Pussy Grime

SLO Tease Performer

 Unapologetically gross & queer 

Bio

When and how did you start performing?
My life-long passions are rooted in performance art, starting with ballet when I was three and mini-productions I'd insistently showcased at every family gathering growing up. After 20+ years of training in ballet and modern dance, exploring choreography theory, teaching, competing, and participating in student dance concerts in high school and college, I figured my time as a performer had come to an end, which is quite laughable to think about now. You can't really ever escape what you love. 


When did you get into burlesque, specifically?
About a year out of college, I was looking for an outlet to fulfill my creative desires in 2016. After having attended a couple of SLO Tease shows and been inspired by some of the performers' work, I decided to join the troupe. I was drawn to start performing again because I questioned "Is what I create even really art if it's never shared?"


Where do you find your inspirations?
There was a specific piece I produced in college in my choreography theory class were I explored the concept of female sexual transgression. That piece really was the origin of inspiration for me to continually invest in showcasing my own sexuality in front of an audience.


What advice would you give new performers?
Don't be afraid to scare yourself.


Do you have a method for creating your numbers? Or is it all madness?
It's actually a very meditative process for me, where I don't even realize what I'm doing is creating a piece until it clicks into a stream of consciousness. I'm usually listening to a certain song over and over again with a strong urge to move to it, and eventually a concept will hit me. I choreograph a ton in my head first, then the rest is discovered through improvisation and watching recordings of myself on repeat.  


Do you have a favorite costume piece? What is it?
My body is definitely my favorite costume piece! I'm constantly just trying to figure out how she wants to move and what she wants to say- all the other elements of decorum come after that. My body is truly my greatest tool. The costume element of performance art is often the last thing I think about because my background is so heavily rooted in dance. What I'm going to wear for my performances is always my primary challenge, but I'm getting the hang of it.


Who are some performers you admire?
All of my amazing friends, of course! I admire any and all performers who are truly willing to share themselves on stage. It's very easy to tell when a performer is faking it or is unapologetically committed to what they're trying to say or do- it's very effortless to witness and consume. I'm also, of course, all about the queer, weird, and messy performances because that's the kind of work I want to create and I'm really drawn to those who want to, too. 


What do you really enjoy about performing?
Sharing myself, unconditionally, and toping and bottoming the audience interchangeably. One of my favorite compliments I've ever received is that I don't have a forth wall when I perform.


Do you have a favorite moment from being on stage you can share? It does not have to be from a SLO Tease show!
That moment where I begin to cover myself in something wet and messy and the audience's reaction is suspended, if only for just a second, in a mixture of excitement, horror, and arousal. I want to be real with my audience and I want to shock them with what turns me on. That moment is where I succeed.