Happy World burlesque Day!
‘My Absolute Aim in Life is to Share Joy’
We’re celebrating with this bonus episode in addition to your usual Friday fare, to talk to the creator of World Burlesque Day, Sapphira. Sapphira is a performer, musician and entrepreneur who also runs the Ibiza Burlesque Festival and always has several arts- and mental-health-themed projects on the go. We chat about bringing burlesque and clubbing together, her love of piano, and how finding her personal expression through burlesque helped her heal from an oppressive background.
Find Sapphira online: @sapphiramusic on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She’s also on LinkedIn. You can find out more on @worldburlesqueday on the same platforms. Join in with the #BoogieInBoots Challenge on Instagram or TikTok!
CW: descriptions of religious trauma from 8.55 – 16.10ish; brief mention of institutionalisation & psychosis (around 10.35 – 11.05); small, happy discussion about pregnancy (23:45 – 25:20).
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'My Absolute Aim in Life is to Share Joy' | World Burlesque Day with SAPPHIRA – The Invisible Cabaret Podcast: Mental Health & The Arts
THINGS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST with sapphira for world burlesque day:
- Neo-burlesque: a beginner’s guide
- Ibiza Burlesque Festival – a little *teaser* video
- Dita Von Teese performing in Ibiza
- Amnesia (Ibiza club)
- Cirque du Soleil
- Check out Sapphira’s book, Burlesque Or Bust
- Brethren sect
- Understanding psychotic breaks
- Cafe Del Mar compilations
- Sapphira’s favourite, Tones, composed by Marc Durif
- Ferrero Rochelle’s balloon pop
- Cotton candy grapes!
If any of the issues raised in this episode are affecting you, please do not be afraid to seek support. Help is available. The NHS website has a great directory to get you started.
If you enjoyed this World Burlesque Day episode, you might be interested to hear from fellow burlesquers Demi Noire, Ida Sanguine, or Petit Pois!
Burlesque was the real light for me to heal. The burlesque wasn’t the thing that healed me, and I have to make that clear. I didn’t put on a corset in the middle of, like a psychiatric home, and wave a wand and was better. It took a lot of medication to calm me down… I’m glad that I got better and it got me home. But it was then a year later, when I came to London and I just did not like myself that I found burlesque and found a way to make peace with all these misconceptions.sapphira on the Invisible Cabaret podcast
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Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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