Bristol's Badass Burlesque Show
One great thing about the internet is that is brings us closer together. As human beings. It makes the world smaller. When I watch the news and read articles on line, I am hit harder and harder by the lives so many women through out this world are living. A teacher was shot outside of her school for educating little girls. A young woman who posted topless photos of herself on a pro-women website with the words “My Body is My Own and Not the Source of Anyone’s Honor” in Arabic was committed to a psychiatric hospital by her family, while her county’s religious leaders said she should be stoned to death as an example to other women. Political leaders argue over the definition of rape and who should decide how a woman handles her reproductive health.
You can draw one conclusion for certain from this. They are afraid of us. They are afraid of our bodies. They are fearful of our minds. How do we rise above?
My white-Western-state-funded-education-and-health-care brain isn’t so oblivious to the privilege of my situation that I think that dance will feed the hungry or clothe the poor. I think that every time you dance, move that amazing body to the rhythm, you fight for women everywhere. It’s a small, tiny chip taken out of the oppressors boot that remains firmly placed on our collective throats.
The more you dance, the more you move, the more you travel, the more you see, the angrier you get. Then you DO something about it. That part is up to you. Be a Burlesque Warrior.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others” – Martha Graham