Number of years performing?
"Imogen Quest has been well received on stage and screen around the world as a designer, educator, and entertainer. A member of Canada's première burlesque troupe for performers of colour, Les Femmes Fatales, as well as international clown collective #ClownsKillEmpires, they bring a heightened awareness of the theatrics of modern society into their work. With a true understanding of clown, and a stylish approach to the pageantry of costume and gender, they've been teasing, pleasing, and confusing audiences for many years to great acclaim! Recent theatrical credits include Daughters Of Lillith and the upcoming remount of Letters To The Universe."
List your most notable credits:
THEATRE PERFORMANCE: Daughters Of Lillith (Sister Warrior, Pride Cabaret), Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato, Red Shoe Theatre), Our Country's Good (Aboriginal/Set Design, Germany). BURLESQUE PERFORMANCE: New York Nerdlesque Festival, Ottawa Burlesque Festival, Edmonton Burlesque Festival, Wunder Awards (Paris). TRAINING: University of Waterloo, Ecole Philippe Gaulier, assortment of workshops around the world, some real life shit.
Number of shows with High Society Cabaret?
What are your vintage inspirations?
I was helped a great deal at a young age by having grandparents who had perfected mid-century glamour and elegance. They for sure taught me the style and class that comes with unyielding compassion. A big book of black and white movie stars took care of the rest: Eartha Kitt, Elizabeth Taylor, and Katherine Hepburn taught me that a strong woman suffers no fools. The impeccable looks and dashing charms of Sidney Poitier, Cary Grant, and Paul Newman taught me that a devilish smile and a rakish wit will allow you to get away with almost anything.
What is your favourite thing about performing?
Bringing love and life to an audience.
What is your dream role?
Imogen in Cymbeline (no relation)
What is your favourite era and why?
I have a hard love for Europe between the Wars for the wildness, creativity, and futility of the Art being created then.
What is your most proud performance moment?
TBD. I have a lot of hangups around allowing myself to take pride in my work.
What is your favourite musical and why?
Does Romance & Cigarette count? It's not *exactly* a musical, but it's just so wonderfully bizarre.
Any hidden talents?
Professional clown means that I come with all the balloon twisting and mediocre juggling you can handle. Acrobatics are quite limited, and I only know maybe three magic tricks though. I'm a skilled costumer with a penchant for knitting.
See Imogen as "Theodore Stanley" in White Light Follies September 6th and 7th at Revival Bar! Buy tickets NOW!
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