Scandalous and infamous burlesque belle, flapper and tap-dancing temptress, Scarlett O’Hora is one third of the fierce LADS and is both badass and hot. We are so looking forward to having her at Luscious Cabaret this Friday. And here she is spilling the beans on her creative process and guilty pleasures …
Tell us a bit about why you decided to start performing.
So I have always performed, I come from a dance background, but the reason I started performing in cabaret was because I found it very liberating to be able to completely own what I do on stage; make all the decision about what i’m going to perform, look like, dance to. And that for me was totally empowering, that I could have such an individual voice on stage and it would be totally my own.
How do you come up with a new act or routine? Give us some insight to your creative process.
So it depends different acts go through different creative processes. Sometimes I’ll be inspired by music or an environment, sometimes a concept comes to mind and I feel compelled to create. My first step in the creation process is always movement, dance.
What’s your next challenge in life or in performing?
Next challenge in life/performing, as I feel for me they are one and the same, is travel! I want to travel more and dance more, use dancing to take me all over the world!
What’s your favourite thing about cabaret?
My favourite thing about cabaret is how subversive it is. I feel like cabaret is so closely ingrained in peoples lives because its entertainment, its art,its a night out unlike going to the theater. People are loud and raucous and themselves in these kinds of spaces!
Where – or for whom – would you most like to perform one day?
I would love to perform somewhere like Stonehenge or The Akropolis. Some where it would be totally disruptive and out of place!
Tell us how you’d spend an ideal day off.
Yoga, admin, dancing! There’s rarely a day off!
Current TV guilty pleasure?
I just finished watching the whole series of Mad Men, which I definitely feel is or should be a guilty pleasure! So hard watching such a sexist programme, but they are all soooo amazingly dressed in that show!
Any memorable audience members that you’ve encountered throughout your career?
Someone once shouted back at the host they didn’t enjoy my performance. I was doing a drag show and I am a woman, so that seemed to be quite difficult for them but I like to challenge people and if it means you might not be at your most comfortable, well I say welcome to life baby!
Without giving too much away, what can we expect from your act?
Expect sass, silly faces and some super sultry moves!