“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
Much of history’s great art has been inspired by human suffering, political unrest, and personal demons. From paintings to music, our own emotional experiences fuel our creativity and give voice to stories that can only be told through steps, rhythm, or strokes.
This past weekend, I had the honour of attending a unique burlesque show put on by Toronto’s Atomic Cherries. Politico was an artistic exploration about the issues, politics, and themes that the performers hold dear to their hearts.
During the three hour show, the audience was entertained, deeply moved, and often educated about political and social issues such as women’s rights, mental health, cultural issues, money, sexuality, and our own city political scandals. Wolfman’s introductions were poetic as always but held a serious undertone as he told us the dark true-life stories that motivated each performance.
I was deeply moved by the performances, some of which hit very close to home. Thank you to Tanya Cheex, Coco La Crème, Miss Kitty Demure, Dahlia Darling, Obskyura, Belle Jumelles, Parker and Seville, Sketchy the Clown, Ab Horrence, Dew Lily, Wolfman, St. Stella, and Cerise Noir for sharing such personal and emotional stories with us. (sorry to those I missed in the list…)
An Enchanted Cabaret
As published in burlesquebeat.com – where I cover Toronto’s burlesque scene. Les Coquettes’ twisted take …