Sapphira on The Invisible Cabaret Podcast (S2:E6)

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).
Sapphira is reading a copy of her book, Burlesque or Bust. She is wearing sunglasses, a royal blue hat and matching blue satin gloves. The book cover itself is also blue, decorated with a TInkerbell-like figure on the front. The front cover reads, ‘Burlesque or Bust: Bringing my mental health to heel’. Sapphira is making a classic ‘ooh’ showgirl pose.
Sapphira reading her memoir, ‘Burlesque or Bust’

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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

Happy #WorldBurlesqueDay! We're celebrating with this bonus episode in addition to your usual Friday fare, to talk to the day's creator, 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). *** What are you grateful for? Be in the next episode of our podcast and tell us what has you feeling thankful lately. You can message us on Facebook, Tweet us at @inviscabaret or DM us on Instagram (@invisiblecabaret)! *** Things mentioned in the podcast: 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! Some useful links for the mental health issues mentioned can be found on our website. *** Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod , available by license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ http://www.invisiblecabaret.org — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/invisible-cabaret/message

THINGS MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST with sapphira for world burlesque day:

Sapphira is a blonde showgirl dressed in royal blue. She is holding giant blue ostrich feather fans behind her. On top of this image is the World Burlesque Day logo, a globe with a banner across and underneath it.
Photo by Lara Blake
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.

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'You know when you're destined to be a performer, it's something that kind of either makes you the black sheep of your family or the hero of your family. It's a certain quality.' - a quote from Sapphira. Below this is a QR code which you can scan to listen to the podcast.
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Edited and mixed by Matt Ennis, www.mennismixing.co.uk.
Music: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod, available under license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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