Courtesy of Jamieson Lindenburg
Gibbs High alum Jamieson Lindenburg, 28, opens his The Girlie Show in Ybor City on Wednesday.
By Krystal Blais, Special to the Times
Monday, May 20, 2013
Pink feathers, gloves, sequins and lace. Women in dangerously high heels, live music and comedy. Strip teases, trapeze stunts and lots of drama.
These are all the hallmarks of The Girlie Show: Bigtop Burlesque, which opens a nearly two-week run at the Honey Pot in Ybor City on Wednesday.
That creator and director Jamieson Lindenburg, 28, calls his show "burlesque with a circus twist" is no surprise. Not if you know he's a performer on a six-month break from Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian theater juggernaut that dramatically mixes music, street entertainment and circus acts. He has been a singer with Cirque since 2008 with a central role in Quidam, following theater school in New York.
The burlesque? That's Lindenburg's own obsession with the performance art form he wants to help preserve. Burlesque has roots in Victorian England but was popularized in America in the mid-19th century. He staged earlier burlesque shows at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg, beginning in 2007.
"Burlesque is about celebrating women who want liberation, while incorporating comedy. It's about accepting everyone," said Lindenburg, a 2003 graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. "It also focuses on portraying confidence."