Perils of Persephone

Rather quicker than I had expected, there are now videos of my latest burlesque show with Cardiff Cabaret Club (Yin and Yang show, June 22nd 2018). Thus, as requested, my better judgement notwithstanding, here is exhibit A. I am the suspect at the very far right of the scene, on the dancefloor. Please be forgiving …



Also in burlesque news, I am giving thought to doing a solo routine based on Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera”: a novel with which I have been a bit obsessed ever since I first saw the Broadway show version back in 2000, seeing in the titular antihero a character whose physical self-loathing issues I could all too readily identify with. I would be reinterpreting the Phantom as a female character, however.

I have already had some help and encouragement from other members of the group, and further offers, so in spite of my inexperience (less than a year’s worth, and only two shows) it is looking distinctly possible. I have also chosen the burlesque stage name I intend to use if this does come to fruition. Eschewing pleas to use a more straightforwardly Gothic pseudonym, I have opted for “Persephone Pitstop”: half-Goth, half-silly, and it made the hubby laugh, which is all the confirmation I need (and also no other dancers seem to be using it right now, so I’m staking the claim while it’s good).

None of which is to say that I am fully healed yet – I am still on sick leave, still bruised and sore, and still tire very easily – but when I compare this to how I felt when I first left hospital, I am confident the end of the tunnel is in sight (and hopefully some exciting times not too far beyond).

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8 thoughts on “Perils of Persephone

  1. So fun!!! I love that song. It never gets old for me. I can feel my face immediately switch to a smile when the music starts and now I can associate it with you too! ❤

    You look amazing and I think you nailed the routine! Great job.

    Every person on that stage is braver than I can imagine being. Seriously. But it looks like so much fun!

    Love the stage name by the way! 😉 ❤ Fantastic!

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    • Thank you so much. 🙂 I had mixed feedback on the stage name, but the hubby liked it and so far everyone from the group I have asked also likes it, so I’m definitely sticking with it.

      It is such an amazing thing to be a part of. 🙂 Will be so glad when I am fully healed and can really fling myself into it wholeheartedly. Hoping I may even dare the solo dance at our next Halloween show (fingers crossed). xxx

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  2. This is awesome. Great routine, great song. The choice of name…..you killed it. It’s like a cross between the underworld and a 1940’s rockabilly pinup.

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  3. Pingback: Convalescent Critic #3: “The Phantom of the Opera” (Ysgol Gyfun Bryntirion production) | A Belated Existence

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