You might have noticed Ayesha Hussein gracing our posters this Halloween.
The very definition of 'femme fatale', she is a multi talented former Playboy bunny who will capture your heart... then crush it. With a set of sideshow skills that most circus performers would be proud, she's been in great demand all over the world for her blend of killer looks and exotic talents. Read on to learn what has inspired her unique performance style:
What is your main performance inspiration?
Having been a playboy bunny, and finding the notion that the femme fatale sparks no interest, (Hugh Hefner, while being interviewed once, stated the reason for picking the "bunny" to represent the brand was that men wanted a docile animal, and weren't interested in the femme fatale), I sort of accidentally set out to prove a woman doesn't have to downplay her femininity to compete/exhibit skill sets that men in the performance scene usually have a monopoly on, (hence having done sideshow and fire in my past, and now being a western arts performer).
What do you love most about burlesque and cabaret?
I think I can speak for a lot of my fellow performers in saying, being able to have a huge platform of creativity, present it on stage and entertain people for those 5 minutes, is absolutely elating, furthermore being lucky enough to make my living from it, and be my own boss, makes the countless hours of training and hard work all worthwhile!
What has been your most memorable performance so far?
That's a very hard one! I would have to say however, the first time I cracked the head of a rose clean in half out of my husband's mouth on stage last year was a pretty memorable moment for me!
Can you give us a retro or burlesque style tip?
I live by pin curls! I was never a pin curl kind of girl, until one day after countless trials and errors with varying styles and brands of rollers, I discovered blowdrying my hair and pincurling it overnight was the easiest way to tame my enormous mane into perfect vintage curls!
If you'd like to see Ayesha perform and have a simply thrilling night out, then do join us this Halloween for our grand gothica ball!