Rome was a Blaize with Immodesty
ROME-- One of the UK’s greatest exports, Immodesty Blaize, was in Rome for two special performances at Micca Club this month. Generally performing large spectaculars, the two shows were part of a comeback after suffering a knee injury mid last year.
Reminiscent of Sophia Loren, Immodesty commands the stage with her embodiment of feminine power and old world charm. Dancing since she was five years old, Immodesty Blaze has become one of the most iconic performers in the world of burlesque.
Inspired by Liberace and the films of Fellini, Rome was an obvious choice for her return to the stage. According to Immodesty, burlesque has its “roots in Italian satirical plays” and the celebration of voluptuous women is second nature in the culture. Although the scene is much younger in Italy than in other European countries the scene is growing in strength and she predicts will have a very vibrant and extensive future, “there will be a crossover in Italy”.
Categorising herself as a classic performer, her style has changed from her beginnings in the industry. Fifteen years ago, Immodesty lived a double life, working in film production during the week and performing in her spare time. She kept her burlesque life a secret until she was forced “to come out of the closet so to speak” when she appeared in a Goldfrapp music video. Since then burlesque has become her world. Although she sees herself as a feminist, burlesque to her does not have a political agenda, “it’s theatre and I am an entertainer”.
In terms of her future and of the art of burlesque, Immodest is confident. Having had to postpone her show last year due to a knee injury her focus now is to recommence the show and bring it across Europe. She has no fear with the strength of burlesque and its imprint in the culture going forward. “With the access of information we have today burlesque has a strong future” Immodesty stated. With this in mind it is safe to say that Immodesty Blaize and burlesque, especially in Italy, will not fade into our cultural history.