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Berlin Strippers Collective can't wait until corona is over: “I'll go to an orgy”

Berlin Strippers collective gathered to discuss how some of their members are feeling during this current situation, and what to do when we get back to normal again.

PHOTO: ANNE LOMBERG

The community has been standing still for more than a month now. How are you?

Edie: Worried. I would not worry too much if I knew that this would end soon. But the fact that I don’t know for how long I will not have an income makes me very anxious. I am also sad to see all the projects we were organizing fading all of the sudden. We had so many plans for the future and were very excited about it and suddenly everything is gone.


Chiqui: Reflective, and very uncertain, I get the feeling this is going to be a very long process and we should get ready for a new sort of normal.


Trixie: Restless...I am used to hopping around the city a lot, so I’m still adjusting to doing everything from home and especially being awake before noon!


Mia: These circumstances have definitely been challenging for me: The lack of income and the uncertainty definitely pose a threat to my mental health, but as I get used to the situation I slowly find creative solutions and learn to accept things as they are. The key is in finding coping mechanisms and keeping in touch with loved ones, even if it is not in person.


PHOTO: PRIVATE

How do you get the days going?

Edie: I do things I did not have time to do when I was busy. Read a lot, watch stuff, exercise, talk a lot to my friends.

Trixie: A long stretch and then freestyling on my home pole!


Mia: My perception of time has been changing and the days don’t feel like they have a beginning and an end like they used to, so I try to be kind to myself when I am not as productive as I think I should be. I try to take care of my mental health and go for walks every day and see the silver lining in the situation. (Mia)

How is your daily routine these days?

Edie: I never liked having a routine – that is one of the reasons why I like being a stripper. I live day by day and do not set any goal, I just wake up and see how I feel and what I want to do.


Chiqui: I make my bed (somehow this gives me a sense of normality) and still trying to do some creative stuff like the online photoshoot. Me and Anne Lomberg did to try to capture how are we feeling during isolation.


Trixie: After the morning freestyle, progressing on all the little writing projects I have here and there throughout the day, of course eating something in-between and reading things I never got around to pre-corona.


Mia: I try to start every day with a small resolution or goal for a sense of purpose. As the days are getting lighter, I try to wake up with the sun and start the day free of electronics. Then I try to reserve some time in my afternoon for learning, reading and writing. Nights are usually to relax, watch movies or video call with my loved ones.


PHOTO: ANNE LOMBERG

Have you discovered something new about yourself by being isolated?

Edie: I have finally learnt that I should not feel guilty or bad about myself if I am not productive. I am a highly active person and I have been brought up with the ideology that I have to use my time in a productive way, that wasting time is like wasting precious days of your life. It is the typical attitude that capitalism pushes us to have. Now I have all this free time and my first thought was “oh I have to make sense of this”. But I finally worked on myself and realized that there is nothing bad if I am not productive. After all, it does not matter. Another important thing I have learnt is to be grateful for what you have, because it can all disappear in one minute. “Edie”

Chiqui: I am completely fine with the idea of doing nothing, and I am good at entertaining even online (my meme game is strong).

Trixie: I am more tech savvy than I thought I was!

Mia: More than discover something new, I have rediscovered old intellectual interests, and also realised that I have some unsolved issues, which has made me decide to take my mental health much more seriously and start going to therapy again once this is over. I have also seen that I don’t thrive in solitude as well as I had always thought, but that I am highly adaptable, as things seem to be getting better with time.

What is the first thing you are going to do in Berlin when this is all over

Edie: Get on stage, I miss the stage. And party and celebrate life with my friends, because this made me realize how uncertain everything can be, so I might as well just celebrate when I can.


Chiqui: DANCE the night away in some sweaty dance floor.


Trixie: Go to an orgy.


Mia: Probably go swimming in a lake with a large group of my best friends, if the weather allows it. Also celebrate my birthday in one of our iconic clubs as soon as we are allowed to go out again!

What initiatives or projects have you been working on during this time?

"Our livelihood was drastically swept out from under our feet, and this caught a lot of us unprepared and that added to the uncertainty of when we will be able to have some sort of 'normality' back in our industry. The shut-down has been a great motivator to increase our online presence, we are currently working on our Patreon and recently opened our twitter account, and we are preparing our first ever online cabaret show for May 14th. Check our social media for updates."

"We have also been so positively overwhelmed by the support of fellow artists, groups and friends who have taken initiatives to raise funds for our collective, among them is Alexandra Ru a wonderful artist who has become a regular at our life drawing sessions, she will be selling some of the drawings she made of us during these sessions and the profits will go to our collective

Another great initiative is by Anne Lomberg, whom with have previously collaborated in a photo series inspired by the strip club and most recently an online photo shoot, she came up with the idea of donating 200 Euros to the collective if she manages to reach a 1000 in her Patreon, if you fancy becoming a patron and get exclusive access to her super sensual photography archives check.

We have also been taking part in Berlin Collective Action - Nightlife Emergency Fund with the aim of providing emergency financial aid to at-risk nightlife workers (including all in person sex work) in Berlin — those whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by COVID-19, and especially those who do not have access to other support systems. If you want to donate, go to Berlin Collective Action: Nightlife Emergency Fund.


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