That's really all there is to it - an aptronym if you will. The concept's simplicity is rather beautiful, and of course rather intriguing.
Do read between the lines...
Whilst the piece itself wasn’t chosen to be part of the show's reading selection, my demonstrated accent was befitting a work which required some delightful Carolina drawl.
Each if the four readers were assigned two readings from the suggestions offered in the pooled research. And now we had to practise reading at a tempo conducive to the entire show timing.
Luckily yours truly managed to clean up alright for our group promotional photographs. Poor Janine, Kelly's fiancée, was a tad surprised at how quickly things got nekkid and did make a polite escape to leave us to it!
The one lady who is not a burlesque performer was a bit nervous about the initial unveiling, whilst the rest f us were only concerned with the delivery of the readings! How was I to stifle these coughs on an intimate stage?! Luckily there was bubbly backstage, solves most dilemmas.
It has to be said: at no stage did we feel that we were being objectified or feel that the setup was in any way seedy or exploitative. Quite the contrary. We were fortunate enough to have two brilliant audiences who were receptive to what we were inviting them into, which was ostensibly a story time session delivered by women who were elegantly coiffed, confident and unappolgetically nude.
Performance art by nature plays with themes that skirt the fringes of societal mores. These artists allow themselves to occupy space as art objects without surrendering agency, and indeed explicitly invite the eyes and minds of audience members to interact with the material presented. The dynamic is inextricable - we need an audience and they in turn need us. Thus sacred time and space exists for the occasion and that energy does seem to be unspoken but absolutely understood in this context.
My absolute favourite readings, however, were excerpts from "How to Spot a Bastard by His Star Sign." The audience was warned and guided in detail as to how to deal with the respective Aries and Leo bastard and some of these gentlemen were even foolish enough to raise their hands when asked if anyone bore these zodiac indicators!
Good clean fun and laughs abound.
"Really enjoyed the show. All the ladies showed exceptional pride in their bodies, which made them exude tons of sex appeal an beauty. The literature was well chosen and each piece read with almost perfect articulation and intonation. Definitely a great platform for promoting the sexiness of literature while at the same time changing ideas about nudity, sexuality and the unrealistic body images that contemporary society is incessantly being bombarded with via mass media. In a nutshell the show was Sexy, Fun, and Positive. (I'm an Aries male by the way :P)"
One did not know what to expect so I was pleasantly surprised by the entertaining content of the readings. They not only read well but they kept you intrigued by the way they read their stories. It was professional, arty, entertaining, interesting and comfortable. Well done!
Excellent, it was well organized and enlightening
This show and this venue were made for each other! It was the best way I could spend my Saturday!
Witty, sexy, brilliant!
Looking at some stills of events held around the world on Michelle L'amour's website, it seems that there is a lot of physical action and interaction on the part of the readers whilst being naked. Some suggestive yet innocent like playing with each other's hair at a "slumber party" and others a tad zany - a band of gung ho pirates with bared privates for instance! Personally, I understand and respect both the more conservative approach which has played out here (which is how burlesque in Cape Town saw its nascence, out of necessity mostly) and the more risqué explorations abroad of what can be done with the naked body in a theatrical context. I'm game for it all - bring it!
Here's hoping that we see some more branches of Naked Girls Reading popping up around South Africa in the near future!