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Congrats on another season of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce! What can fans expect this time around?
More drama – season 5 is going to be juicier than any other. I’m not going to give away too much but there’s a lot more that Devon and I continue to go through and some life events happen which I didn’t plan for that have huge consequences.
Congrats as well on your instantly classic cameo on Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ – now that you’ve worked with both her and RuPaul, who else is on your bucket list, collaboratively speaking?
Drake, Madonna and of course the great Patti LaBelle!
a place both wonderful and strange is your new favorite Occult electronic feminist doom gaze trio.
Birthed of night and fire, of equal parts David Lynch and Janet Jackson, Brooklyn-based Russ Marshalek’s brain child of smeary electronics and sharpened emotions takes on its newest form, as an electronic trio of power (NOT “power electronics”). Augmenting the line-up in a Voltron-esque way are Shanda Woods, formerly of We Are The Wilderness and now solo under the guise of OKTI as a member of the Hathor Collective, and Laura Hajek, who also performs as indie-pop terrorist Edith Pop.
a place both wonderful and strange release their second album, The Laura Palmer Deviations, digitally July 22, with limited physical CDs available July 23 at the album release event in Philadelphia at PhilaMOCA, and a vinyl release available soon. The Laura Palmer Deviations is the soundtrack to their critically-acclaimed Lynch Foundation performance, Keys Open Doors: The Hidden Life of Laura Palmer, which recently played in Atlanta to mass praise.
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How and when did you get into burlesque? What’s the appeal for you?
I got into burlesque by accident – which pretty much describes most of my career choices after moving to NYC! I was go-go dancing at a party where NYC and Seattle burlesque icons World Famous *BOB*, Dirty Martini, and Waxie Moon of Seattle happened to also be working. World Famous *BOB* took me under her wing (bosom) and introduced me to this even more niche burlesque performance scene. I think what appealed to me the most about burlesque (and still does today) is the idea that I can still be an exhibitionist and combine my love of nightlife with a more theatrical, comedic spin. Burlesque gives me the opportunity to create work that is both sensual and “sexy” yet has a subversive spin.
Can you expand upon the creation and current version of Nasty Drew & That Harder Boy: The Mystery of the Family Jewels?
Boy can I! It’s my queer parody of the classic Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys‘ series. This show was really a challenge for myself to create a “longer” form of performance that toted the line between “theater” and striptease. Nasty Drew… is fully scripted and really follows the format of a musical. It’s just that instead of breaking into song, we break away our pants… and bras and underwear, etc, etc.