Our third episode looks at reclamation, with guest Ruthe Ordare.
Ruthe Ordare (she/her) is the hips, thighs and bedroom eyes of Vancouver’s burlesque scene. She is a founding member of the all-Indigenous burlesque troupe Virago Nation and recently finished her fifth year as the Artistic Director for the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival. Her signature style infuses the pulse of classic burlesque with a neo twist; weaving comedy, politics, sex and sass into a feast for the senses.
From pointe shoes to pasties, Ruthe started dancing at a young age taking ballet, jazz, tap and anything else she could talk her parents into. She has been a dance instructor for over 20 years and has choreographed multiple full length musicals while attending the University of British Columbia from 2004-09.
Ruthe discovered burlesque in 2011 and was instantly hooked! The freedom to create acts from the early sparks of inspiration all the way to the stage continues to feed her artist’s heart. She is the winner of Best Solo from the 2014 Texas Burlesque Festival and has been featured at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender in 2013, 2015 and 2017. She has been a feature performer for the Ohio Burlesque Festival in 2017 and was invited to headline the Isle of Tease Burlesque Festival (Victoria, BC) in 2019.
Read the transcript here The ‘D’ Word Podcast Transcript- RUTHE ORDARE