A delectable date with Burlesque starlet Emmanuelle Claire November 08 2013, 0 Comments
“Professional exhibitionist of fantasy and vintage exotica! Burlesquer, belly dancer, tahitian dancer and model. Costumier,illustrator and historic engine builder”
These are the words that Emmanuelle uses to describe herself. A dazzling mix of beauty and brains.
I had the honour of interviewing her for our first Burlesque column and, as varied as her acts, Emmanuelle was a sheer delight to speak to.
LS: What started your interest in the Burlesque scene?
EC: I had been a belly dancer, dancing in restaurants and although I loved doing that I really wanted to perform on stage to a short choreographed piece. I loved the costuming and glamour of it so it seemed a very natural transition for me.
LS: What was your debut act's theme and costume?
EC: The very, very first performance I did was a typical burlesque striptease with a fan dance and I hated every second of performing it! I had no training to perform burlesque I just went straight into it and I felt like I was in at the deep end with that, so I choreographed my Persian Princess act, a combination of belly dance, burlesque and fan dance, which is now probably my signature act. The costume was belly dance themed with a crystal tiara headpiece and big pink ostrich fans.
LS: What did you want to be when you were 12 years old?
EC: I wanted to live in the jungle with apes and be involved with some endangered species protection programme.
LS: What is your favourite act at the moment and why?
EC: My favourite act to perform is my classic striptease act because I go on stage totally embracing and acting out the character of a woman that knows she's totally 'it', which feels great!! Its my only act where I don't leave the stage out of breath, all my other performances have high energy dance sequences.
LS: Where did you last perform?
EC: At the Southampton Boat show
LS: If you had the opportunity to host a party with five others guests, alive or dead, who would they be and why?
EC: That’s so difficult lol!
LS: I know, but fun and worth thinking about.
EC: do you mean like host a burlesque party?
LS: Any sort of dinner party or casual all your choice
EC: The Duchess of Windsor, Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, Little Egypt.Ooohhhh someone else who's fun.
LS: Great variety there. Please can you name three idols you look up to whether in the burly scene or not?
EC: I admire certain things about lots of people. I have never idolised persons as a whole but I admire Vicky Butterfly for her beautiful gracious approach to burlesque, I admire Brian Froud and I admire all the original burlesque stars. Brian Froud's art should I say, not him personally. Only because it had such an inspirational effect on me as a child
LS: What book are you reading at the moment?
EC: Smut generally! Erotica and self help books are about all I read! I love looking through art and design books though, anything with inspiring beautiful pictures!
LS: If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
EC: Buckingham Palace for the Queen!
LS: Haha brilliant
LS: Do you believe that there should be an age limit placed on burlesque dancers?
EC: Do you mean age limit as in girls under a certain age shouldn't do it or girls over a certain age shouldn't do it?
LS: I was thinking more like older women
EC: No I think burlesque artists only improve with age.
LS: What’s the best make up tip you know?
EC: That, even for stage, there is such a thing as too much makeup.
LS: If you could interview me, what would you want to ask me?
EC: What is burlesque to you?
LS: It's my way of creating living art which is something I am passionate about.
Emmanuelle Claire and her 60 second quick fire round
LS: Tea or coffee?
LS: Lipstick or powder?
LS: Vinyl or CD?
LS: Rubber or Leather?
LS: Silk or Satin?
LS: Cake or Pie?
LS: Cheesecake or Alternative?
LS: 40's or 50's?
LS: Tattoo's or Piercings?
LS: Ducks or chickens?
LS: Ponies or Unicorns?
LS: Clocks or watches?
LS: China or wood?
LS: Spa or Wilderness?
LS: Plaster or Paint?
LS: Music or Movies?
LS: Newspapers or Magazines?
LS: Dogs or Cats?
LS: Heels or pumps?
LS: Sinatra or Shakespeare?
LS: Singing or Dancing?
LS: Belly dance or Tap dance?
EC: Belly dance
LS: Ballet or Gymnastics?
LS: 20's or 30's?
LS: Alice in Wonderland or Sleeping Beauty?
EC: Sleeping beauty
LS: Knives or guns?
LS: Badgers or Dragons?
LS: Louise Brooks or Clara Bow?
EC: Oh my god, I don’t know who either are!
LS: Really? They are both silent movie beauties of the 20's.
LS: Lady Gaga or Madonna?
LS: Spots or Stripes?
LS: Marilyn Monroe or Liza Minnelli?
LS: Fairy wings or Fascinators?
EC: Fairy wings
LS: Pencil skirt or high waisted trousers?
LS: Dominant or Submissive?
LS: Spiritual or Atheist?
LS: Naughty or Nice?
LS: Cream or Jam?
LS: Money or Passion?