Graves and his posse of performers have toured the country and the world, performing at clubs, major venues and festivals, including the Peace and Love Festival in Sweden where they opened for music icon Bob Dylan.
One of those performers, Jenny Gyrates, fell in love with the idea of becoming a burlesque performer after taking a few dance classes in New York. Although she is fairly new to the world of burlesque, she can’t imagine doing anything else.
“I love creating characters, and watching them grow through rehearsals and then finally becoming that character. Performing is a chance to get outside yourself for a while, a chance to not take yourself quite so seriously,” she said. “I also have a love-hate relationship with that feeling I get right before going onstage. It’s a caged animal energy, a feeling like a 100 bees trapped in a bottle. It’s the energy I use to propel the act. Once I’m performing, I love to hear the audience react. That just propels the act for me, and it makes me want to continue in the art form.
“I think people should turn off their televisions and step away from the Internet for a bit and support live art events when they happen in their communities.”
And as they say in the world of burlesque … on with the show!