck, five star smash has rolled into London again this Christmas with a twinkling Spiegeltent full of sass, smut, surprise, and sensational skill. That is how my infamous Hanky Panky routine, a unique fusion of magic and striptease, was born.
Why else would we still choose to hang out with each other outside of work? We have been to many wonderful cities including London, Sydney, Stockholm, Chicago, Paris and Montreal, and now, nearly 10 years later, we are here in New York City performing at the Union Square Theatre. I never audition, I just choose people who I meet along the course of life. When you're kittening, be sure to watch the performers undress to help you know what to pick up… I'm Jo Weldon, Headmistress of the award-winning New York School of Burlesque. I suddenly realized that I had inadvertently created an act. Why have you decided to retire the act? By franchising it out to other performers, she has found a way to broadcast the act across the world yet still keep it intimate. She is hilarious, sexy, political, fearless and quite rude! My how-to videos are streaming on Amazon prime and available on worlddancenewyork.
But in addition to the glitz and the glamour and the standing ovations, there is another very important ingredient that makes this touring malarkey work for me. In 2004, producers Brett Haylock and David Bates saw me performing the act at an eclectic comedy event and asked me to join a new burlesque show they were making for The Edinburgh Festival. One of their joint routines is Quick Change, Sex Change, an all-action spin on the art of cross-dressing. Can you tell us more about the show and that period of your life, personally and professionally? I read a detailed analysis of this performance art piece which attributed all kinds of complicated intentions to her and concluded that the final reveal was meant to be menstruation.
I guess it was only a matter of time before I put the two together. Originally Posted By vztim: That was pretty cool, I don't get where they go after she puts it in her fist, the rest are probably already in place I assume. I'd appreciate your thoughts on what I've written. My book on how to do burlesque is available on amazon.