Friday, 23 March 2012
I've received some questions about performing as pregnant - do I still do it, do many performers do it, and so on.
The answer is: yes, I have still been performing. Do others do it too? I have no idea, I guess it depends. Little Brooklyn did a special kind of performance at the NY Burlesque Festival in 2010. And I know two Finnish performers who did shows at burlesque happenings quite far in their pregnancies. It really does depends a lot on the event -we; our troupe, performs a lot at lot of different events. Not all events are suitable for a pregnant dancer. Some people really do not want to see that on stage, and I totally get it. So when we've done corporate events or such we've checked before that the crowd won't be chocked or offended. Then again at events that are specifically burlesque, it does not really matter - in fact, many find it a positive thing to see someone still performing although "very pregnant".
In the beginning I performed normally of course, although I myself felt pluffy and swollen as I was munching all the time to make the sickness and nausea go away. But it is not like I perform as before now of course, I can't get down on my knees and bend over and twirl exactly or do any furious shaking, neither do I fit most of my costumes. I haven't really been asked to perform solo anywhere at a long time, but we've had a lot of bookings for the group, and as you know; I will still be going to Milan to perform next week. I do that with numbers that don't involve any "risky" movement, for example TInker Bell and I choreographed our art deco number in such a way that I don't do any jumping or too fast movement.
But otherwise it is of course good to keep fit and I've been working out and doing light dancing during these months, staying physically in shape still as the kilos gather up. But otherwise I don't think it's that much of a thing really. Only it feels nicer on stage now, that I look pregnant, and not just like I've had a little too much to much over Christmas...
Picture by Kitty from last night's show at a gala dinner for a commerce chamber.belly and I performing with "permission". Very virgin like in white (HA HA).