Kay Sera is proud to have been part of a unique and historic event in the art of burlesque. Over the course of nine months, the Maryland Institute College of Art Exhibition Development Seminar worked with local performers to present “Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque.” (Kay Sera wrote articles on the event in 21st Century Burlesque and Burlesque Beat.)
Kay Sera gave an overview of burlesque’s storied history as well as tips on character development as part of the “Taste of Burlesque with the Pros” workshop and was among the panelists at the “Baltimore Undresses Burlesque” discussion. Kay Sera also was featured in articles about the program in the Baltimore Sun and bthesite, both of which promoted the sold-out main event: The exhibition grand opening and performance at the Modell Lyric Opera House.
The exhibition included costumes, photographs, props and ephemera from Baltimore’s burlesque history and present, as well as fashion photographer Sean Scheidt’s diptych series, Burlesque Transformations. Kay Sera had the opportunity not only to pose for the series, but to share her thoughts on the experience.
The performance showcase itself was an experience Kay Sera is still trying to get her head around. The venue was one in which most performers only dream of appearing and the audience of nearly 1,000 was well beyond the usual scope.