Burlesque producer, performer, NOLA ambassador, and healthcare advocate: Trixie Minx
Before the ubiquitous stripper pole, there was burlesque, which in New Orleans went hand in hand with hot jazz in the seedy days of “Storyville.” Burlesque in New Orleans is in a sublime state of resurgence in a way that only NOLA could do: inventive, hilarious, sexy, weird, and wild. This is due much in part to people like Trixie Minx, who is not only a storied performer in her own right, but has become a burlesque producer who has helped usher the art form into the new millennium in her own singular way.
But, like all jobs, “burlesque producer” doesn’t come without its daily stresses and challenges.
“I have probably the most insane business conversations that you will have,” she says, and notes that a typical client meeting might involve everything from negotiating panty colors, clarifying the role of the little people involved in the performance (“on stage, or roaming through the crowd?”), the stilt-walkers’ route, or whether or not the zombie strippers should be actively dripping blood or just artfully spattered with it, Dexter-style. You’re “cooking up a magical meal, but it’s musicians and dancers and costumers and artists, all working together to create this incredible, final product,” says Minx. “We literally make dreams and fantasies a reality on a daily basis. If you can dream it, we can make it happen.”