Kelly Ann Doll Q & A
By Crimson Kitten
CK: Miss Kelly Ann Doll! A pleasure. I bet you're busy as usual?
KD: Pleasure is mine schhweetheart :)
yes yes! I love it, Busy is definitely the right word,but a great time for burlesque, so it's all really exciting at the moment
CK: You're a full time swing, rock n' roll, burlesque and cabaret (phew!) dancer. Any more to add to the list of your talents?
KD :hahaha. well I'm lucky enough to combine all 4 into a daily job, so it taken me 10 years to realise that (and my husband will vouch for this). I pretty much suck at everything else.. cooking, cleaning, sewing, arguing.. so I'm kinda lucky I've got some skills :-).
CK: Do you have a favourite style of dance to perform?
KD: ooo no! I love them all.. the best thing about my job is that I can perform what ever I like, whatever mood I'm in, if I am in the mood for some cheek, I'll do a nice samba mix, or if I am feeling silly I'll do a comic set.. I love that I can choose my routine to match my mood :).
CK: The Red Bennies venue is beautiful, though I'm sure you've seen your share of amazing places. You did a few shows at Zirca Mega Club in Singapore, wow! What was that like?'
KD: oh man, zirca.. seriously.. like nothing you had ever seen, I was lucky enough to share that experience with Sarah Lea Cheesecake, and this venue was every clubbers dream. Massive open spaces, 3 different genre rooms, deluxe settings and seating, it was definitely a fun place to work, the best part was performing on the big nights (xmas and new years). I got to strut my stuff to 4500 people going crazy for burlesque, it was a fantastic feeling, because up until that point, Singapore had a ban on adult entertainment, so implied nudity was prohibited, we had to be very careful not to show our panties.. or else we could be arrested and fined.. it was hilarious, to come from Melbourne being so free and de-sensitised by the nude female form, Singaporians got the shock of their lives, and cleary wanted more. But like all fun things, you always miss home, 3 months of Performing Burlesque to house music can really do your head in.
CK: Where else around the world could you recommend a traveller to?
KD: mmm.. i guess the sad thing is about travelling and performing is that you dont get to stay somewhere for too long to get to know more about it. I loved Berlin and of course London... all were done in the middle of winter so it was a love hate relationship with Europe but very inspiring part of the world. I'll be headed back sometime in March next year to perform in the festivals.
CK: I've checked out your Facebook and MySpace, and seen some videos of you perform. Each show is so unique! I liked the “Here Kitty Kitty” act. Do you enjoy mixing it up?
KD: Thanks! I guess that's the best part of what I do! They are all unique because there is no choreography, just feeling the song choice is the most important part. I'm not too fussed on costumes (mainly becuase no one has seemed to come up with Kelly Doll proof costumes) so I make sure I put 250 precent into the act to make up less bling.. it's up to me to execute the story to the crowd because they are as much apart of my act as I am. I feed off their energy like a sponge it's a good feeling to entertain people.
CK: As part of Burlesque Rhythm and Reality at Red Bennies, what should we get excited to see from you?
KD: Wow! so many great things coming up! Keep an eye out for the next Ruby Revue in Melbourne and the very cool Gangsters Ball tour, Chaz Royale's Big Top Follies Show, Sydney Fringe. Probably the most exciting additiion will be a once in a lifetime event touring with Burlesque Legend, Immodesty Blaze.
But with all of that, I'm excited to come back to my favourite stage at Red Bennies this week! Catch ya on the dance floor!
Kelly Ann Doll will perform as part of Burlesque Rhythm and Reality at Red Bennies Friday 20th August