We caught up with the delectable Coeur de Plume recently. Both a performer and teacher of burlesque, her talents include spinning fire and gymnastics - a pretty amazing combination. She took 5 minutes to share a few of her inspirations and experiences with us:
What is your main performance inspiration?
I have a lot of ideas in my sleep - I think it's when your mind can just be super creative - but unfortunately not always very realistic.
From other performers, I love it when a performer can really engage and connect with the audience and you can tell they are really having fun on stage.
What do you love most about burlesque and cabaret?
For me it has to be the friends I have made. The burlesque world is so supportive and just as fun back stage as on stage.
I joined the folly mixtures in Feb 2015 and our whatsapp chat is just the funniest thing in the world - we are like a big family.
Its also really nice when I see performers who started at a similar time to me and we get booked on shows together - I met Jeanie Wishes a few years ago and she's just the loveliest, and amazing to watch.
What has been your most memorable performance so far?
I did a show called 'a state of undress' at Bush Hall in London a few years ago. I was still relatively new on the scene and Vicky Butterfly and Miss Miranda were headlining. It was a classic burlesque show with a live jazz band (the Mississippi swamp dogs) and was the most amazing experience.
Can you give us a retro or burlesque style tip?
My hair does not take to a curl very well, it just wants to be straight all the time.
So I heat it with tongs, catch the curl, and pin it in a pin curl for an hour or so to cool, and then it actually stays!
And always go for a red glitter lip for shows.
Intrigued? See her for yourself at our New Year's Eve ball - the Carnival of Dreams!