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Burlesque Photo Series with Sean Scheidt

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As part of the upcoming show and exhibition Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque presented by the students of MICA’s Exhibition Design Seminar, the performers were invited to participate in photographer Sean Scheidt’s burlesque series documenting local burlesque performers in and out of costume. This is just one of the amazing photographs he took of me. I think it captures perfectly my persona as the Sweetheart of Dark. To see the rest of the images and Sean’s other photography work, please visit his website.

Photo by Sean Scheidt

Photo by Sean Scheidt

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Workin’ the Tease Burlesque Hairstyling Workshop

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WorkintheTease hair flier

As part of the upcoming show and exhibition, Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque, the students of the Maryland Institute College of Art Exhibition Design Seminar will be presenting a workshop on burlesque hairstyling this Friday, March 7th, from 6:00-9:00pm at the Graduate Studio Center (131 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD). The workshop will include demonstrations by local stylists, a Q&A session with Baltimore burlesque performers, and a live burlesque performance.

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Baltimore Post Examiner reviews Workin’ the Tease fundraiser

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From left to right (back row): Tapitha Kix, Mourna Handful, Stanley Bothered, Bal'd Lightning, Sunny Sighed,  Cherie Nuit, Shortstaxx, Abigail Parrish; (front row): stage kittens Smitten Kitten and Cheeki Ho.  Photo by David A. Wright

From left to right (back row): Tapitha Kix, Mourna Handful, Stanley Bothered, Bal’d Lightning, Sunny Sighed,
Cherie Nuit, Shortstaxx, Abigail Parrish; (front row): stage kittens Smitten Kitten and Cheeki Ho.
Photo by David A. Wright

I had an absolutely fantastic time performing during the fundraiser for Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque at Area 405 this past Saturday. The venue was total industrial coolness, the audience turnout was amazing, and I had a blast sharing the stage with some of my fellow Workin’ the Tease performers: Cherie Nuit, Tapitha Kix, Short Staxx, Sunny Sighed and Bal’d Lightning, and Hot and Bothered.

Read more about the fundraiser in the Baltimore Post Examiner article featuring a headline image of my Ugly Duckling fan dance!

Photo by Justus Heger

Photo by Justus Heger

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Upcoming Shows

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On Saturday, March 1st, I will be performing with some of Baltimore’s best burlesque performers at AREA 405 to raise funds to help support the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) presentation, “Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque,” in partnership with the Modell Lyric Opera House. The ticketed fundraiser includes live burlesque performances by Mourna Handful, Cherie Nuit, Tapitha Kix, Sunny Sighed and Bal’d Lightning, and Hot and Bothered music, a themed dinner, and auctions of merchandise, memorabilia, and original artwork. Femme-cee for the evening is the exuberant Short Staxx and Sierra Ho and Kat Zotti from MICA’s burlesque troupe will serve as the stage kittens.

Proceeds from this event will help EDS further develop “Workin’ the Tease” and will kick off the celebration of Baltimore’s incredible burlesque scene. Tickets can be purchased here: http://eds.ticketleap.com/fundraiser/ . Please see the Facebook event page for updates.

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Welcome to the new website of Mourna Handful!

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Mae Govannen!

Not all those who wander are lost and you have stumbled your way onto my little plot of digital Middle Earth. Here you will find the musings, photos, and videos of that deletable dichotomy of burlesque (and bonafide LotR geek, if you hadn’t noticed), Mourna Handful. I’m a little bit dark and little bit light, a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. From classic to nerdlesque, I am a contradiction of burlesque. Check back often for updates and upcoming performances.

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Photo by Cheryl Fair Photography