Dita Von Teese wants you to do burlesque all the time and everywhere. And you don’t need the fans or the garter belts or the tassels. In fact, you can keep all your clothes on — the nudity isn’t the point. “When you see a great burlesque show, there’s a difference between watching a pretty girl take off her clothes and watching someone kill it,” Von Teese says. “You can feel their spirit and their energy and their authenticity.” Von Teese, one of the best-known performers in modern burlesque, is bringing her latest revue, “The Art of the Teese,” to the Fillmore on Thursday. She talked with us about how to incorporate the burlesque mentality into life’s more mundane moments.
Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Thu., Feb 23, 7:30 p.m., $35.
“I love to put on a great playlist and dance around,” Von Teese says. She particularly recommends Martin Denny’s 1957 lounge-music album “Exotica.” “I feel like I’m in a funny movie and just move around the house faster,” she says. “Martin Denny — it works.”
Shopping for clothes
“What I’ve always loved about burlesque is you can enhance what you’ve got and hide what you want to hide,” Von Teese says. “Stockings and garter belts, bras, stockings, corsets: All these sexy things are covering a lot.” Moreover, never feel you’re past your prime. “I think it’s important we see beauty at all ages and all walks of life and not just pretty little pinup girls who are 25,” Von Teese says. “There’s really something to be said for cultivating who you are.”
On the Metro
There is no need to wrap yourself around the pole. Just standing there is enough. “For sure I’ve got my comfortable clothes on,” Von Teese says. “I don’t always go around in 6-inch heels. I’ve got my ballet flats and sunglasses and red lipstick, and I can move about freely and still be glamorous.”
Life in general
Above all, burlesque is “a lesson on letting your personality come through and not pretending to be someone you’re not,” Von Teese says. “And cultivating all of that wit and wisdom and cleverness, and knowing there’s a connection between that and what makes you sexy onstage or off.”