Ebony Silk

Ebony Silk, the North East’s International caramel burlesque queen. The ever radiant Ebony Silk has been performing at a professional level since 2008 and modelling since 2005. Previously a resident member of the Headline Honeys Burlesque Troupe and touring burlesque show The Burlesque Ball. With her killer pins, saucy smile and enchanting gaze, she’s sure to whisk any audience into a wonderful world of glamour and fun. Her acts range from classic showgirl striptease with ostrich feathers and crystals to the fun of cheesecake pinup with a tropical theme and high energy, cheeky performances. Ebony is a polished and professional performer, with a decade of experience and training from one of the worlds most prestigious international performers.
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1 HOW DID THE IDEA FOR THE ACT COME TO YOU –

I’M A BIG MARVEL GEEK AND I LOVE THAT ORORO MUNROE IS A MIXED RACE SUPERHERO



2 WHAT ISSUES DID YOU HAVE MAKING THE ACT –

I WANTED TO INCLUDE THE INTENSE BACK STORY OF THE CHARACTER BECAUSE THIS IS WHY I WANTED TO CREATE THE ACT. THIS WOULD HAVE MADE A VERY CONTENT AND PROP HEAVY ACT SO INSTEAD I HAD TO INCLUDE HINTS, SUCH AS ENGULFING MYSELF IN THE CAPE TO REPRESENT HER CLAUSTROPHOBIA, BLUE EYE MAKEUP TO REPRESENT HER BLUE EYES DUE TO HER AFRICAN PRIESTESS HERITAGE AND ME WEARING WHITE OUT CONTACT LENSES


3 WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED PERFORMING THE ACT –

THE FIRST TIME I PERFORMED THIS ACT I WAS THRILLED WITH THE RECEPTION IT RECEIVED. WITH A NEW ACT I ALWAYS TAKE IT TO EDINBURGH FRINGE TO IRON OUT ANY TWEAKS, PERFORMING SOMETHING AROUND 14 TIMES IN VARYING PERFORMANCE SPACES REALLY HELPS WITH THE PROCESS



4 HOW HAS THE ACT CHANGED OVER TIME –

IT’S PRETTY MUCH STAYED THE SAME, JUST A LOT SMOOTHER

5 WHAT CAME FIRST? THE COSTUME, THE MUSIC, THE CHOREOGRAPHY ETC.

THE COSTUME CAME FIRST, IT WAS INSPIRED BY SOME FAN ART

6 IF THE ACT HAS SOME PERSONAL MEANING, DOES THAT SAME EMOTION STILL DRIVE YOU? DID YOU USE THE ACT TO HELP COPE OR OVERCOME A PROBLEM? DID IT HELP? –

THIS ACT IS ALL ABOUT FINDING YOUR CONFIDENCE AND SECURITY, MOVING TO ANOTHER PHASE. I ONLY ACTUALLY REMOVE ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING. YES THAT WILL ALWAYS BE MY DRIVE FOR THIS ACT

7 HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASKED TO CHANGE PART OF IT? –

NO I’VE BEEN GIVEN CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM (WHEN REQUESTED) BUT NO ONE HAS ASKED ME TO CHANGE ANYTHING. I ACTUALLY WOULDN’T



8 IS THERE ANYTHING MISSING FROM THE ACT YOU’D LIKE TO BE IN IT BUT CAN’T DUE TO LOGISTICS, PROP DREAMS,MONEY ETC? –

YES THERE IS A LARGE PROP AND SOME LIFTING EFFECTS I WOULD LOVE TO ADD TO THE ACT



9 WHERE DID YOU FIRST PERFORM THE ACT? –

AT LONDON BURLESQUE FESTIVALS NERDLESQUE SHOW

10 AND WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE TIME PERFORMING THE ACT. –

MY FAVOURITE TIME WAS AT A LOCAL TALENT CONTEST CALLED SOAPBOX STARS. IT’S IN A PUB IN THE TOWN WHERE I LIVE. I WATCHED THE FIRST HEAT THINKING IT WAS A MUSIC CONTEST, THEN A MAGICIAN PERFORMED. SO I THOUGH, WHAT THE HELL, AND ASKED THE ORGANISER IF I COULD TAKE PART. I LOVE KEEPING THINGS FRESH AND CHALLENGING MYSELF. AS IT WAS A NON BURLESQUE CROWD I PERFORMED MY FAN DANCE IN MY HEAT AS A GENTLE INTRODUCTION . IN THE FINAL I PERFORMED THIS ACT. THE RESPONSE FROM THE FEMALES IN THE AUDIENCE AFTERWARDS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I DO BURLESQUE, RANGING FROM 18-50 THEY ALL FELT EMPOWERED AND WERE ON SUCH A HIGH. I DIDN’T WIN THE CONTEST BUT THAT WASN’T REALLY MY AIM, IT WAS MORE ABOUT COMMUNITY AND PERCEPTION



11 IF YOU WERE CREATING THIS ACT AGAIN NOW, WOULD YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT? –

NO I LOVE THIS ACT JUST HOW IT IS

12 DO YOU EVER ASK PARTICULAR PEOPLE TO CRITIQUE YOUR ACTS, OR DO YOU LISTEN TO RANDOM ONES THAT SUGGESTED CHANGING MUSIC, A POSE OR ADDING A PROP? IF YOU DID GET CRITIQUE DID YOU CHANGE IT? WHY/WHY NOT? DID IT HELP? –

I ASK SPECIFIC PEOPLE THAT I KNOW WILL BE HONEST, AS SILLY AS IT SOUNDS THAT IS VERY HARD TO FIND IN THE PERFORMANCE FIELD. SUGGESTIONS WERE TAKEN ON BOARD AND SOME MOVEMENTS/TIMINGS WERE ALTERED SLIGHTLY