Neo-Sexy (Weekly Alibi)

Published April 12, 2007

By Marisa Demarco

JJ Pearls has it down to a formula. For every minute of stage time she sees, $10 leaps from her pocket. “You do a five-minute piece, that’s a $50 costume most of the time,” she says.

This is true even though JJ performs with Burlesque Noir, Albuquerque’s primary neo-burlesque company, which isn’t known for its elaborate costuming. In Noir, 14 women work together to conceptualize, choreograph and dance. Though the group doesn’t don the traditionally ornate garb of its revivalist counterparts, even simple garments come with a price.

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(This issue of the Weekly Alibi profiled the entire burlesque community in Albuquerque as of early 2007 Click Here for a listing of all the other articles.)

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