Thursday August 21, 2008

Color Her World! Burlesque Star DARLINDA JUST DARLINDA Winds Up Her "YEAR IN RAINBOW"

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The time has come to bid farewell to “Year in Rainbow.”

For the past twelve months, gung-ho striptease artist Darlinda Just Darlinda has stuck to a strict dress code—six months of wearing only a single color of the rainbow (plus she had to stage a show based on each one) and six months of adorning herself in all the colors combined.

What a quirky and fabulous challenge!

The “living art project” climaxes this Saturday with a burlesque blowout at NYC’s Zipper Theater, featuring Darlinda and a cavalcade of super-colorful performers.

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In an exclusive interview, she elaborated on her fascinating endeavor...

My Comrade:  Are you happy to finally be able to wear brown and other earthy colors?

Darlinda Just Darlinda:  I don't think brown looks good on me—it makes me sleepy.  I am happy to have the option to wear black.

MC:  Was this a queer project?  Were you referencing the gay flag?

DJD:  I am queer, but it wasn’t designed as a queer project.   It was designed to challenge people as to what the rainbow means to them.  The type of rainbow I referenced was the same as the gay flag with six colors, but that’s just because it fit easily into my project format.

MC:  Isn’t it difficult to find rainbow-themed clothing?

DJD:  Not if you go vintage, which is how I dress anyways.  But it was tough to find clothing that had every color in it, so I had to accessorize with whatever color was missing.

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MC:  How did people react to your colorful appearance?

DJD:  I live in Bed-Stuy and a lot of people would ask me to be a clown at their children's birthday party or would just plain old yell, “Clown!”  My outfits also made a lot of people smile, and they would often say that they wished they could wear color, too. I hope I inspired them.

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MC:  What was your favorite solid color to wear for an entire month?

DJD:  I liked all of them except blue, which was boring, I wore jeans and blue shirts and no one noticed!  When I began the project, red was my favorite, so it was the first color I wore to make for an easy transition.   But now if I had to choose a favorite, it would be purple.

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MC:  What's your show going to be like this Saturday?

DJD:  Big and rainbow!  There will be narrated projections from my blog, video from my past events and lots of performers representing different colors and all the shows that I did this past year.  It's 365 days all rolled up into 90 minutes!

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MC: Did you happen to find any pots of gold this past year?

DJD:  Absolutely, people's reactions have been priceless!  Friends and people I don't even know have sent me gifts and photos and shared their experiences that they’ve also had with color!  I'm happy it's over, but I would do it again!

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