60 SEC­ONDS WITH...

Chrys Columbine, queen of in­ter­na­tional bur­lesque, clas­si­cal pi­anist and for­mer show­girl at The Act, Dubai

Friday - - OUT & ABOUT -

You were the first-ever bur­lesque artist to per­form on a pub­lic stage in the UAE – how did that feel? It was awe-in­spir­ing. I see the UAE as a brave new world, be­ing an ex­plo­sion of cul­tural de­vel­op­ment, and it was so ex­cit­ing to bring a form of en­ter­tain­ment that is lit­tle-known to crowds who were en­gag­ing and re­spon­sive. You’ve per­formed across the world – are there any stand­out mo­ments? It was a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity to per­form for the Lon­don 2012 Olympics af­ter-par­ties, the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, and with stars Busta Rhymes and Du­ran Du­ran. And what an hon­our to per­form at The Act on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Ho­tel – on the world’s high­est stage. How did you find your way into the world of bur­lesque? I’ve al­ways loved the golden era of Hol­ly­wood glam­our. And af­ter the first bur­lesque show I saw, by a pioneer of Bri­tish bur­lesque, Gwen­do­line Lamour, I was in­stantly hooked. I only gath­ered the courage to per­form my first bur­lesque show years af­ter that. What drew you to mu­sic and play­ing the piano as part of your act? My Ital­ian fa­ther is a semi-pro­fes­sional clas­si­cal gui­tarist who brought me up on clas­si­cal mu­sic, and he op­er­a­trained me when I was 10. And I’m a true mav­er­ick at heart. I’ve never liked to fol­low the crowd. You man­age to look glam­orous 24/7. Any beauty tips to share? You should work out to feel men­tally fit, drink plenty of wa­ter, eat healthily with tons of fresh pro­duce (treat yourself oc­ca­sion­ally) and get lots of sleep. Sim­ply cleans­ing, mois­tur­is­ing and wear­ing sun­screen (SPF50 in my case) all-year-round works won­ders. How does it feel be­ing com­pared to su­per­star Dita Von Teese? She is a pioneer and is pre­dom­i­nantly re­spon­si­ble for the mod­ern-day re­vival of bur­lesque, there­fore it is an hon­our to be com­pared to her. Dita def­i­nitely has a quiet yet sparkling aura about her in per­son. I’ve met her a few times. Are there any new ex­cit­ing tele­vi­sion or Hol­ly­wood ap­pear­ances in the pipe­line for you? Well, I am a lady of tease so it is not in my na­ture to give too much away, but I am be­ing flown out for a lit­tle visit to Hol­ly­wood later in the year. And I’ve just be­gun a very ex­cit­ing, and slightly ran­dom new TV project, but I can’t say more than that!

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