Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-07-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Isaiah Esquire talks about his role in new burlesque documentary
by Molly Sprayregen
2017-03-15

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Isaiah Esquire, an award-winning international burlesque dancer, discusses the empowering nature of burlesque and the significance of the new documentary in which he appears.

Windy City Times: You said in the film that burlesque celebrates the body in a way nothing else really does. How so?

Isaiah Esquire: Besides the many different body types that are doing burlesque and being celebrated for that—being big and round, being very very thin, being really athletic with tons of muscle, having stretch marks and blemishes and moles and wrinkles and all those things, someone is going to look at you and think that you are perfect as you are and just want to clap and cheer with you—burlesque celebrates the body in many different ways like nothing else to me.

When you can spend 10 minutes just taking off your glove to expose your forearm or your hand—and that's what people are just waiting for—you can expose the beauty to these parts of the body that don't get as much attention.

WCT: Describe the relationship with the audience and how that differs from other kinds of performance.

IE: It's kind of like when you see someone doing anything for the first time and just want to surround them in a lot of love and support and encouragement. They are all there knowing that someone is going to expose that part of themselves, literally, emotionally, artistically, that someone is going to express themselves and you want to be your best self and encourage them to do so, so it's a much more engaged, active audience than most shows.

It's not about sitting back and receiving what someone is giving you on stage. It's about actively doing that for them and letting them know how much you support that.

WCT: What are the misconceptions about burlesque that you wish people understood?

IE: That it's all about sex and that the people in it are all rejects and unintelligent, weak, promiscuous people. I have spent a lot of time fighting that, and I know way more women that have been fighting that battle forever.

I know so many intelligent, strong, powerful, fearless women who do burlesque as an outlet or this way of reclaiming their bodies and celebrating that women can be a force to be reckoned with in the business world and also be a special being and that's ok, and the women should be holding that power of their body and how they are perceived and the work they are allowed to do, and I wish that more people understood that.

I have a friend who is a survivor of rape, and her way of being able to reclaim her body and feel sexy and powerful and strong again was burlesque. It provided something to her that nothing else has because she is able to own her body and be visible when she wants to by her own rules and regulations.

WCT: Why is this movie so important?

IE: I think this film is important just like any true burlesque film is in just being able to show the work of a lot of women that have been fighting the good fight in a different kind of feminism. I think it's really powerful, it's important. I think it's time for Americans especially to get a little less uptight about the human body. We all have one. Some just look different, but its just skin, and the focus should be on intention much more than skin shown.

It's one of the few things that everyone shares, so its really important to make that not such a taboo, and I think this film is nice because you're able to get an idea and some insight into the people doing the work versus just seeing what happens on stage. You're able to see how much work actually goes into it for one and how thoughtful and intelligent and evolved the people that are putting it on are.

WCT: What are your dreams for your future?

IE: My dream is to continue performing with my husband. I want to continue performing with him and carving a niche that is uniquely ours and being two very large androgynous male identifying beings in this artistic world and being able to still be gentle and be thoughtful and be kind and still be successful.

I want to inspire as many people as possible to love their bodies. I want to help people that look like me or feel like me to celebrate who they are and for other brown people to finally see someone in a film that looks closer to them I think is a really really important and to continue to express an alternative kind of masculinity. I think my ultimate goal is just to continue doing what I'm already doing.

Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe is open in select theaters, and is available on VOD / iTunes.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Joel Hall's new leader Jacqueline Sinclair takes steps to continue the work 2018-07-04 - "I'm house-hunting today!" Jacqueline Sinclair giggled to Windy City Times over the phone. She's not your average house hunter. The newly named Artistic ...


Gay News

TELEVISION Former 'Drag Race' contestant makes 'Dance' history 2018-07-03 - Miss Estranja ( AKA Jay Jackson, and sometimes known as Miss Laganja Estranja ) made her television debut on season 6 of RuPaul's ...


Gay News

Dance for Life 2018 names companies 2018-06-20 - For its 27th annual event, Dance for Life Chicago presents a diverse group of companies and artists performing Saturday, Aug. 18, at the ...


Gay News

DIFFA/Chicago marks 30th anniversary 2018-06-14 - Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS ( DIFFA )/Chicago marked its 30th anniversary June 9 with a gala, "DIFFA XXX," at the Modern Wing ...


Gay News

Disco documentary to screen June 15 2018-06-12 - The documentary Jewel's Catch One will screen Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island ...


Gay News

Queen! show with CeCe Peniston, Dajae June 22 2018-06-12 - Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley ...


Gay News

Back Lot Bash, fifteen years and still going strong 2018-06-12 - Despite having full-time jobs, the dynamic duo of Amie Klujian and Christina Wiesmore-Roberts have put on the famed lesbian-focused yet all-inclusive Back Lot ...


Gay News

National Museum of Mexican Art hosts annual queer prom 2018-06-06 - On June 1, The National Museum of Mexican Art presented its 13th annual gay prom. The event, in Pilsen, attracted students from all ...


Gay News

DANCIN' FEATS Nora Sharp on their work, 'Small Boobs' 2018-05-30 - "Sometimes I'm just sitting in the barber shop reading GQ Magazine and I'm really into it," said Nora Sharp in a recent interview ...


Gay News

Chi-Town Squares marks 30 years with party, award ceremony 2018-05-30 - Chicago's LGBTQ square dancing club, Chi-Town Squares, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a party and pot-luck dinner, "Take Pride," May 12 at ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.