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Oh my goodness…we are getting down to the metaphorical wire now, dear readers. In just twelve days, I’ll be strutting, shimmying, and otherwise shaking my stuff in front of a live audience for my burlesque recital. My act is finally coming together, but as things get closer to the big day I find myself getting more and more nervous. What if my pasties fall off? What if I trip and fall over my high heels? What if my zipper breaks? What if everyone hates my act? The anxiety is sheer torture.
As we move from learning the theory of burlesque to putting it into practice, there’s a bit less for me to talk about here. Last week’s class consisted of costuming tricks and issues, along with different techniques and types of humor. We learned about quick release tricks, embellishing our costumes, removing clothing, and how to use classic items (like gloves and boas). We also talked about the difference between farce, satire, parody, and satirical comedy, and also about ways to be funny (such as exaggeration, embarrassment, bait & switch, and juxtaposition). Without giving too much away, my act definitely contains elements of exaggeration and parody. After all, my costume elements include a bespangled catsuit, assorted plastic weaponry, and a humongous afro wig (seriously…it’s huge).
Tonight (I’m actually writing this in a coffee shop while waiting for my private lesson to begin), we did our first dress rehearsal of our routines. As much as I’ve practiced, recited, and listened to my music…there is absolutely nothing like getting on stage in front of people and trying to put it all together. I won’t lie…I was horrible. But the upside is that now I have a better sense of what to work on. Still…I’m not sure if I’ll post my final routine on YouTube or not. You all promise to be nice if I do? ;-)