Not the holiday season, silly. The burlesque festival season!
Especially in the United States, the festival circuit has grown to dizzying proportions. There are festivals in Ohio and Alabama and Tennessee! When my conservative home state (Missouri) has two festivals, you know things are really accelerating.
Personally, I dig the idea of these smaller regional festivals. I’ve performed at a handful of them, and it has been wonderful to see all the different pockets of performers, see how other producers operate, understand how other audiences react to our art. When I was trying to figure out where I wanted to go this year, my list was compiled pretty much entirely of these shows. There are still one or two Big Fancy Shows that I’m hoping to get into, but for my money? Regional festivals all the way.
So far, my dreams are coming true!
First, I have been invited to return to the Southwest Burlesque Showcase in Albuquerque. This was hands down my favorite festival last year. The KiMo theater is stunning, and has a special place in burlesque history, as Sally Rand once performed there. Sally Rand! I had a marvelous time at this event last year, and it looks like 2013 is going to be absolutely amazing.
Second, I’ve just gotten the acceptance email from the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival. I love Minneapolis. Some of my very favorite people in the whole world live there, and let me go on record as saying that Minneapolis food culture rivals San Francisco’s in terms of sheer yumminess. (And, when you look at what it costs to eat well in Minneapolis, it kicks San Francisco’s ass.) I mean, seriously. It’s worth living there just to eat. But this post isn’t about food, of course. This is the first year for the festival, and despite having been to the city more than a dozen times, I’ve never performed there. Excited to share these two firsts together.
Lots of festival applications are coming due in January/February: Boston, Kansas City, Show-Me (St. Louis), and the mac daddy of all festivals The Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend. I can’t afford to apply to everything, and extra can’t afford to attend everything, but these Spring festivals are definitely on my radar.
What’s on yours?