The opera performer Danielle de Niese who is appearing in
Francesco Cavalli's bawdy opera La Calisto at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich,
Germany, explains that her appearance in La Calisto is different from a
performance like Miley’s.
“She claimed she only strips down when she has 'artistic
Cyrus, she says, is trying to 'break free from her previous
de Niese explains that she believes there is a difference to
sexually charged performances that have to do with the purpose of the
I agree heartily with the idea that it is important for
women to embrace their sexuality and their own sexual identity. The purpose for
performing in a sexual way or stripping down on stage can make the difference
between something being seen as crass and desperate or beautiful and
Of course, it is hard to read a person’s mind when they are
performing. Yes, we might say Miley Cyrus’ performances seem to have to do with
creating a new image, but who are we to say that is wrong?
Yes, it all may be a carefully crafted marketing strategy,
but how do we know if she feels sexually liberated? Only the person behind the
performance can really know if what they are doing has integrity or not.
I believe an opera singer and a pop singer may have artistic
integrity in their sexually alive performances.
I find myself deeply exploring the idea of my own
expressed-sexuality lately. After many years of turning my back on my
stripper/nude model former self, I find myself wanting to return to the roots
of that identity that really were supportive and empowering. I have focused so
much on the negatives of stripping, I feel myself wanting to reconnect to
myself as a “performer” and what that really means to me.
Who decides what is appropriate representation versus
negative for each of us? I can only answer to my own thoughts about what is
integrity-filled for me today.
I want to explore that performer part of myself again, but
on my own terms this time.
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