The delightful Amber Topaz (who has featured on some of our New Year's Eve event posters) took five minutes out of her hectic Christmas schedule to tell us a bit about her burlesque experiences and inspirations:
What is your main performance inspiration?
My inspiration for most part is to be joyful. What I emanate is what the audience experience.
As a live performer you are effetely a sorcerer. You can not control how an audience will react but can share your self and your gifts whole heartedly. We live in a crazy world. If people leave moved in any capacity then you have worked your magic. It's a privilege to inspire, entertain or lift anyones spirit. Bringing laugher and smiles is immeasurable.
What do you love most about burlesque and cabaret?
The freedom to express yourself as you choose. Whether that is through song,dance, comedy and or costume. There is an intimacy. For me an honesty, a candid exchange. It's a symbiotic experience. Every performance is unique by the very fact it happens in the moment with a different group of spectators and participators which can dramatically change the dynamic. There is no knowing how you will be received which is part of the fun and adrenaline rush.
What has been your most memorable performance so far?
I have so many wonderful memories as an artist. My most recent was winning 'Bohemian Queen' of Burlesque at the Bohemian Burlesque Festival in Prague. I was genuinely shocked and elated. One of the judges was Dirty Martini so it really quite an honour.
Can you give us a retro or burlesque style tip?
It's not what you wear but how you wear it. With confidence and a smile. Accessorising is great way to finesse any look. I am currently having lost of fun fabulous earrings, headscarfs and victory rolls.
Amber Topaz will be featuring in our New Year's Eve Spectacular - an evening of entertainment you won't want to miss! Visit our New Year's Eve page to find out more.