Billie Fontaine

 

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My burlesque career began on the REDACTED stage three years ago under the guidance of Stella Cheeks and Right-This-Way Robbie. Before the debut of the show they were producing I had never stepped foot onstage, at least with the lights on me. In high school, I had done some stage crew work and tech but never saw myself as the performer type. On a whim, I decided to give it a try and I’ll be forever grateful to Stella and Robbie for taking a chance on the weirdo that used her cats as references on her resume.

Since leaving Gorilla Tango to join Plan 9 I have been trying to figure out what my personal performance style is. While I still haven’t quite figured out exactly what that is I have realized I do have a penchant for goofy/nerdy numbers and numbers that allow me to use excessive amounts of fake blood onstage.

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Plan 9 QUESTIONNAIRE 

  • How did you get started in Burlesque and Plan 9?

I auditioned for a GTB show on a whim and became the Yellow Ranger for the Power Rangers Burlesque show. There I got to work with some of the founding members of Plan 9. I had talked forever about wanting to do a Tank Girl number and one night after a Plan 9 show I was offered a guest spot to put up or shut up. I chugged a beer onstage and they decided to keep me. 

  • Is there a story behind your burlesque name?

My name was originally Vicki Van Go-Go but I found that to be too cute for some of the numbers I was doing. I decided to go with something neutral, classic, and just a little nerdy. Billie came about because Billie Holiday will forever be one of my favorite singers. I got Fontaine from the game BioShock.  

  • What is your favorite number?

My favorite number would have to be Rocket Raccoon. This number was the first time I made all of the costume pieces and choreographed it myself. It also has a song that gets the audience cheering the moment it starts. 

  • If you could be any fictional character who would you be and why?

Haruko from FLCL. Who wouldn’t want to be an alien with a flying vespa?

  • What’s one thing people may be surprised to learn about you?

I’m actually terrified of zombies despite my affinity for them. 

  • Where else can people find your work?

Cafe Mustache and various other guest spots around Chicago. 

 

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Lightning Round

  • Star Trek vs Star Wars

Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back)

  • DC vs Marvel

Marvel (Daredevil) 

  • Harry Potter vs Twilight

Harry Potter (Goblet of Fire)

  • Doctor Who vs James Bond

Doctor Who (Matt Smith)

  • What is your dream nerdlesque number?

Daredevil/Elektra