We had the good fortune of connecting with Kitty Catatonic and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kitty, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I was definitely inspired by Tucson’s diverse artists to create my business as a solo performance artist. I started burlesque about six years ago under the mentorship of Lola Torch and I quickly fell for Tucson’s art community. The friends I made, the self expression… Ahh! There is so much talent and so much inspiration! I’ve always had a love for performing, and this community not only supported me, but encouraged me to discover my art.

I taught myself how to angle grind in my backyard. I really wanted to stand out and create something memorable. Burlesque is fun, bold, empowering, and sexy, but I was ready to “add a little bit of spice”! To my knowledge, I am the only angle grinding performer in Tucson. I paved my way as a solo performer by creating acts to shock, entertain, and inspire my community. Bonus points: IT’S SO MUCH FUN!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started burlesque about 6 years ago as an attempt to connect with my chronically ill body and heal sexual trauma. I wanted to show myself how beautiful, powerful, and talented I really am. Burlesque allows me to connect to my body. It creates strength through vulnerability. Creating my own art, getting up on stage in front of strangers to perform naked?? Pretty scary! But pretty damn empowering!

I began my burlesque career under mentorship with Black Cherry Burlesque and am now a solo contract artist and featured performer with the Tucson Libertine League. I frequently incorporate the use of an angle grinder (a power-tool that shoots sparks when struck against metal… and that metal is on my body!) in my acts. I am totally starry eyed at side-show acts and performers and I was absolutely inspired by those badass performers! I had to learn to trust myself fully while grinding, and that took my stage presence to a whole new level.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
– Weekend brunch at The Cup: Bloody Mary bar, cast iron baked eggs, and (spooky) local history? Yes please. – Maico: For some killer lengua tacos.
– Tap & Bottle: My go to beer spot! I am a huge beer fan and T&B is my jam. Their selection is incredible and always rotating.
– Drinks at Owl’s Club: If I were to pick post-dinner cocktails, I would most definitely pick Owl’s Club. I love so much that they lean into its funeral home history with the ambiance. It is the perfect place for a moody craft cocktail.
– Casa Video + Film Bar: To get nostalgic and pick out a movie and a beer for a slumber party! This is one of my most favorite date nights! Bonus points for free popcorn to eat while browsing!
– Drive through Saguaro West: One of my favorite drives! It’s really so beautiful.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shout out to Lola Torch and Lacy O’Ceans for supporting me, teaching me, and inspiring me since the very beginning. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you two!

Instagram: @kittycatatonic

Facebook: facebook.com/thekittycatatonic

Image Credits
Binary Star Photography, Two Steps Ahead Photography

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