Today we’d like to introduce you to Coco Ono.
Coco, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Known as the “Sexistential Crisis”, my name is a combination of Yoko Ono and the chic, liberating attitude of Coco Chanel, women who disrupted the standards of their time. My performances are inspired by conceptual art, ritual and catharsis, expressing racial stereotyping, emotional, physical, and cultural confines – often in dark humor including homages to Andy Warhol and Hunter S. Thompson. This form of expression is where I feel most at home and healing was found in this exchange of vulnerability.
Prior to the pandemic shutdown, I was performing weekly with the Bootleg Bombshells at Townhouse in Venice, monthly with Tarantina at Club Bajia and Night Scene at Slipper Clutch as well as having performed with/at Slipper Room, Asian Burlesque Extravaganza, Bell, Book and Candle, New York Burlesque Festival and Montreal Burlesque Festival.
Most recently, I have been performing and co-curating shows online with Cyber Clown Girls and that has been great. We have been able to help out of work performers as well as donate portions of the tips from each show to organizations of our choice.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road has definitely not been smooth. It has taken me the last decade, a lot of hard work and even tears to build a solid foundation that aligned with my morals and aesthetic and creative freedom.
Shifting fulling to an online platform has had its challenges, however, through Cyber Clown Girls, I’ve found new paths of self-expression I never would have encountered before.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I have been a performer for 15 years, in the last five years I’ve been getting hired specifically as Coco Ono. I specialize in performance, burlesque and installation art. Through the medium of burlesque, I am known for doing acts around my Korean heritage, subversively dismantling stereotyping, food fetish, love and longing, societal taboos, death and political and social issues.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that Los Angeles contains everything from nature to beautiful cityscapes, museums to incredible restaurants. I feel there is something for everyone. What I don’t like is the undeniable wealth gaps and the traffic.
- Instagram: @coco.ono, @cyberclowngirls
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