Where in the world is Bettina May? Well she’s in New York City. Certainly wouldn’t be the same without her. Her innovative performances are more than just fanfare. Every bit of her costuming, performance and smile are genuinely committed to ending cruelty. She showed up to teatime today in a FAKE full length fur coat with matching hat. When I asked her where she acquired her matching set, she said, “I sew, made it myself.” Well that’s impressive! Little did I know she envisions and creates all of her own costumes. Her resistance to the mainstream costuming industry is that traditional Burlesque dancers use feathers, leather, and fur in all their performances with little thought of who they took it from. You don’t need these items to entertain, be creative, innovative and inspire others to not feed into unfortunate tradition. We must not get involved with indulgent lifestyles that breed thoughtless performance rather evolve along with the environment and return the respect. Very refreshing to meet such a unique ‘Mover’ in our industry!
Check out her home made “Feather” Headdress in a performance entitled,
‘Don’t Touch My Tomatoes!’
While one end of a feather is soft to the touch, tickle worthy and awe inspiring there is another end of this quill that isn’t quite as lovely. Live plucking is of commonplace among feather producing farms. If you thought getting hair waxed off was painful, imagine living a lifestyle, against your will, where being “waxed” regularly for anothers kicks and giggles was all you understood.
Alternative choices are available!
For more on Miss Bettina May check out her website, click on the link below!