004: Performance artist JoRose celebrates burlesque and grace over entropy

Burlesque, nerdlesque, and circus arts. Stories of liberation, entropy, and Prince. Josephine Baker, pasties and applause for getting naked. Those are only some of the topics we (un)cover with JoRose as she delves into her experience as a burlesque performer, what inspires her original work, the local landscape, and what’s on the horizon.

JoRose, based in Durham is a performing and performance artist whose talents include acting, singing, aerial and modern dance, writing, visual art, and burlesque. She is a creative force. And she wants to be an astronaut. Read about JoRose’s work and upcoming events on her website www.johannaroseburwell.com. See notes below for additional interesting links.

Podcast recorded at Shadowbox Studio in Durham, NC.

This episode is brought to you by the Soapboxers, the official patrons of the Artist Soapbox. If you like these episodes and want more, get on the Soapbox!

Additional Links:

How performers of color are ‘revolutionizing’ burlesque (PBS NewsHour)

The Nerdlesque Festival 2018

Triangle Circus Arts

Legends, Raleigh

The Official Site of Josephine Baker



Artist Soapbox

Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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