“Burlesque: Heart Of The Glitter Tribe” is a documentary feature about the passion and personalities at the heart of today’s new wave of burlesque.
Director Jon Manning, in a documentary-styled feature, showcases real life Burlesque dancers who put everything on the line to have their personal stories told. On the one hand, they want to expose the misconceptions that have plagued them and their art form, and on the other hand, they shed light on the true dedication that inspires them and the sacrifices they make in order to be the best at what they do. Seeing the artists perform and hearing the back stories behind their successes and failures, brings their world to us full circle. Right before our very eyes, the magic of Burlesque starts to make us more appreciative of the art form and less ill-informed about what it means, not only to be a Burlesque artist, but to be a “Burlesquer” whose work is understood, appreciated, and elevated to new heights. With expressive names and elaborate stage productions, these twelve performance artists take us on a soul-stirring journey and show us how they found themselves through introspection of their work and learned from their audiences how to be better persons in their personal and social lives. The laughter, tears, joy and pride they share are a culmination of what they have experienced in their quest to continue making their art form universally accepted, respected and highly anticipated.
The stories of Angelique DeVil, Zora von Pavonine, Babs Jamboree, Stage Door Johnnies, Sandria Dore’, Isaiah Esquire, Violet Ohmigod, Russell Bruner, and Ivizia Dakini are filled with humor, emotion, grief, longing, and excitement. Each has developed a personal style and strategy, and are committed for life to reinvent themselves, hone their craft, uplift each other and uphold the art of burlesque no matter what. While they may come from different backgrounds, they all seem to know how to use their expansive talents to inspire a world of naysayers and bring new life to those who look forward to their undying art.
For too many reasons to count, it is needless to say I have a new appreciation for the art of Burlesque. Even with a vast amount of resources, I realize that the information that I had come to judge Burlesque with, was from a place of irrefutable ignorance of the facts. Knowing now, that this highly-technical and multi-dimensional art form can only be performed by individuals who are highly-trained, master performance artists and more, forces me to succumb to the fact that they are an unequivocal force to be reckoned with. Take a moment and listen to the conversation with Zora von Pavonine, a bonified Burlesquer and Tribe Member, as she speaks with me one on one about her role in the Art of Burlesque, her goals for tapping into educational resources, and her solidarity in believing in what she does and the great benefits it has for others who would allow themselves the privilege of experiencing the Art of Burlesque in its truest and most natural form. You can hear that interview here.
In select theaters Friday, March 3rd and on VOD & iTunes Tuesday, March 7th