I have a lot of catching up to do. Since the beginning of March, I've been preoccupied with shows, conventions, lab teching, and a nasty injury. I'm mostly healed, but I still can't type with two fingers so blogging has been very low on my list priorities. However, now that I have some down time, I decided that it was time to start catching up here.
|By Robert Hold|
Remember when I said that I was going to focus on refining old routines rather than work on new ones? Well, that plan went out the door pretty quickly. Sometimes inspiration and opportunity come together in a perfect storm that you can't escape. It's what happened with my "I'll Make a Man Out of You" act for Panty Raid's Bare Necessities show.
I had gotten the idea a few months ago for another show. Although I'd never really wanted to do Disney burlesque, the song was too catchy to resist. However, the popularity meant that I really had to think this routine out. It sat in the back of my mind until I saw that Panty Raid was looking for Disney acts. I'd been wanting to return to Sue Ellen's so the timing was perfect.
Sort of. Because I wanted to pay tribute to the training scene, I needed to brush up on both my drag and martial arts skills. Although I had done drag only once, I wasn't too unfamiliar with adopting a masculine persona due to my crossplay background. However, this time I wasn't portraying a youthful pretty boy—I needed to be a man. Thank goodness for on-line tutorials.
|By Robert Hold|
The show changed my mind about Disney burlesque. I'd always had an irrational fear of corrupting childhood memories, but now I know that burlesque just created new ones. I gained a new fan with my martial skills so I was happy that the training paid off.
Doing this act gave me insight on who Hana Li was as a performer. It felt so natural to be in drag at first, and I enjoyed presenting dichotomies of masculine and feminine, serious and silly. Panty Raid was the perfect place for me to explore this, and I'm thankful for that opportunity.
I also acquired a new sense of creativity from combining the two different forms of movement. While I might not have been able to do a flying front kick stocking peel (things in your head don't always translate into real life once you consider skill level and physics), I came up with some new tricks that I hope to bring into other acts. And I did learn a flying front kick, which is a great way to keep the audience members alert.
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